Our collective push this week is to drive team registration.   

We are all surrounded by people who plan to walk or run with us but just haven’t signed up yet.   Drive the importance of early registration home.   Financial relief for our beneficiaries is immediate and early registration allows us to anticipate team shirt needs / reduce costs by ordering in bulk.

Don’t estimate the power of bringing just one friend to the team.  Each person who joins brings their entire network should they choose to fundraise.  Beyond dollars raised, they are another person on the course on September 29th showing their support and compassion, the very mission of Steps Together.  

Promote the walk/run in your office, gym or school!  While we don't offer a place for people to sign up as part of an office or gym team, that can easily be organized by you.   Here is a draft paragraph you might want to include when you announce that you are walking or running.  Add in the event you are doing, maybe who you are walking/running for and an idea like our team will all wear hats, arm bands, bandannas, meet for breakfast after, etc....... as long as you all still wear the Steps Together shirt! 

Steps Together is a Hillsborough based nonprofit that is dedicated to inspiring our community to pay their blessing forward and support families facing a medical crisis. They are 100% volunteer and are currently raising funds for 8 beneficiaries by inviting participants to join them in The Steeplechase Distance Walk/Run on Sunday, September 29th in Hillsborough.    Events offered are a 5K walk (with 2-mile option), 5K run, 10K run and sprints for children ages 2 to 11.   For their donations, participants receive registration in the walk/run, guided training via email with training tips, suggested workouts, invitations to attend group training sessions, and fundraising advice should they wish to expand their donation network.    Team members also receive a team shirt to wear on event day which will highlight both team sponsors and participating beneficiaries.    The fee to participate in the 5K and 10K is $50, the fee for children is $20.    The 10K will start at 8:45 AM, the 5K will start at 9:30 and the sprints for children are at 10:45. 

How can you join my team?

1.  Meet the beneficiaries of the 2013 team by visiting or by watching this short video

2.  Register online and make your tax deductible donation at  Please note that you will be asked to specify the beneficiary or beneficiaries you would like to support with your registration.

3.  Forward your confirmation to me so we know you are a part of my team!   

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me or Steps Together founder Courtney Newman at / 908-872-0217. 



This weeks training tip comes from “The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer” by David Whitsett.   We think it’s an excellent title for a book as the inclusion of non-runner and marathon shows that anyone can be an endurance athlete.  

The book talks about visualization and how to use it as a survival method. As distances get longer in your training, your body gets tired and negative thoughts start to creep in.  The mental aspect can make or break you.

David Whitsett suggests creating two short mental videos and using your mind as a video player.

The first mental video should be about the best training walk/run you’ve ever had.  Where did you go? What did you see?  What did you wear?  Who was there?  What was the weather like? How did you feel?  Think of all your answers in detail and then use them to create a mental highlights video. 

The second mental video should be about the finish line you will be crossing on September 29th.   What will you look like?  What will the sea of people in matching shirts paying it forward look like?  Who will be there? What will the weather be like? What will the crowd be saying as they cheer you on?  How will you be feeling?  Create a mental video highlighting the finish line. 

Now on your training walks/runs when those negative thoughts come into your mind, take the negative video out of your mind (actually physically toss it away) and play one of these positive videos.  You’ll forget all about focusing on the negative and feel some instant energy. 

The more you practice visualization during your training, the more useful it will be should you need it on September 29th.