Monthly Archives: November 2016

Running Towards a Goal

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Believe it or not, Christina Lazaro is the first of our blog contributors who has been participating in Withum 300 since it was created in 2014. And while joining the group didn’t get her to start running, it has changed her attitude towards running and pushed her towards accomplishing previously unthinkable goals. In this month’s blog post, Christina talks about how her perspective of running and the group has shifted over the past three years:

I played soccer my whole life and learned in high school that endurance alone could win a game, so I did track during the off-season to stay in shape. I have always enjoyed running. So when soccer ended, running continued. What I have always liked about running is that you are completely in control of the outcome. It is also time for you, to think, or to not think – whichever is more applicable at the moment.

Before the first year of Withum 300, I never tracked my miles. When the first e-mail about Withum 300 came across, I ignored it. Running was for me. It was my escape. I didn’t want to be held accountable. I didn’t want to stress if I struggled to meet the goal. I wasn’t doing it.

And then Jose Antunes signed me up. Ugh. So there I had it, I would be running 300 tracked miles during 2014. So I did. Christmas Day 2014, I had run 301.3 miles during the year. Merry Christmas to me! Good. Done. Bye, pressure.

And then came State of the Firm 2015, where Bill announced we would be doing it again. Greatttt. Now that I’ve started, I can’t not continue, right? But I already ran 300 miles, so now what?

Four hundred. That’s what. Now I was determined to run 400 miles in 2015. Then sometime during 2015, my attitude began changing. I was exploring new cities by running. I was being encouraged by my fellow Withum 300 runners. I liked being held accountable. I was having fun. I hit my goal and kept going.

This year was approaching. I was ready with my goal of 500 miles and was excited to learn of the incorporation of the 50-cents-per-mile donation to the Staff Hardship Relief Fund. To be able to do something I enjoy with the bonus of my efforts supporting the Fund is so encouraging and fulfilling to me.

I ended November with 565 miles. If someone told me in 2014 that I would run 565 miles in 2016, I would have laughed. I cannot believe the goals I am hitting and how motivated I am. I am excited to continue running along with my Withum family and look forward to setting, and hitting, new goals.

October 2016 Progress Update

With only a few months left of 2016, our Withum 300 health and fitness group is picking up the pace and continuing to pile on the miles. For the month of October, our team completed nearly 4,700 miles! Amazingly, over 50 participants have now completed the challenge and have achieved their goal of hitting 300 miles or more within the year. Even more impressive, over 20 individuals hit our “Withum 300 Gold” honor (500 miles), four of which have now surpassed the 1,000 mile mark! Congratulations to everyone for their hard work!

We would like to congratulate the following people, who have reached or surpassed the following milestones as of the end of October:

10 Miles:
  • Danielle Atkinson
  • Isabelle Wissocki
  • Jack Walston
  • Amanda Reed-Darby
  • Andrew Sariyan
25 Miles:
  • Jessica Cicero
  • Shannon Metz
  • Terry Mullen
  • Sara Crozier
  • Jasmina Woodson
  • Peter Koar
  • Michael Jones
  • John Smith
  • Brian Mendes
  • Phil Craft
  • Sandi Altavilla
  • Rebekah Albert
  • Jamie Quinn
  • Bobby Mandetta
  • Logan Seaman
  • Halston Fernandez
  • Taryn Bostjancic
  • Kayla Heaslip
  • Matthias Burbaum
  • Carly Luczak
  • Anastasia Noce
  • Peter Sullivan
  • Hal Terr
75 Miles:
  • Kyle Grunstra
  • Solomon Feraidoon
  • Melissa Soranno
  • Jarrod Rhen
  • Chris DeMayo
  • Darko Naumoski
  • Alex Holderbaum
  • Steve Wilkin
  • Stephanie Hill
  • Diana Cipriano
  • Susan Murphy
100 Miles:
  • Kathy Sikora
  • Gina McAllister
  • Amanda Simanton
  • Debbie Santangelo
  • Matt Basilo
  • Corie Long
  • Jennifer Safeer
  • Teresa Crabtree
  • Kirk Holderbaum
  • Kevin Baumann
  • Tanina Khanuja
  • Melody Peaten
  • Sean Linde
  • Tom Farrell
  • Robert Schachter
  • Caroline Neves
  • Jeanette Emmons
  • Lauren Naples
  • Nicole Lorenc
  • Fran Domitrowski
  • Cathy Bendall
  • Dan Vitale
  • Liz Shullstrom
  • Russell Goldberg
  • Allesan Palumbo
  • Steve Yardumian
  • Erik Halluska
  • Laura Riso
200 Miles:
  • Maria Inciardi
  • Nina Chmura
  • Rob Belmonte
  • Kristin Hayes
  • Helene Morizzo
  • Dominique Falcone
  • Pat Schuman
  • Ryan Herring
  • Allison Gorga
  • Lisa Frank
  • Michael Yarrow
  • Lauren Taguer
  • Vanessa Wyatt
  • Karen Koch
  • Rob Lightman
  • Denise Inverso
  • Hillary Flook
  • Brian Wallace
  • Joe Fede
  • Krysten Hambrook
  • Lisa Quinones
  • Lore Bilbao
  • Melissa Roth
  • Steven Schoer
  • Tim Tyrrell
  • Fatema Raza
  • Tom Girone
  • Adrienne Anderson
  • Jim Mulroy
  • Steve Talkowsky
  • Michelle Aurich
  • Brenna Agamaite
  • Brian Lovett
  • Aamir Ramjoo
  • Amanda Ginder
  • Jeff Shlefstein
  • Ray Owens
  • Zsia Rosmarin
  • Susan Cohn
300 Miles:
  • Dan Richardson
  • Amanda Wilkie
  • Nicole DeRosa
  • Jordan Ghaffari
  • Emily Furey
  • Jim Rickard
  • Jessica Offer
  • Jessica Leuthold
  • Paul Gergel
  • Bill Sansone
  • Stephen Antenucci
  • Joseph Ruppe
  • Kathy Huff
Mile A Day Club:
  • Karen Henderson
  • William McClusky
  • Karen Williams
  • Christopher Smith
Withum 300 Silver:
  • Sima Maslow
  • Brian Dethlefsen
  • Kevin Margiatto
  • Ken DeGraw
  • Paul Kuhl
  • Kelsi Morrison
  • Rick Coyne
  • Kimberlee Phelan
  • Donna Palsa
  • Ottaviana De Ruvo
  • Keirstin Kain
  • Ruth Seip
  • Edward Hofma
Withum 300 Gold:
  • Christina Lazaro
  • Rob Reynolds
  • John Schrumpf
  • Dolly Ayala
  • Megan Boullianne
  • Carol McCarty
  • Rhonda Maraziti
  • Jose Antunes
  • Tom Angell
  • Scott Mariani
  • Amy Lafontaine
  • Joshua Davis
  • Shawn Henderson
  • Doris Martinez
  • Lisa Cappiello
  • Matthew Walsh
  • Jim Bourke
  • Bill Hagaman
  • Charlie Bramley
  • Ivan Brown
  • Emmy Zhu