The Million Meter Marathon | 11.21.14 – 11.22.14

MillionMeterMarathonJoin us Friday, Nov. 21 & Saturday, Nov. 22 as we climb aboard the Concept2s and row until we log one million meters and raise funds to support the American Brain Tumor Association, 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.

We will row through the night, with the aim to log the final meters by 9 a.m. … just in time for a potluck breakfast buffet. There will be additional surprises along the way — including CrossFit workouts, a silent auction, and more — so grab your sleeping bag and get ready for a flywheeling good time.

Reserve your spot with a minimum donation of $25 to the ABTA, or by collecting pledges from family, friends, neighbors & co-workers for every meter you row.  A sign up sheet for rowing shifts and food will be at the front desk starting Tuesday, Nov. 4.

If you’d like to row but can’t spend the night, no worries. Reserve one of the earlier spots Friday evening, drop in, log your meters and head home. Or,  snag one of the early morning spots Saturday and then stick around for the event breakfast buffet and to help us celebrate our contribution to the ABTA. Family members and friends are welcomed!

If you can’t row, you can still participate. Here’s how:

  • Donate. Visit our ABTA Event Page and make a donation, or drop cash or checks (please make checks payable to the American Brain Tumor Association) in the donation jug at EAD | CFAH.
  • Silent Auction. Either donate an item or service to the event Silent Auction or make a generous bid on one of the donated items. Every dollar raised in the Silent Auction directly benefits the ABTA.
  • Fuel. Contribute food & drink to support the athletes throughout the night, and / or to the Saturday morning breakfast buffet.
  • Sponsor. If you know an area business that would be interested in sponsoring the Million Meter Marathon, please help broker their support.  No donation is too small. Contact Coach Karen at 847.394.8110 or

EAD | CFAH Athlete Malaika C.

Brain cancer has touched many in the EAD | CFAH Community, including:

  • Our very own and very courageous Malaika C
  • John S & Theresa L’s Mom, Winnie
  • Kathleen P’s childhood friend, Marietta S
  • Coach Karen’s college friend, Tony P
  • Coach Jim’s marathon-loving Mom, Sarah, whose picture hangs near the front desk.
  • If brain cancer has touched your life, please let us know so we can honor your loved one, too.

The 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. You support will make a difference.