May 5, 2011
Colleen M. Magana
Dear Peter Graf and MyTeam Triumph Members,
On April 30th I ran the Parkway 5k in Sacramento and was passed by the most amazing group of people that I have ever seen. Two teams pushing two teens in MyTeam Triumph wagons joyfully, and what looked like effortlessly, jogged by while one of the teens yelled “go...go...go” the whole time they ran. At first I thought he was cheering me on and then it hit me that he was so excited and was having so much fun that “go…go…go” was all he could say to express his excitement and gratitude for the experience of running in a road race. I knew that moment, that I wanted to be a part of his team.
I am a 29-year-old mother of one, who has battled asthma my whole life. I run regularly and participate in several physical activities so my asthma is currently under control. However, it was not when I was younger so I know how disappointing it can be to see others do something as simple as running, when you yourself cannot do it. As an adult, I want to give back to those who are going through what I went through so that they too can be a part of the excitement and fun.
I really look forward to volunteering with MyTeam Triumph in 5ks, 10ks, and triathlons. I have participated in several of each and am prepared to train harder to make sure I am ready to assist my Captains. I am ready to prepare any information from my doctor, my personal trainer, and the coaches I trained with for a half-marathon to quiet any concerns that may come about due to my asthma. I really feel MyTeam Triumph is the right fit for me and I hope I can be a part of your community.