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Rindy running for revenge

by Andrew Harley
Jackie Rendy 9-13 MK/ Sports
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AVON – If you told local Jackie Rindy last January that she’d be running a full-length marathon in Hawaii in less than a year, she probably would have laughed at you.

It took a younger brother’s coaxing and a noble cause, but Rindy has taken major strides – thanks to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Rocky Mountain Chapter – in her training program and should be ready for December 14th’s Honolulu Marathon.

With her physical and mental conditioning on track, Rindy only lacks one thing, funding.

Rindy needs $6,000 in donations to be able to participate in the marathon.

Rindy’s background

Jackie Rindy grew up in the valley; she’s been here for 20 years.

Rindy attended Minturn Middle School and went to Battle Mountain High School.

She played volleyball and ran track in high school, but hasn’t been a serious athlete since. Her husband is the battalion chief at the Eagle River Fire Protection District.

Rindy’s cousin, Lonnie Carbaugh, was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago, and is one of her inspirations.

Also, she has two children, Jaimee, 6, and Kenny, 2, and the fact that leukemia is the No. 1 killer of American children scares her almost as much as it breaks her heart.

“It’s so tragic when you look at the ages of some of these kids,” said Rindy. “I look at them, and realize what the parents must be going through.”

As part of the Team in Training program, Rindy was hooked up with a TNT (Team in Training) honoree, Mark Kadnuck, from Colorado.

Kadnuck grew up in Denver, and works as an engineer for the State Water Quality Control Division. He has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but is still very active and plans on running his first, half marathon less than a year after his last chemotherapy treatment.

Rindy’s training program lasts 18 weeks.

“It takes a couch potato to a marathoner,” Rindy said.

Rindy recently took her first distance test, which took her 1 hour, 45 minutes to run roughly eight miles.

“I could still walk afterward. And, apparently, if you can walk after 10-kilometer run, you can probably run a marathon,” said Rindy.

TNT vs. leukemia and lymphoma

There are 64 Team in Training chapters nationwide.

Last year, TNT trained 35,000 athletes to complete either a full marathon, an Olympic-length triathlon or a century ride.

Proceeds from TNT’s events benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

TNT provides each athlete with professional coaching, airfare to the event, accommodations and a patient honoree.

The athletes are responsible for raising the donations and crossing the finish line at the event.

TNT has been a part of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for 25 years.

25 years ago, five percent of children diagnosed with leukemia lived. Today, 80 percent of children beat the disease.

Last year, TNT raised $2 million for research in Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho, and, in its 25 years, TNT has raised a total of $250 million.

“I was looking for ways to train for a marathon and help leukemia research, and I ran into this group (TNT),” said Rindy. “It’s highly-touted in Runner’s World magazine and in Money Magazine, so I got in touch with them.

“They gave me some great reasons to get off the couch. One of their mottos is, “If you get to the starting line, we’ll get you to the finish line.'”

Part of the program requires each athlete to wear a patient bracelet for the duration of training. Athletes can’t take off the bracelet until they cross the finish line, which serves as a physical reminder that the true patients can’t simply remove their diseases like a bracelet.

“What if it was your neighbor, your best friend or your child?” Rindy asked. “There are so many reasons to strap on your tennis shoes.”

For donations, Jackie Rindy can be contacted at 970-390-0848 or at jackie.rindy@starwoodvo.com.

For more information on The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, visit http://www.teamintraining.org.

Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at aharley@vaildaily.com.


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