1,111,111 And Done.

After just under 18 hours on seven Concept2 indoor rowers, Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights athletes and special guests rowed 690 miles, or the equivalent of a family road trip to Asheville, NC, during The Million Meter Marathon, an event to raise awareness and funds for the American Brain Tumor Association.

Uriel, Lisa R, Mike O' log meters Friday evening.

Uriel, Lisa R, Jeff H, Mike O’, John C and Dave D accumulated 46,899 meters during their shift Friday evening.

It seemed only fitting that three  EAD | CFAH athletes who contributed in excess of 30,000 meters each — Tim F, Donna G and Coach Jim — were part of the group rowing Saturday around 7 a.m.  when the odometer rolled past one million meters during  The Million Meter Marathon to benefit the American Brain Tumor Association. The ABTA is the first national nonprofit organization working to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis. The Million Meter Marathon donation link on the ABTA web site is still open. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute, please consider doing so.

Members of the "Junior Crew", including Kiera, daughter of EAD | CFAH Steve S, added 9,915 meters to the tally. Other Junior Crew members included Charley S, Jack D, and Julien L.

Members of the “Junior Crew,” including Kiera, daughter of EAD | CFAH athlete Steve S, added 9,915 meters to the tally. Other Junior Crew members included Charley S, Jack D, and Julien L.

More than 100 EAD | CFAH athletes, plus special guests including Thomas Hayes, Mayor, Village of Arlington Heights; Robin LeBedz, Trustee, Village of Arlington Heights; four generations of the Stapleton Family, including 82-year-old patriarch Jim,  Dad to athletes John and Theresa; rowed for just under 18 hours to accumulate 1,111,111 meters. John & Theresa’s Mom, Winnie; our very own and very courageous Malaika; Kathleen P’s childhood friend, Marietta S; Coach Karen’s college friend, Tony P; Jeanette Z’s Dad; and Coach Jim’s marathon-loving Mom, Sarah, whose picture hangs near the front desk, are among the EAD | CFAH families impacted by a brain tumor.

The Million Meter Marathon is on track to raise an amount the ABTA deems “amazing” for a first-time event ; the fundraising tally will be released once all donations have been collected. Athletes who placed the winning bid on a silent auction items are encouraged to pay for and pick up their item this week. Winners have been notified by email. A complete list of the winners is posted at EAD | CFAH.

Thanks to everyone who helped make The Million Meter Marathon a reality. See you next year!

MillionMeterMarathonMeterClubThe ABTA notes that almost 70,000 new cases of brain cancer were diagnosed in 2013, and almost 700,000 people in the United States were living with the diagnosis of a primary brain or central nervous system tumor.

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