By Sophie Pappas
Earlier this year, the Indiana Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society introduced a new program called Moms In Training. MIT is a flexible eight-week training program that gives moms the chance to meet other moms, get in shape, and help cure cancer.
MIT meets on Saturday mornings for run/walk training followed by stretching, yoga, or CrossFit-style workouts. The workouts are stroller and child friendly.
“The reason I got involved with Moms In Training is because I have two boys and am really dedicated to LLS, but I didn’t feel like there was a place for moms in the organization. So we built this community of moms that gives back while getting to know new friends,” said Ali Lemberg, Moms In Training Committee Chair.
Training locations for the fall season are at Meadowlark Park in Carmel and at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis.
More than 20 moms have raised more than $5,000 since August. The program will conclude on Oct. 4 with the Zionsville Hit the Bricks 5K walk/run at Zionsville Community High School.
Starting at 8 a.m., the 32nd annual Hit the Bricks 5K and 2-Mile Fun Run will support local charities and Zionsville youth activities.
The money raised by the MIT moms will go directly to LLS’s research initiatives and patient support services. Funds are used to accelerate new treatments and therapies once thought impossible, as well as help patients navigate the disease once they are diagnosed.
The moms say they will continue training next year and are planning for the eight-week program to begin in late February and end in April with the Carmel Marathon Weekend. Moms will be able to participate in the 5K, 8K, or half marathon. To register for next season, moms should visit http://www.teamintraining.org/in/.
Hit The Bricks
Oct. 4 Zionsville Community High School
5K is $20 for pre-registration
2-Mile Fun Run $15 for pre-registration
Family Entry (2-Mile Event Only) Up to 5 Members is $25 for pre-registration
7 a.m.: Race day registration
8:05 a.m.: 5K run starts
8:15 a.m.: 2 mile fun run starts