Maggie Rusch

Professional Triathlete

rev3's run across america

get the trislide and moleskin ready: i've signed up to join the last four days of rev3’s “run across america”, which means i’ll be jumping in with the crew around the knoxville area, shacking up in an RV en route to d.c. and run-run-running my legs off. but more importantly, it means that i'll be part of a phenomenal fundraising and awareness effort to support the Ulman Cancer Fund as they work to support, educate, connect and empower young adult cancer patients and survivors. you can also learn more about them via their website, facebooktwitter or youtube pages.

come next april, i’ll have the honor of joining the ten-person team for a 3121-mile cross-country adventure. the crew plans to start march 26th in oceanside, ca and then spend the next 21 days making the trek to washington, d.c., with the goal of raising over $100,000 along the way.

so why should you care? unfortunately, it's all too common that we have a friend, loved one, co-worker, who's had to fight cancer, all while trying to balance the other responsibilities and minutiae of the day-to-day. and since the Ulman Cancer Fund is doing a rockstar job of both supporting today's cancer survivors and looking to prevent those in the future, this is a group you're going to want to pay attention to. we've all been touched by cancer in some way, and it's time to fight back.

in fact, i'll be running in honor of one tough inspirational mama, who's managed to battle cancer, undergo chemo and hold down her normal tough-as-nails job, all with a positive attitude. she's an inspiration and a reminder that any pain we go through in training, running or triathlon is nothing compared to the hurdles you have to overcome after being diagnosed with cancer.

for all you d.c. peeps, our crew will be arriving in the district on April 16th at georgetown hospital's lombardi cancer center. i hope you'll join us for the after party as we celebrate breaking our $100,000 fundraising goal, gaining support and (hopefully) making it across the country in one piece. i'll be peppering the blog with future updates but i hope at least some of you guys can commit to support such a great cause, whether a small donation, running along the way or just showing up at the finish. it's truly for a cause like no other.

and except for a few minor details*, i guess you could say it will be a little like this:

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*those minor details: we're running for a very "particular" reason, charlie's probably not going to look like a homeless forrest gump and instead of red bubba gump trucker hats, we'll be sporting blue rev3 visors. :)

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