Team in Training (TNT), The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s endurance sports training program (which just so happens to be the world’s largest), is catering to the needs of time-crunched mothers with its new program, Moms in Training.
The program, which started in New York City last year, is now offered in ten cities from Boston to San Francisco. Every Saturday morning starting this month, moms across the country will gather for 60- to 75-minute coach-led cross-training workouts to prep for a summer 5K or 10K runs—kids welcome, just as long as they stay in their strollers.
That’s a lot more feasible for moms than TNT’s distance programs—like marathons, triathlons, and century bike rides (AKA not-so baby friendly).
It all started with TNT’s senior director, athlete Helena Scott, “who completed four marathons through TNT,” says TNT public relations manager Amanda Bullock of the charitable organization’s decision to start a program for moms. “But after having kids, she knew marathons weren’t a reality anymore. She was looking for a way to stay in shape, meet other moms, and support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, all at the same time.”
The ability to bring your baby to your work out, the shorter running distances, and therefore shorter running times, all make the TNT experience feasible for busy mothers, Bullock adds. A $500 fundraising minimum (which participants usually raise through friends and family) covers weekly sessions and race registration, and goes directly to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
As for fathers, a Dads in Training program is gearing up guys for the Spartan Race offered in New York City. These TNT kids are going to have some fit folks. —Jamie McKillop
For more information, visit www.teamintraining.org