Black Bean & Spicy Sweet Potato Wrap

A Meatless Monday favorite, we’ve also included a Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burger option. Both feature sweet potatoes, which are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, manganese, potassium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and the list goes on!

So many choices! Which recipe will you try out tomorrow?!

black bean wrap

Ingredients

2 or 3 small sweet potatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 medium yellow onion

1 5 oz. bag of spinach

4 cloves of garlic, minced

2 cans of black beans

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile pepper powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

12 oz. monterey jack cheese, shredded

1 bag of medium flour tortillas (or corn tortillas if you’re gluten free)

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Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425.
  2. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork, and place in a foil-lined dish. Maggie’s Tip: You can microwave or bake them. Baking takes longer but gives them more flavor!
  3. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft and oozing sugars.
  4. While sweet potatoes are baking, sauté peppers, onion, and garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent.
  5. Now add in salt and seasonings and stir well.
  6. Drain, rinse and add black beans and sauté for another 5 minutes on medium.
  7. Cook for another 4 minutes. Wilt spinach, and add.
  8. While that cooks, grate cheese onto tortilla.
  9. Add the bean and veggie mixture. Roll and enjoy!

Maggie’s Burger Option:  When the sweet potato cools, mash it and mix with the black beans. Add an egg, between 1/2 and 1 cup breadcrumbs and smokey southwest seasoning.  Mold the mixture into burgers and grill in a pan with a little olive oil. Serve on a pita with mashed avocado for a boost of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids!

Sara K. Madden    

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Lasagna

Growing up in an Italian home, lasagna always brings back fond memories. But as a gluten-free athlete (most of the time!) who is committed to Meatless Mondays, I needed a vegetarian substitute for my favorite comfort food! This Gluten-Free Vegetarian Lasagna is my go-to!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound zucchini, trimmed and sliced thin lengthwise
  • 9 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • 24 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces parmesan
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 jar pasta sause
  • 12 ounces part-skim mozzarella
  • 12 ounces gluten free lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
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Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet to medium heat and spray with cooking oil. Season zucchini strips with salt and pepper. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes. (The cooking time will vary according to how thinly you slice your zucchini.) Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Spray the pan again and add the spinach. Cook until the spinach wilts. Transfer to a plate lined with a clean towel and squeeze out excess moisture.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan, egg, garlic, basil, parsley and crushed red pepper. Stir in spinach and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Coat a 13 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray and spread 1/2 cup of your favorite pasta sauce on the bottom. Top with a layer of noodles, a layer of zucchini, 1/2 of the ricotta mixture and mozzarella. Spread 1/3 of the remaining sauce and repeat the layers. End with a layer of noodles, sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool for 15 minutes prior to serving.

Sara K. Madden

Mason Jar Salads

Make-Ahead Mason Jar Salads are a convenient way to prep salads ahead of time. The lettuce and vegetables will remain fresh and crisp in the mason, even after days in the fridge!

You can have a healthy lunch every day if you just set aside a time each week to assemble them all in the first place. Then just grab one from the fridge and dump it all out of the jar and into a bowl when you’re ready for lunch!

You can customize the salad based on what salad toppings and dressing you prefer. But the science behind the anatomy of a mason jar salad is all about the layering.  Layer everything in the right order and nothing will get soggy!

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups salad greens
  • vegetables for salad toppings
  • proteins for salad toppings
  • salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Measure the salad dressing into the bottom of the mason jar.
  2. Add the hard vegetables that will hold up to sitting in the dressing for a few days – Carrots, celery, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.  Cut them as chunky as will fit in the jar. The bigger the chunks, the better they’ll hold up to sitting in the dressing.
  3. Add the softer vegetables next – Tomatoes, corn, onions, avocado, etc.
  4. Add your choice of protein to the salad – Shredded cheese, cubed cooked meats, hard-boiled eggs or beans.
  5. Top everything off with the greens of your choice – Romaine, mixed greens, spinach, arugula
  6. Cover and store in the fridge for up to five days.  When ready to eat, turn the mason jar upside down and shake the contents into a bowl.

Notes

  • Keep your jar upright until ready to eat to prevent the dressing from getting all over the top layers, and creating a soggy mess immediately
  • Fun Fact: Don’t want to buy mason jars? Wash and reuse old pasta sauce jars!  Enjoy!

Sara K. Madden

February Challenge – Meatless Mondays!

When you think February, don’t just think roses and chocolate for your love! Think about loving your body too! With the new month, we have a new challenge to help you lose weight and get healthier! Consider going meatless once a week – Monday’s are ideal!

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Benefits of Meatless Mondays 

Reduce Heart Disease and Stroke—Vegetables, fruit, and whole grains have been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease. One study found that each daily serving of fruits or vegetables was associated with a 4% decline in coronary heart disease, and a 5% lower risk of stroke.

Limit Risk of Cancer—There is convincing evidence that red meat and processed meat consumption increases the risk of colorectal cancer. There is also suggestive evidence that red meat increases the risk of esophagus, lung, pancreas, and endometrium cancer and that processed meat consumption increases the risk of esophagus, lung, stomach, and prostate cancer.

But a diet rich in fruit and vegetables may decrease the risk of several types of cancers, including mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, and stomach!

Fight Diabetes—Research suggests that plant-based diets, particularly those low in processed meat, can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Curb Obesity— Eating a plant-based diet can decrease total calorie consumption, which helps you obtain and maintain a healthy weight!  Several large studies in Europe and the United States have demonstrated that people on plant-based, vegetarian diets tend to have a significantly lower body weight and body mass index (BMI). This may be in part because plant-based diets are rich in fiber, which contributes to fullness, resulting in lower calorie intake and less overeating. Win, win!

Improve The Nutritional Quality of Your Diet—Going meatless once a week encourages consumption of plant-based sources of protein, like beans and peas. Consuming beans and peas results in a higher intake of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron, and magnesium. And diets high in beans and peas are associated with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat.

Meatless Mondays – Bonus! 

Cut Weekly Budget—Many people save money by adding meatless meals to their weekly menus because they are built around vegetables, beans and grains—instead of meat, which tends to be more expensive. Though it can be challenging to serve healthy meals on a budget, going meatless once a week can help conserve money for more fruits and vegetables :)

Help the Environment – Going meatless once a week can also help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water. So Meatless Monday means a healthier planet AND a healthier you!

We’ll be posting a Meatless Monday recipe every week for the month of February, so check back here often! And be sure to share your favorite Meatless recipes on the Albany Movement & Fitness facebook page!

Sara K. Madden

Black Bean & Spinach Enchilada Casserole

Black Bean & Spinach Enchilada Casserole

This gluten-free recipe for Black Bean & Spinach Enchilada Casserole is also a great choice for vegetarians! Make this simple casserole up to two days before you plan to eat it, then just pop it into the oven until it’s warm and bubbly, and serve! Bring any leftovers to work for a tasty lunch the next day!  Also, you can use a jar of red enchilada sauce instead of traditional tomatillo sauce. And taco seasoning is a great alternative to Mexican chili powder.

You can feel good about the healthy ingredients in this recipe. Especially spinach, which is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese! Bon appetite!

– Sara K. Madden          

Prep time:  15 mins

Cook time:  35 mins

Total time:  50 mins

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (I like to use olive oil)
  • 1 small clamshell container baby spinach (about 5 ounces / 142 grams)
  •  12 small corn tortillas
  • 1  16 ounce jar tomatillo salsa
  • 1  14 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1½ teaspoons Mexican chili powder
  • 1 113 gram / 4 ounce package cream cheese, melted
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Bell pepper, large orange or red yellow, diced
  • 2 cups Corn, fresh (or frozen)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Yellow onion, large, diced

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Instructions

  1. Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, bell pepper and corn and saute until just softened.
  2. Add the spinach and cook until it is wilted, then set it aside.
  3. Spread one third of the salsa into a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish, and then lay down 6 corn tortillas. Top with another third of the salsa, spreading it evenly over the tortillas.
  4. Layer on the cooked spinach, followed by the black beans, and then sprinkle the chili powder evenly over top.
  5. Crumble the cream cheese on top of the beans, then top with the remaining tortillas, the last third of the salsa and the shredded cheese.
  6. If you are making the casserole in advance, stop at this point, cover tightly with foil and pop it into the fridge.
  7. When you are ready to bake, heat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the casserole (covered with foil) for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes or until the casserole is hot throughout and the cheese is bubbly and browning. If you like a very browned and bubbly top, try turning the oven to broil for the last few minutes of cooking.

A Season of Giving

Team Loco has a lot to celebrate as we look back on 2016! We’ve trained hard, raced smart, and raced to create tangible change in the world around us! And we’re not done yet! Check out some of our favorite ways to give back this holiday season!

1.Get Strong & Give Back 

This Christmas help us give the gift of clean water to those who need it most through a donation to More Than Sport Charity:water. https://www.crowdrise.com/give-back-get-strong-team-locos-holiday-fundraiser/fundraiser/saramadden1
For every $10 you donate, your name will be entered into the drawing to win a $150 Fitness Assessment + 2 Personal Training Sessions from Seth Thomas at Albany Movement & Fitness! So you can give back… and get stronger during the off season!

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2.Spread the Warmth 

Money isn’t the only way you can give back this holiday season! LOCO and National Honor Society Adviser Kelly Ann and her students are collecting hats, gloves, scarves, and socks for the Capital City Rescue Mission! The drive ends next Friday, so send a message to Sara   Madden if you have something warm to donate!

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3. Be Kind

Join us on Saturday, December 24th for the Morning of Kindness! This is a Capital Region tradition that connects volunteers and donors with local not-for-profits (NFPs). On Christmas Eve, we will drop off purchased items from NFP’s wishlists, or complete short volunteer tasks (like singing in a nursing home)! There is something for everyone, so set aside an hour to give back at one of the many charities and sign up today!

https://signup.com/client/invitation/6116bb2e1bf402e42d34853f53bba82bec762a84/1724831/true#!1724831/true/false

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The Crystal Lake Tri, according to Dr. Insanity!

 August 20, 2016 

Averill Park, New York
United States
Capital District Triathlon Club
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 27m 2s
Overall Rank = 4/194
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/11
Pre-race routine:
Had some french toast and blueberries at home, then drove to the race. Got body marked, set up transition, and found Leigh.
Event warmup:

Took my bike out to spin on the run course about 45 minutes before the start. Everything seemed FINE at this point. Ate a banana and then got my wetsuit on, no time to warm up in the water.

SWIM
  • 12m
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 22s / 100 yards
Comments:

Awesome swim! Started in the front and stayed very straight to the first turn. After that turn I was able to get behind two sets of feet that were swimming shoulder to shoulder. As we neared the 2nd turn, I took a look to the left and saw no one on the home stretch, so we were the lead pack for the first wave! Came out of the water right behind them in great position.

What would you do differently:

Nothing

TRANSITION 1
  • 00m 57s
  • This was great. You come out of the water and are immediately in transition, so not a lot of time to get the wetsuit off before you are at your spot. Had no issues with it sticking anywhere, and made quick time

BIKE
  • 54m 22s
  • 18 miles
  • 19.87 mile/hr
Comments:

Well I guess if you do enough races, something like this is bound to happen. After going up the short, steep hill out of transition, I was ready to get up to speed and went to shift into my big ring. SNAP! Uh oh. I knew what happened immediately, but I kept playing with it anyway, trying to will the chain up to the big ring. But I had snapped my front derailleur and now faced riding the entire 18 miles in the small ring. I decided to pull over to see if there was anything I could do. Obviously I was not fixing the broken cable, but I tried to force the derailleur into the big ring (better to have that the whole way, right?). No luck. Realizing it was futile and time was ticking away, I got back on the bike after about 2 minutes. Going uphill was obviously fine, going flat was okay, if a bit loud with the chain completely crossing over. But going downhill, even a little, was where it really hurt me. I was spinning out around 28-30mph, and couldn’t be aggressive like I usually am in those spots. Even so, by the turn around I had fought back up to 2nd place, and was about 2 minutes off the leader. But he was moving fast, so my goal was to just be smart and keep doing the best with what I had. I was able to push in spots, and it turned out to not be the worst time ever.

What would you do differently:

Not snap my cable? I knew the bike was due for an overhaul, but given how little I’ve been riding this year, I decided to put it off. Oops.

TRANSITION 2
  • 00m 41s
  • First time clipping my hat to my race belt, I really liked it. Fastest T2 in the whole race!

RUN
  • 19m 5s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

Pretty solid run here. On the long straightaway I couldn’t even see the leader, so I knew I just had to hold on to 2nd. I had about a minute or so on the guy behind me at the 1 mile mark, but with other waves coming behind us, I knew I wasn’t out of the woods. Quads hinted at locking up, but never crossed that line. Was able to hold a solid pace and had enough for a little kick at the end. Having Dylan sprint to the finish and snap a picture was really cool!

What would you do differently:

Nothing

POST RACE
Warm down:

Walked back up to the road to watch Steve and Leigh come in (they killed it!). Went in the water for a bit and stretched a little.
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Obviously snapping the derailleur cable and pulling over was a blow to my overall time. No chance I was beating the winner, but it may have cost me an overall podium spot. After it happened though I’m really proud with how I handled myself and fought for a great race!

Event comments:Rob & Carrots - Crystal Lake 2016
I really love this race, always one of my favorites. Tons of volunteers out of the course to help, great support from the towns and the crowd. A little disappointed with the food this year (nothing at all with any protein), but a small complaint for an otherwise great event!
Adapted from www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=543198

Steve’s Boston Marathon Experience

April 18, 2016
The day had finally arrived! I qualified for the 2016 Boston Marathon at the Hudson Mohawk Marathon in October of 2014, on a perfect Upstate New York fall morning. Everything fell into place on that day, and I was able to cruise to a finishing time that qualified me to register for the race that I could only dream of running up to that point. In 2015, as late December rolled around, the time had come to begin my training for race day. I decided to actually follow a plan, something that would be new to me as far as training for a running event is concerned. I had big goals of trying to qualify again for Boston, at Boston. So I enlisted the help of Bart Yasso and followed his marathon training plan as a few of my fellow Locos had success doing the same. The months leading up to Boston went well for the most part. It was a mild winter, so running outside in the Northeast during the colder months was not unbearable at all. I even had running buddies to help with those long runs. Thanks Joe, Rob, Clay and Liam!! However,  I did battle plantar fasciitis for the better part of my training. Blah blah blah….on to race morning.
At 9am in Hopkinton, Ma, the temperature was already 69 degrees. It was the perfect condition for a marathon in April….if you were spectating!!! Not ideal conditions if you are about to set out on a 26.2 journey. I was in Wave 2, which lined up for a 10:25 start time. By that time the temperature was already in the low 70s. This would prove to add to the already difficult challenge of tackling the course of the Boston Marathon. I had already decided to start taking my salt tablets early and often that day, but I did make a costly mistake and neglected to use sunscreen. It was time to head over to the wave starting corral, and you could feel the excitement in the air. As the national anthem was sung, I hung my head, took in the moment and gave thanks for even being able to run in this event. As I looked around every single runner was experiencing the same emotions. Before I knew it the starting gun went off, and my race day had officially begun.
As I started I kept hearing the advice from Joe, “start off slow, let all those amped up runners fly by you, you will be passing them on the Newton Hills.” I did my best for the first 3 miles to do just that. I quickly noticed the fan support that was along the entire race course, from mile one to 26.2, the support was amazing. I took it all in. I slapped high fives with as many kids I could and adults as well. It was easy to feed off of their energy!! By mile 4-5 I settled into my race goal pace and was able to maintain it for the first half marathon. I was on pace to hit my goal to requalify. But the second half of my Boston experience would prove to be a much different scenario. One which presented me with an opportunity to do more than just qualify, and where the real race reports begins.
Mile 13-14 I really started to feel the effects of the heat. I started taking in salt around mile 6, and drinking at every aid station. But there was just no relief from the sun. Hardly any shade on the course, I began running strictly on the far right side of the course as that provided me with some shade at various points that was cast off the surrounding buildings. At this point, I was beginning to realize that I may have to alter my race day goals. So I started walking through the aid stations beginning at mile 14. It was hot!! And the drinks were warm. But fans began to show up with bags of ice, sponges filled with ice water, kids were even handing out freezy pops!! I recall thinking how awesome their support was, especially since the actually marathon aid stations did not provide any of those items for relief. Recovering as best as possible at each aid station, I would then take off and settle back into my race pace. But I could feel my wheels quickly coming off.
Miles 15-16 I was sticking with my new race plan, recovering as much as possible, then running as close to my race goal pace as possible. At the aid station of mile 16 this would all change, and my race would take on an entirely new purpose. Walking through the aid station  of mile 16, I turned to a fellow runner who was doing the same and made the comment, “man this heat is really killing me.” When she turned to look at me, she was crying, clearly upset that her day was not the one she had hoped for. Realizing she was in trouble, I walked with her for a bit and gave her the best pep talk that I could come up with at the moment. Using words of encouragement, she was able to pick up her pace and start running again. As I was about to take off, she asked me to stay with her, stating that she needed a friend. And in that moment, I realized that my Boston marathon experience just became so much more than trying to requalify, or even to post the best possible time on a challenging day. It was now about sticking with a fellow runner in a time of need, and trying to get us both to that magnificent finishing stretch on Bolyston Street.
Miles 17-22  This proved to be the most challenging 5 mile stretch I have ever experienced. Not only were we faced with tackling the Newton Hills and later of course Heartbreak Hill, we were battling the heat, cramps, the risk of dehydration and the mental challenge to just keep moving forward. My new friend Kim, and I would walk when she needed to, and ran when she could during this stretch. We shared stories along the way trying to keep our minds off of the struggle. The crowd support again was amazing. One cannot really describe what this does to a runner’s mentally, you have to experience it for yourself to truly understand its effect. And because of it by around mile 19 we were actually able to run at a steady pace again. But then just as we started to approach the city of Boston at mile 22, my running partner stopped dead in her tracks! Hands on her knees, head hanging down, I asked her if she was okay. “Just give me a minute..” When all of a sudden she projectile vomits three times!! Now I am sorry to be disgusting but it is an important part of the story. She was in trouble, she had salt deposits all along her hair line, and had just lost all of any nutrition that was in her body. We were not near an aid station, and we were both out of water in our hand held bottles. I turned to a Police woman behind me and told her that we may need to call a medic. Much to Kim’s displeasure she said she would be fine. I told her that she needed to replace those fluids then and I turned to the crowd and asked if anyone had water. Suddenly a woman in the crowd launches a full bottle to me! Kim quickly downs about 3/4’s of the bottle, stands straight up and says “wow I feel much better!” Now here is where the Boston spectator support  played another important role. Having her name written on her arms in thick black marker, the fans arounds us witnessing her struggles, erupt and begin to cheer and encourage her by name!! Feeling the adrenalin, Kim and I take off running again!
Mile 23 to Bolyston – The energy level during this stretch was phenomenal. I knew teammates Joe and Kelly would be in the crowd somewhere at this point, so knowing Kim was feeling much better I started scanning the crowd as we approached the final stretch. Spotting them I ran over and we exchanged a few words as I tried to explain that my race goals had changed along the way. Then I was off. From that monent on, Kim would no longer need my support, she was clearly feeding off the crowd and was able to run the entire way to the finishline. And I took it all in, her amazing turn around,  the crowds, the cheering,  running past the Citgo Sign and Fenway park. And Finally that moment, the right turn on Hereford,  left on Bolyston and looking down at that final stretch to the finish. Just even typing that now gives me the chills. There is nothing like the Boston Marathon Finishline, and I had just crossed it. I didn’t have the day I trained for, but I had an experience that I will never forget.  My Boston marathon was not my personal best race time, not even close, but it was my personal best race. Faced with adveristy, and the chance to help a fellow runner, doing more in that moment is a challenge that I will accept everytime.
The Loco WATERIFIC Challenge

The Loco WATERIFIC Challenge

Yesterday was World’s Ocean Day, and to celebrate, Team Loco kicked off a new contest…

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Want to stay motivated with a Waterfi iPod Shuffle?                          Take the Loco WATERIFIC Challenge & you can WIN one! 

MORE LOCO NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS!

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MAY 1 – LOCOs Tim Booth and Danny Arnold had a great day at the Providence Half Marathon! And Danny paced his son in his first half! Connor ran the half marathon in honor of his grandmother Nana –  Congratulations Connor! 

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MOTHER’s DAY WEEKEND – LOCOs Clay, Kelly and Steve had a great day at the Mastadon Challenge 15k in Cohoes!  Sara was 2nd Place Female, and Joe not only won his Age group, but PRd while he was at it! Our Mom’s were so proud!

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MAY 14 – Sara had the chance to represent More Than Sport at Ironman Texas, where she cheered and teamed up with  the L3 Foundation and Competing for Hope. After the race, she helped at the First ANNUAL Ironman medal collection, and joined a group of athletes in bringing Finisher medals to children at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center to honor and support children fighting cancer!

MAY 19 – Steve, Kelly and Joe were among the many Locos who participated in the Workforce Team Challenge.  And a week after Kelly and Joe PRd at the Workforce Team Challenge, they were off to Vermont City to run the Marathon relay! Kelly and Joe, you are BOTH rockstars!

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – Even in the heat, Team Loco got the Saratoga Du done!                       Congratulations to power couple Cory Sullivan and Ashlea Keene, who both took 2nd in their Age group and Sara Madden on 1st in her Age group!

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Everyone was all smiles just like this the entire race…

Saratoga Du

Freihofers

JUNE 4 – Congratulations to everyone who ran the Freihofers 5, especially our littlest Loco, Charlotte O’Meara!

Team Loco is so proud of you Charlotte! ———————————>

Diva Grace

JUNE 5 –

Diva Grace showed up for her first race of the season looking fabulous in her pink tutu and ready to have fun! She left with this award    

<————   Second Place OVERALL at the Diva Half Marathon! You are amazing Grace! Congratulations!!!

And finally, congratulations to our Meaningful Miles Challenge winners, Nikki O’Meara and Cory Sullivan! They both won some awesome More Than Sport gear including a hat and tee autographed by Chris Lieto himself! And thank you to everyone who donated to our charity: water. We have raised $605 so far!

Meaningful Miles Challenge

Meaningful Miles Challenge

LOCOs Jeremiah and Sara are back from Kona, HI where they did the Lavaman Tri! Even though wetsuits were NOT legal, they both survived the swim, and enjoyed a great day of racing!

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While in Kona, they had the chance to sit down with Ironman Champion and More Than Sport founder Chris Lieto, who started More Than Sport, or MTS, out of his personal awareness of need in communities he raced in when he was a pro triathlete. Lieto recalled how he personally found motivation in giving back a few years ago. He teamed up with World Vision, which aims to get water, food and healthcare to children in need. Lieto’s goal was to get a child sponsored for any or all of the miles he raced in the 2010 Ironman World Championships. And over 140.6 miles, he managed to get over 100 children in a Kenyan village support! Talk about motivational!

Chris Lieto

Inspired by this idea of making our miles more meaningful, Team Loco presents the Meaningful Miles Challenge! And this time there will be TWO winners!

MTS signing

Here’s how it works!

  • Help Team Loco raise $1000 for charity: water by donating $10.
  • To donate, please visit our More Than Sport page, www.morethansport.org/team/team-loco-gives-back?ts=1454345378575
  • Make sure to include your email in the “Make a Donation” box
  • For every $10 dollar you donate, your name will be entered into the drawing to win MTS gear autographed by Chris Lieto himself, MTS decals and MORE!
  • Team Loco’s Meaningful Miles Challenge will run from April 26 – May 25, at which time we will draw TWO names & announce a male and female winner! So dig around in those couch cushions, recycle those cans, and find that $10 to donate today!
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