Running To Give Back

15541647_10207934535784658_8219459992864596489_nSome of our runners joined Withum 300 to stay or get in shape. Others did it to hold themselves accountable. Or because they have a genuine passion for running. And then some participate for the sense of community — joining together with the purpose of hitting a common goal. With around 250 participants, it’s not surprising that several motivations exist. In this month’s guest blog entry, Brooke Morgan, a Marketing Coordinator in our Philadelphia office, tells us how it wasn’t a love of running that got her involved in the group — it was the opportunity to help others.

I started with Withum in August of 2016 after leaving a job at a company I had grown very comfortable at. My job search began the same way any professional’s would in the 21st century: scouring the internet, specifically LinkedIn, for opportunities on a daily basis. When I came across a job posting at Withum, I did a background investigation of the firm because I had heard of the Withum name but didn’t know enough about the firm culture. In doing this research, I found that Withum was rated one of the best places to work in a majority of the cities that it had offices in. The reasons for why it deserves that accolade is extensive, but the one that stuck out to me the most was its devotion to give back. And with this discovery, I knew I had to apply for that job.

Growing up, I watched my parents find joy in giving back to others. Whether they know it or not, they raised me on the notion that when you are given many blessings, you must find ways to bless others in return, no matter how small. It is a lesson that has stuck with me since I was little and I have no intention of forgetting it any time soon.

After officially starting at Withum, I began to learn about all of the company’s initiatives I had read about when researching the firm. I loved that the firm had created ways to not only give back to the surrounding communities, but also the team members it employs. When I learned about the Withum 300 and how the firm was willing to match fifty cents to every mile run by participants with an overall goal of donating the funds to the Staff Hardship Relief Fund, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. Okay, that’s a lie. I did a little.

Running has never been one of my favorite activities and I won’t pretend that it will become one in the future. I would be lying if I said I was not a little intimidated to participate in the initiative when I heard at Withum’s State of the Firm in January that nine people ran over 1,000 miles in 2016. I’m not sure I have run 1,000 miles in my entire life! Then I read the Withum 300 blog and was relieved to find that not everyone who participates gets that “runner’s high” every time they hit the treadmill. For me, running has always just been a way to stay in shape, to get my 10,000 Fitbit steps in, or one of the ways to get the universally suggested minimum of 30 minutes of cardio in every day.

Since starting with the Withum 300, it doesn’t take nearly as much will-power to motivate me to run. I surprisingly want to push myself to run that extra mile every day just because I know that it will help me live up to my parents’ and my personal expectation of helping others. And what better way to give back than to my Withum team members who I may not even know are suffering from a tragedy? Are there days I come home and don’t want to run? Of course! If that is the case, I cut myself some slack and elliptical or power walk instead, just as long as I am getting my miles in. And if I miss a day due to a previous commitment, I make sure that I make up for it on the days that I do run.

Arthur Ashe once said, “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” If you aren’t participating in the Withum 300 but are able to run, I encourage you to join us on this yearly journey even if you do not enjoy running. Not only will it lead to a healthy heart and overall lifestyle, it will lead to a joyful one as well!

February 2017 Progress Update

After only two full months, two of our runners have already completed the Withum 300 challenge! In addition, over 30 individuals have surpassed the 100 mile marker! Despite the time restraints as the result of “busy season,” the group completed nearly 5,600 miles in the month of February, bringing their 2017 total to almost 11,400 miles. This means that over $5,600 has been contributed on their behalf to the Staff Hardship Relief Fund!

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

25 Miles:
  • Jim Rickard
  • Lore Bilbao
  • Andrea Fernandez
  • Joan Kampo
  • Matt Basilo
  • Stephen Antenucci
  • Kysten Hambrook
  • Christopher Suto
  • Cathy Bendall
  • Sandra Ruoff
  • Ianette Fritz
  • Nina Chmura
  • Emily Furey
  • Paul Gergel
  • Amanda Wilkie
  • Sandi Altavilla
  • Susan Murphy
  • Rebekah Albert
  • Brenna Agaimate
  • Lisa Quinones
  • Wayne Yang
  • Jeff Shlefstein
  • Jim Mulroy
  • Jennifer Trott
  • Rocio Santiago
  • Lisa Galinsky
  • Rick Coyne
  • Kevin Smith
  • Nicole Lorenc
  • Jordan Ghaffari
  • Karen Henderson
  • William McClusky
  • Teresa Crabtree
  • Dominique Falcone
  • John Kramer
  • Joy LaMonda
  • Jessica Giresi
  • Michelle Aurich
  • Steve Talkowsky
  • Brian Lovett
  • Brooke Morgan
  • Tom Reck
  • Sima Maslow
  • Karen Coviello
50 Miles:
  • Ryan Herring
  • Rob Reynolds
  • Pat Walsh
  • Alyssa Ruane
  • Danielle Hickey
  • Brian Wallace
  • Zsia Rosmarin
  • Helene Morizzo
  • Dennis Boo
  • Susan Cohn
  • Joe Fede
  • Lisa Frank
  • Lori Norton
  • Bill Sansone
  • Anurag Sharma
  • Stephanie Fitzgerald
  • Chris DeMayo
  • Christopher Smith
  • Eric Strauss
  • Barbara Juhass
  • Denise Inverso
  • Laurie Hauptman
  • Keirstin Chrzanowski
  • Kimberley Maffei
  • Rob Lightman
  • Erik Halluska
  • John Smith
  • Ray Russolillo
  • Howard Scribner
  • Jessica Leuthold
  • Ottaviana De Ruvo
  • Karen Williams
  • Rhonda Maraziti
  • Giulio Scotto
  • Brian Dethlefsen
  • Richard Benitz
  • Christina Lazaro
  • Kimberlee Phelan
  • Tom Girone
  • Dolly Ayala
  • Lauren Bologno
  • Michael Yarrow
  • Nicole DeRosa
  • Megan Boullianne
  • Paul Kuhl
100 Miles:
  • Marquis Noble
  • Steve Yardumian
  • Donna Palsa
  • Jennifer Regensburg
  • Doris Martinez
  • Edward Hofma
  • Kelsi Morrison
  • Joe Ruppe
  • Bill Hagaman
  • Tom Angell
  • Jim Bourke
  • Ken DeGraw
  • Pat Schuman
  • Dave Dacey
  • Jeanette Emmons
  • Jose Antunes
  • Carol McCarty
  • Joseph Kresse
  • Deborah Massa
  • Amy Lafontaine
  • Shawn Henderson
  • Scott Mariani
  • Paula Black
  • Tony Rappa
200 Miles:
  • Tracy LeBlon
  • Barry Horowitz
  • Ivan Brown
  • Emmy Zhu
  • Matthew Walsh
  • Zoria Clarke
  • Lisa Cappiello
  • John Scrhumpf
Withum 300:
  • Charlie Bramley
  • Josh Davis

How A Non-Runner Accumulated 1,000 Miles In 2016

img_2674While Withum 300 was originally conceived as a running group, there are some members who prefer to exercise through walking. In some instances, it’s for physical reasons. In Doris Martinez’s case, it was because she never considered herself “a runner.” And yet, through a desire to challenge herself and to fit in some mother/daughter bonding time, Doris has incredibly seen herself complete a number of 5K’s, 10K’s, and even half marathons over the past year. This month, Doris’s story shares an important lesson — that the love of running does not necessarily develop for everyone, but that doesn’t need to stop you from challenging yourself and finding motivation elsewhere:

First and foremost, I am not a runner, I have never found the runner’s high, nor do I understand how people get up and run – mile after mile, day after day, year after year. I have always been a walker, so when Withum 300 started, I figured I would begin tracking my miles. I never knew how many miles I actually walked in a week, month or year, so Withum 300 was a good way for me to figure out the amount of miles my feet traveled.

In late 2015, my girl friend and I had decided to do the “year of” challenge. For 2016, we challenged each other to run or walk 1,008 miles. That was the start of “some” running. We did some of our miles together, most of which was good for our friendship as well as holding each other accountable to our challenge.

One day, after a discussion with my friends who were running in the Disney marathon, I suggested I go to Disney to show support. I asked my daughter if she wanted to go with me, and she suggested we run the half marathon that same weekend. Who could refuse their daughter’s request? And with that, both of us registered to run our first half marathon. I was scared. My daughter was thrilled.

In January 2016, we ran and completed our first half marathon. For those who have ever participated in a Disney race, you know they are fun runs and you generally don’t accomplish your personal best, but for Megan and I, it was our personal best.

By the end of 2016, I had completed a few 5k’s, one 10k and two half marathons. The rest of my miles were from either hiking or walking. At the end of my 1,008 miles, I concluded that while I would never really find the “love of running” that many other people have, if my daughter wanted to do some race together, I would certainly use that time as mother/daughter bonding time.

For 2017, I am registered to do the Star Wars challenge in Disney after tax season, which is a 10k and a half marathon, and in January 2018, my daughter and I are registered to do another 10k and half marathon.

As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “with self-discipline, all things are possible.” While I may never be a “runner,” I will continue with my daily walks and to accumulate my 300+ miles each year.

January 2017 Progress Update

Withum 300 kicks off with a new year and our biggest class yet! We are kicking off 2017 strong with over 5,700 total miles, which means that over $2,800 will be donated to the Staff Hardship Relief Fund. In just our first month, 10 of our runners have already accumulated triple digits miles, one with close to achieving the 200 mile marker! Great job!

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

25 Miles:
  • Brian Wallace
  • Rob Reynolds
  • Zsia Rosmarin
  • Tom Reck
  • Lisa Frank
  • Andrea Fernandez
  • Helene Morizzo
  • Sima Maslow
  • Rick Coyne
  • Stephen Antenucci
  • Stephanie Fitzgerald
  • Pat Walsh
  • Lori Norton
  • Cathy Bendall
  • Anurag Sharma
  • Ryan Herring
  • Jim Bourke
  • Dominique Falcone
  • Danielle Hickey
  • Susan Murphy
  • Bill Sansone
  • Chris DeMayo
  • Erik Halluska
  • Dennis Boo
  • Michelle Aurich
  • Marquis Noble
  • Bill Hagaman
  • Rob Lightman
  • Steve Talkowsky
  • Tom Girone
  • Rhonda Maraziti
  • Keirstin Chrzanowski
  • Denise Inverso
  • Jessica Leuthold
  • Nicole Lorenc
  • Ottaviana De Ruvo
  • Kelsi Morrison
  • Richard Benitz
  • William McClusky
  • Brian Lovett
  • Brian Dethlefsen
  • Christina Lazaro
  • Ray Russolillo
  • Karen Williams
  • Nicole DeRosa
  • Megan Boullianne
  • Dolly Ayala
50 Miles:
  • Michael Yarrow
  • Jennifer Regensburg
  • Steve Yardumian
  • Howard Scribner
  • Donna Palsa
  • Christopher Smith
  • Edward Hofma
  • Lauren Bologno
  • Paul Kuhl
  • Joe Ruppe
  • Tom Angell
  • Dave Dacey
  • Deborah Massa
  • Ken DeGraw
  • Jose Antunes
  • Giulio Scotto
  • Scott Mariani
  • Carol McCarty
  • Doris Martinez
  • Amy Lafontaine
  • Shawn Henderson
  • Jeanette Emmons
  • Paula Black
  • Tony Rappa
  • Pat Schuman
  • Tracy LeBlon
100 Miles:
  • Zoria Clarke
  • Joseph Kresse
  • Barry Horowitz
  • Lisa Cappiello
  • Ivan Brown
  • Matthew Walsh
  • Emmy Zhu
  • Charlie Bramley
  • John Scrhumpf
  • Josh Davis

Withum 300 Raises Over $27,000 for Staff Hardship Relief Fund

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Our Withum 300 health and fitness group was recognized at Monday’s annual State of the Firm event for their efforts by awarding each team member who completed the challenge of running 300 miles or more over the course of 2016 with a personalized Withum 300 running shirt.

And for good reason: our group of 182 active participants ran a total of 55,048 miles, a “personal best” since the program was initiated in 2014. And this wasn’t a matter of simply hitting more miles because more people were participating — the group averaged 303 miles (up from last year) and nine people managed to finish with over 1,000 miles.

That isn’t to take away from the incredible growth of Withum 300. This year’s class saw 84 team members achieve their goal of running 300 miles or more, which is double the amount of people who participated in the program in its initial year.

Perhaps the accomplishment the group is most proud of, however, is the fact that their efforts helped raise significant funds towards the Staff Hardship Relief Fund, which was established in 2012 to financially assist our team members and their families who are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event. For 2016, the firm generously agreed to donate 50 cents per mile, resulting in $27,524 being contributed to the fund. Since its inception, the Staff Hardship Relief Fund has assisted 17 of the applications received and we are certain these additional funds will go a long way to ensuring that we can continue helping those in need.

Withum has agreed to once again donate 50 cents per mile in 2017 and based on our initial response, we anticipate over 200 runners to join Withum 300 this year.  We can’t wait to see what this year’s group can accomplish!  Be sure to continue visiting our blog to follow our progress and hear our stories!

December 2016 Progress Update

The end of 2016 is finally upon us, and Withum 300 has once again surpassed the group’s overall performance from the prior year. Amazingly, our team of 80+ runners completed a total of just over 55,000 miles! As a frame of reference, that would be like running around the earth…..twice……and then to Ukraine.

This year, we had nine runners hit over 1,000 miles (an all time high) and the group’s average performance was 303 miles, up from last year.

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

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

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

nicole-runningNicole DeRosa is another “Withum 300 Original” who has succeeded in her goal of running 300 miles or more every year since the program was launched in 2014. However, unlike many of the other stories our runners have shared, Nicole’s obstacles haven’t been about making time or finding motivation, it’s been about her physical limitations. This month, Nicole tells us about how she’s overcome and worked around those issues:

Where do I even start? In a nutshell- I used to HATE running. Ever since my freshman year of high school, I’ve been an avid gym-goer. Exercising and staying in shape is part of my daily routine; it is my primary stress reliever. With that being said, for cardio I’d literally do everything BUT run.

As a high school varsity cheerleader, one of the requirements was that you had to be able to run an 8 minute mile. I’m 5’1″ on a good day, and running an 8 minute mile did not come easy for me; dancing and gymnastics, on the other hand did. My “8 minute mile struggle” was very real. Now I know a lot of you probably find this humorous, but that is really where my hatred for running first began. Anyhow, I made varsity cheerleading as a freshman and ran my 8 minute mile (yay!)

I remained active during high school and college but things took a serious turn when it was confirmed that I needed hip surgery, and one day would need two blown replacements. Of course I received multiple opinions, and tried everything possible first but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

My first surgery on my left hip was when I was still in graduate school; the recovery was about 8 months – it was horrible, BUT, this was when my hatred for running slowly turned into appreciation. Once I was finally able to bear weight and walk again, my physical therapist incorporated running into my regimen. After I graduated from physical therapy in 2008, I was easily in the best shape of my life AND running every couple of days because it really helped with my hip and kept things loose.

Eventually I hit a speed bump a year later; my right hip was already shot and I knew from prior MRIs there was an issue – surgery on my right hip was inevitable. Here we go again, I knew the drill. Recovery on my right hip was 7 months.

My last surgery was in 2009 and I refuse to let my hip problems get the best of me. I’ve been running consistently ever since my last surgery to keep the pain to a tolerable limit and teaching Zumba once a week starting in 2011. I know my limits, it’s a very fine line. The first year of the Withum 300, never in a million years did I think I’d be able to reach 300 miles; I logged 350 miles. Last year, I set a goal to run 400 miles; I ran 402 miles.

This year, I set a goal to run 450 miles; unfortunately I’m nicole-x-raynot going to hit my goal and will end the year around 365 miles. This past February, it was confirmed that I had re-injured my right hip and surgery was the only option to fix it- otherwise, I could suck it up and do physical therapy/exercises to minimize pain. Since I’ll eventually need two replacements anyways, I stuck to the physical therapy route which put me back a solid 2.5 months for running. Most days, I feel completely fine- and I attribute that to staying active and listening to my body.

I’m not looking at this as a failure; I did what I could and put my best foot forward, literally. The fact of the matter is staying active and exercising is SO important for endless reasons. I grew to somehow enjoy running and am so glad that my company recognizes this- not only am I doing something good for myself, I’m also able to effortlessly contribute to our Staff Hardship Relief Fund. Double win!

November 2016 Progress Update

As we approach the final month of 2016, 60 runners have now completed the Withum 300 health and fitness challenge. Of those 60, 9 have achieved the “Withum 300 Silver” honor (400 miles or more) and, amazingly, over 25 have accomplished “Withum 300 Gold” status (500 miles or more). As a whole, the group has accumulated over 50,000 in 2016, which means that over $25,000 will be donated to the firm’s Staff Hardship Relief Fund. All of this, despite some mighty cold weather!

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

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

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