Friday, April 17, 2015

Team Hope For The Warriors Newsletter: April

Team Hope For The Warriors® at MCCS Cherry Point Half 

Team Hope For The Warriors® Members,

In honor of Memorial Day, for the entire month of May, Hope For The Warriors® invites you to participate in the Virtual Run For The Warriors® to honor and remember our service members. The Virtual Run For The Warriors® raises both funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors® and the needs of our military families. It can be completed at any location, pace, distance, with a group or as an individual, and is a great way to inspire one of your training runs.

Register at You can create your own team or participate as an individual. Once you register you will receive a race packet with a Run For The Warriors® T-shirt, dog tag, and a customizable bib to show people who you are running to honor.

The captain of the team that raises the most funds by May 31, with a minimum of $500 raised, will win his or her choice of 2015 Marine Corps Marathon bib, 2015 Marine Corps Marathon 10K bib, or 2015 Army Ten-Miler bib.

2015 Team Races:

Team Hope For The Warriors® registration is rolling for many popular fall events! Our bibs for the Marine Corps Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon 10K, Army Ten-Miler, and TCS NYC Marathon are going fast. If you, or anyone you know is interested in competing in these events on Team Hope For The Warriors® register quickly as we have limited bibs for each race.

Below are the confirmed dates and races for 2015

May 17, 2015 – Marine Corps Historic Half*

October 11, 2015 – Army Ten Miler*

October 25, 2015 – Marine Corps Marathon 10K

October 25, 2015 – Marine Corps Marathon*

November 1, 2015 – TCS NYC Marathon

*Handcycle friendly race

Fundraising Tip:

Tag “Hope For The Warriors” in your Facebook posts and @Hope4Warriors in your tweets about your fundraising or running. This enables your supporters to learn about Hope For The Warriors®, understand the work the organization conducts, and connects them to our social media pages. Connecting your supporters to Hope For The Warriors®, not only increases awareness of the organization, but it is also a way for your supporters to see the work that Hope For The Warriors® is doing.

Training Tip: Goals

Without real tangible goals training, especially for endurance events, can become monotonous or feel purposeless. Goals help you stay motivated and provide direction and focus for training. Whether you have been competing for years, have found a new passion for endurance sports, have a goal of winning events, or want to improve your health, having a goal is important. New York Yankee great, Yogi Berra, states it best, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”

How to set goals:
A great tool to use in the process of setting goals is a SMART goal. These goals help you focus on what you want to accomplish and make you think about how you will achieve the goal.
          SMART goals are:
Specific: Outline what you truly want to do.
Measurable: Include markers to track your progress.
Attainable: Challenge yourself yet be realistic in your expectations.
Relevant: Make sure it is something you are dedicated to.
Time-bound: Set a time in which you want to accomplish the goal.  

Try to set a couple of athletic goals this spring to motivate yourself in your training. Also, remember you have the support of the entire Team Hope For The Warriors® beside you cheering you on as you achieve all of your goals!   

Team Member Corner:

Team Hope For The Warriors® member, Nick Iacono, became hooked on distance running after a friend encouraged him to train and run in the Staten Island Half in October 2014. This March, Nick ran in 2015 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon with the Team. He raised around $5,000 in honor of fallen service member, Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis, who sacrificed his own life to save a Polish service member from a suicide attack. Inspired by Michael’s heroic life, Nick alone was able to fundraise five times the required amount and went above and beyond to help Hope For The Warriors® in their mission of restoring self, family, and hope for all military families. Nick plans to do more distance races both in New York and Washington, D.C. In late April, look for a story on Hope For The Warriors® blog about Nick and his participation in the 2015 NYC Marathon.

Program Information:

Team Gear:
There are new items coming soon to the online store, including a sleeveless Team jersey! As a member of our Team, you can save 10% on all online store items. As you train, be sure to proudly wear the Hope For The Warriors® logo so that people know the reason for your hard work. Visit and use the discount code TEAMH4W.

Charity Navigator:
For the fourth year in a row, Hope For The Warriors® has received a four-star rating on Charity Navigator. This exceptional rating, achieved by only 8% of the nonprofits they evaluate, highlights Hope For The Warriors® financial responsibility to the service members, military families, and families of the fallen we support. Team members can continue to ask people to donate towards fundraising goals with confidence! We invite you to view their latest evaluation of our efforts on the Charity Navigator website.

A Warrior’s Wish®:
This year, Hope For The Warriors® will grant 11 wishes to support service members, veterans, and military families. The nature of these Wishes will vary in scope from business, fitness, financial, and outdoor-related. The enrichment process will continue long after the Wish is granted to promote stability within the lives of these heroes and their families. As the Wishes are granted we will share the stories in the upcoming newsletters. Learn more about A Warriors Wish®

Jack Rabbit Relationship:
Exciting news for all of our Team Members in the New York City area. Team Hope For The Warriors® has partnered up with Jack Rabbit for GROUP RUNS! These runs will take place at one of Jack Rabbit’s locations (Union Square, Upper West, Upper East, or Brooklyn). In addition, Jack Rabbit is offering the Team clinics, such as nutrition and gear. For more information please contact Steve Barto at

Rock ‘n’ Roll Series:
The Rock ‘n’ Roll race series has teamed up with everydayhero as their official fundraising platform. You can now run in any Rock ‘n’ Roll event and raise funds for Hope For The Warriors! Beginning March 1st, every race participant will be asked if they want to fundraise on behalf of their favorite cause during the race registration process. When you register and are asked to choose your charity, pick Hope For The Warriors® and you will automatically be given a Rock ‘n’ Roll everydayhero fundraising page!  

USA Track & Field (USATF):
Hope For The Warriors® is now a USATF Organization and if you are also a USATF member you can now run for Hope For The Warriors® as an organization! Furthermore, you can compete in the USATF championships. For more information please contact Steve Barto at

Run For The Warriors®:
Registration is now open for the following Run For The Warriors® events:
  • 10th Annual Jacksonville Run For The Warriors® Register
  • Inaugural Memorial Day Run For The Warriors® Register 
  • 6th Annual Big Apple Run For The Warriors® Register
  • 4th Annual New Bern Run For The Warriors® Register

For the complete list of races visit, check back frequently for more registration pages coming soon.

Representing the Team:

Be sure to shoot us an email with your race schedule and where you will be wearing your Team jersey. Each time you wear your jersey, you help our mission to restore self, family, and hope. Feel free to share photos and special stories too!

Important Links For Social Media:

Twitter When you tweet be sure to use #TeamH4W

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