Friday, June 26, 2015

Team Hope For The Warriors® Newsletter: June

Team Hope For The Warriors® Members,

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

Army Ten Miler* Oct. 11, 2015

Marine Corps Marathon* Oct. 25, 2015
Marine Corps Marathon 10K 

TCS NYC Marathon Nov. 1, 2015 

*Handcycle friendly race

Fundraising Tip:

Let friends and family know who and what they are supporting by donating. Share your personal story of why you're supporting military families. Also, share a Hope For The Warriors® blog post with your supporters so they can see the impact of their donation. Keep supporters updated on your training and fundraising progress as you approach race day.

Training Tip:

Now that it’s summer time, the days are longer and the temperature is higher. Consider these tips for warmer weather training:
  •  In humid climates, the coolest part of the day is at dawn. In less humid climates, the coolest part of the day is in the evening time. If you cannot run in the coolest part of the day, pick a shady course to keep yourself out of the sun. 

  • Acclimate yourself to the weather. Start slow if you haven’t been in the heat for a while and increase your time outside as you progress weekly. On days when the temperature is really high, consider keeping your workout indoors or go for a swim. 

  •  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You will lose water and electrolytes faster in the warmer weather. Drink more water than the recommended amount in order to replace the amount of water you lose through sweat. Be sure to get water from all the water stations during races or keep water with you as you train.
  •  Be sure to give yourself at least one day of rest each week. Take some time off so your body can recover. Without rest, you will be more prone to injuries and negatively affect your progress. Spend the day with family and friends to enjoy the summer time. 

Team Member Corner: Nelson Pacheco

Written by his daughter, Isabella Pacheco, as Nelson is currently serving in Afghanistan on his 5th tour. Both Isabella and Nelson will be running the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon this fall. 

My dad, Nelson Pacheco, has been active in the Air Force for the past 33 years and continues to serve his country selflessly, now on his 5th tour. He is a man of great spirits, full of joy, and proud to serve in the military. Running on Team Hope For the Warriors® is one of the many ways my dad helps our men and women who are fighting for our country. He runs with a spirit of devotion and care for our soldiers. He has been running for the past 20 years and introduced me to the great sport. Running is not only a sport to my father and I, but also a way we help provide for the needs of service members and give attention to great organizations like Hope For The Warriors®. My dad volunteers and devotes himself to others, which I’ve admired throughout my life. He is my role model, my loving dad, and an inspiration to many. I salute my dad and all the warriors who protect our way of life. 

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®

For more information please contact Steve Barto at

Port Jefferson Dragon Boat Race Festival:

Hope For The Warriors® will have a team in the 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival at the harbor of Port Jefferson Village, NY on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9 A.M. Please visit for more information or contact Jennifer Friedel at if you are interested in participating with Hope For The Warriors®.  

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

Educated Running, Form 101: 
Check out the video of Team Hope For The Warriors® member reviewing her running form. She worked with running coaches and discussed a number of easy ways to improve running form through body posture, cadence, foot-strike, and more at NYC JackRabbit. 

Run For The Warriors®:
Registration is now open for the following Run For The Warriors® events:
  • 4th Annual New Bern Run For The Warriors® Register
  • 6th Annual Sunset Run For The Warriors® Register
  • 5th Annual Harmon Meadow Run For The Warriors® Register
  • ASA Sponsored Run For The Warriors® Register
  • 8th Annual Long Island Run For The Warriors® Register 
For the complete list of races visit, check back frequently for more registration pages coming soon.

More Athletic Events Around the Country: 

HyVee Pinky Swear 5K Family Run: For more information please visit:

HyVee Pinky Swear Kid’s Triathlon:
For more information please visit: 

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 use #TeamH4W

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