Motivation from the Heart: Club Fit members take to the trails at Rockefeller for Sandy Hook Memorial Virtual 5K

February 7, 2013 by Liz


It’s not always about doing something good for ourselves. In fact, the most inspiring stories are often born of the things we do out of the goodness of our hearts, our wanting to make a difference and the depths of compassion we embrace. That’s why We want to share this story with you. Not just because these women we’re about to tell you about are Club Fit members, but because they are exceptional individuals that are trying to make a difference in whatever way that they can.

Martha Klein and her fellow teammates; Laureen Fitzgerald, Sharon Edmonds, Kathleen Crowley, Janet Hartman, Mary Oliver, Gerry Mattia, Caroline Curvan, Kim Carrafiello and Ann Zimmerman all took to the trails at Rockefeller State Park on January 27. Why? To run a Virtual 5K of which all the proceeds went to the United Way for the victims of the recent and tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Martha was originally contacted by a group from Tampa, FL. The group was promoting a virtual 5K/Half Marathon fundraiser for the victims of Newtown. The event was nationwide with over 10,000 participants and it didn’t take long for Martha and this team of extraordinary women to get on board!

Martha had a lot to say about her experience but a few things struck to the heart of the matter right away: “I knew without missing a beat that this was something that would resonate with all of us. We run all the time, not always together but always there for each other . . . And now we could share it. With those who have lost so much and lives are changed forever. How could we not?” Martha went on to say, “Personally I felt incredibly lucky that I was able to do something. Anything. Every time I run Rockefeller now I will always take a moment to be thankful that my children are safe. And hope that the families in Newtown find peace.”

Janet Hartman said “My experience with this run also made me feel so good being able to do something for the families who lost a child or loved one on that tragic day in Sandy Hook. In addition, after our run I bumped into a few other running friends in a Starbucks. They asked me about my bib – and with teared up eyes – touched it and said, “I’m going to get a group of friends together to register and run in their memory as well.” It is certainly evident that the goodness we put forward can spread when we are willing to support a cause we care so much about. Simply, these ladies inspire others to pay it forward.

Laureen Fitzgerald, an avid runner who is also in part responsible for putting together the annual Rockwood Ramble, said “It was a way for us to honor the victims of this tragedy and reflect upon their memory.”

Knowing that there are ladies like this right next to us should certainly give us a little nudge to use what we have in order to do something good. Whether it is one small act of kindness or a huge collaborative effort, it begins with the thought. We will all take something positive away from their experience. A sincere “thank you” to all of you compassionate ladies for sharing your experience with our community.

For more information on the virtual 5K/Marathon, visit the
Sandy Hook Memorial Half Marathon and 5K Facebook page
If you wish to make a donation please click here: Our Hearts With Sandy Hook

Want to start training for a 5K but need a little help? Contact sreiner@clubfit.com for more information on Club Fit’s Couch to 5K program. Maybe you’ll even see Laureen at the Rockwood Ramble this year! Who will you run for?
Remember, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu