The Running Realtor: Running Realtor joins Connecticut Chapter of Team in Training

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Running Realtor joins Connecticut Chapter of Team in Training



On January 1st when I sat in my office waiting to run the Frosty 5k in Guilford my thoughts of a running goal for the year was not well defined.  At the end of my first year running I did a 5 miles, my second year's goal was completion of a half marathon and at the beginning of my third year a full 26.2 mile marathon seemed huge. Initially my idea was to call it a plateau year and just stick to my 5k events and try another half hoping to improve my time.

One of the first pieces of mail I received in 2008 was from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society inviting me to learn more about their Team in Training and I noticed the Fairfield Half Marathon that I thought I would run for the second time was an event in which they were involved so I attended the meeting.

Learning that Team in Training provides the largest fundraising for the society and this is their 20th Anniversary with an event scheduled shortly after my 50th Birthday I decided 2008 was the year of my marathon fate.  This spring I will build my endurance to complete the 26.2 mile Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego. 

In additon to many many training miles before the event I need to raise a bit of cash. The Team in Training along with help from povides any easy and secure method of making CONTRIBUTIONS.

 Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Society's mission.  Your contribution regardless of size provides me the encouragement needed to reach the finish line and gives researchers the financial backing to find a cure.

Contact Dan Cummings - The Running Realtor via email to if you would prefer to send a check for your tax deductible contribution to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Comment balloon 18 commentsNo Longer Active • January 18 2008 07:09PM


Dan, My husband ran the San Diego Rock and Roll marathon in 2005. He ran and I shopped!!!! :0)

Maybe I'll talk my husband into running again so I can have a shopping partner this time. Are you in Sandra? :0)

Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Dan - this is impressive - got a few loose ends to tie up - but will certainly be cheering you on!
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 11 years ago
Laughing at Andrew's comment! You know we are behind you, Dan!! (And I'll add to Andrew's comment...keep the shorts a decent length also!!) ;-)
Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) about 11 years ago

Mana... Not sure what Sandra is planning... Out of a bout 30 events she has only attended a few but she is expressing some interest in this one.

Thesa... I'll try to stick with the elite runners in the lead so keep yourself glued to the TV... LOL

Andrew... Thanks, you can click the link and make donations on-line with a credit card also if its easier.  I don't need spandex to scare children and didn't even give the evil eye to a little girl at the Outback last week as she walked by our table with her squeaky shoes for the tenth time... Once was cute, twice was fine but after 15 minutes it was a bit much.

Elizabeth.... My shorts are always decent length but sometimes a camera catches me without them when I'm changing after a race!

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Way to go Dan!  I plan to do the Arizona Distance Classic half in March, and the Phoenix Rock N Roll full marathon (my first) in January.  Of course, this is all dependant on the outcome of my visit to the orthopedic surgeon on Wednesday.  Possible torn meniscus.  My future may be in race-walking or bodybuilding!

Tucson Dawn

Posted by Dawn Heinemann, The Peter DeLuca Team (Long Realty Company) about 11 years ago
Dawn... Didn't realize you building towards a half so quickly... Thought your knee was giving you enough trouble at short distances.  Race walkers can move right along.. My first event was a 2 mile walk where I managed a pace of 11:12 and was feeling good.  A few weeks later I did my first 5K "running" and finished with a pace of 11:11!  Yes, only 1 second per mile faster but hobbled around in pain for a week...
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Dan I went on the website to make a contribution, but in order to put it on my Visa Card I have to give them my card’s security code, and I do not give that out especially on the net.  So send me an e-mail with the address for me to send a check to, and I will get it out to you next week.  It wouldn’t be a lot but it will hopefully get you a little closer to your goal.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 11 years ago
George.... Is the cards security code an unusual request?  Since I have been dealing with on-line purchases for years without any problems I never worry but will email you now.  The amount of each donation is not important, whether it takes 200 people giving an average or $25 each or 2000 offering $2.50 each the end result is the same financially but the smaller donations mean I have reached more people and made them aware of how close medical research is to finding a cure and helping thousands of families.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Dan I was told to never give out those three digits especially over the net.  I also make purchases over the net with my credit card, but they never ask for those three digits, so I do not know why they are asking for them with a donation.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 11 years ago
Dan, This is a great cause for your run!  When is the R&R marathon?  I won't run, but I can shop ;)     
Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Partners Trust Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Dan - You have my admiration and respect. Please keep us posted.
Posted by Tom Plant ( about 11 years ago

George... I always thought that 3 or 4 digit code was to prove you had the card when doing on-line or phone purchases where the vendor is unable to make the imprint or now-a-days swipe the card.

Elaine...  The run starts at 6:30 am Sunday June 1.  The more I look at details the harder it sounds but suppose after 4 months of training I'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

Tom... It's actually fun and challenging.  Some people take it way to serious and kill themselves racing the clock. I'm fine at my slower pace and even carry a camera to stop and take photos along the way.  The elite runners will finish a few hours ahead of me and there will be people coming in a few hours after me.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Team in Training is amazing, and if you are going to do a marathon, San Diego is definitely a great place to do it!!
Posted by Ginger Wilcox (Sindeo) about 11 years ago
Any ideas on how to like running? I hate cardio, but know I need it~
Posted by Michael McEleney, ' Honesty. Integrity. Loyalty.' (Urban Acres Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Ginger.... The Rock-n-Roll Marathon in San Diego is their biggest single fund raiser so I figured I'd shoot for the top!

Michael... I never understood the attraction years ago and never did cardio at the gym but once I started running I enjoyed it. Nice to put on the ipod and head out in the fresh are for some quiet time.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Dan, great post.  I appreciate all of your hard work to run, raise money for this most important cause.  My wife is also apart of the Fayetteville, NC Chapter.  It is amazing to see peoples lives being change through this organization.
Posted by Marvin Thomas (Allegiance Mortgage Corparation) about 11 years ago
Marvin... It does seem like a great group of people managing the program and raises much needed research money.  I still need to perfect my fund-raising techniques because my response rate is not as high as I anticipated and I cannot keep up my current mailing pace with postage being so expensive.  I was surprised most people that donate send a check instead of going on line.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Dan, I am a big fan of TNT and would love to support it as well.  Will you send me an email with your address an I will get a check in the mail as well.  I did a half ironman with them a few years back and it was a blast.  

Posted by Kevin Downs (RedTail Mountain) almost 11 years ago

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