Last Weekend in NYC, was all about coming together to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Our own Yanina Livingston, took this on and organized quite a weekend for JSS Tribe members. On Saturday, Yanina and 20 JSS Tribe members ran the Brooklyn Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon together. On Sunday, Lisa Wichman, Shari Rosenberg, Jamie Schneider, Kate Flynn, Tracey Paulsen and Monica Kalfur walked the Avon39 TOGETHER! While they were walking, Yanina and a bunch of JSS Tribe members were in the studio for a very ride that only our fearless leader could make so special for everyone involved. After the ride, the riders went over to cheer on the walkers as they finished their walk. One Peloton at its finest.
The JSS Tribe raised over $1,000 Dollars and divided 100% of the funds raised among the 6 Avon39 Tribe Members who walked together.
Congratulations to Yanina for a very successful, amazing, inspiring event!
Yanina recapped her amazing weekend in this note below. Thought you’d all enjoy:
This past weekend October 14 and 15 the JSSTribe came together as One Peloton to raise awareness and support a group of six riders who participated in Avon39. Lisa Wichman, Shari Rosenberg, Jamie Schneider, Kate Flynn, Tracey Paulsen and Monica Kalfur walked 39 miles to take Breast Cancer down.
This very special weekend started with at least 20 tribe members running the Rock N’Roll Brooklyn half marathon. It was so amazing to see everyone wearing the special JSSTribe Pink Ribbon T-shirt collection to support our walker’s fundraising efforts. Such an honor to run with these ladies. We sang, laughed and talked our ears off pushing each other as a true community as a true One Peloton.
In the meantime our walkers were having as much fun walking the first 26.2 miles. Yes, a full marathon walking to end Breast Cancer. We texted, spoke over the phone and FaceTimed through out the race. Other riders from around the country were also running 13.1 miles in support (Terri Kassler from Ohio!) Or showed up to greet the walkers and join them for miles (Paige and Nancy! Howard and Carey!), and we had a whole crew of family members and friends waiting for us at the finish line. My heart was bursting, tears rolling down disguised as sweat, watching the Tribe coming together in support.
We then found out that while we were running, the walkers were receiving even more donations and our phones were bursting with notifications from the most supportive Tribe ever. Jenn was texting me… “Yaya! You got this! Send me photos! I want to know!”. Talk about support, how amazing is Jenn!!! Cant thank her enough for all her messages.
At the finish line we watched her video, read all the posts and messages, the photos from the walkers doing great!, thinking of our loved ones who were affected by this horrible disease.
When our knees and feet where hurting, when the humidity wouldn’t let us breathe, when we wanted to stop, we kept thinking about this warriors and what they endure. We couldn’t stop, we had to keep going for them and we did! One of my highlights was to watch Morgan Blue and Helen Milagros Scott crossing that finish line completing their very first half marathon! They did it! I was so proud of them!.
The next day we woke up even more excited. Today was the day, one that we planned for months and it was finally here!. As we entered the studio, right away you could feel this positive electric vibe in the air. Riders driving from a far to be there, some from the very first time. I cannot begin to tell you how loud that studio was with riders jumping up and down when they finally met for the first time, all the hugs, all the tears, all the coffee after a night of celebrating. The walkers were feeling strong ready for their last 13.1 miles. This will be a memorable day indeed.
And then Jenn walked in…her smile, her warmth, I cant even. The studio exploded, lets get this party started!
After a ton of photos, even more hugs surrounded by a sea of pink and tribe T-shirts, we walked into the studio and clipped in with anticipation. And boy our expectations were not only met but surpassed with Jenn delivering the most amazing ride. Each song, each word of encouragement, every single shout out for the walkers, for the riders and for that front row. That front row of Cancer warriors riding together, cheering, singing, kicking ass on the bike. I was taken a back, what an incredibly emotional moment in Peloton history. The walkers watched from their phones, equally emotional with Jenn’s words of encouragement, with our screams at the back. Lady GaGa “The Cure” was playing “I will be there by your side”…holding hands with Cristina Ribeiro, getting nods from Krissy Blackwood. Looking up and knowing our moms would be so proud. I broke down in to tears, tears of joy, thankful and incredibly blessed to be a part of this unforgettable walk, run and ride with the Tribe. THIS… is #TSTM.
We rushed out of the studio, most of us still sweating, but who cares! The walkers were almost there!! We had to rush! Cowbells in hand we ran to the finish line to wait for them. And there they were, our six walkers, smiling, singing, shouting, holding each other hand in hand. Each step perfectly synchronized to the rhythm of their hearts…FUCancer! We will beat you! We will find the cure!.
After all the hugs, the tears, the stories, videos and photos, I started to feel the end of this special weekend was coming. I sense of relief, of accomplishment and pride for this women, for the tribe for Jenn, for all of us.
On my way back home, it took me a while to take it all in. The ride was over but the fight continues, and after this weekend, I restored my faith in the Peloton Community.
From a bike that goes nowhere, we have come so far. Together we #JFDidIt, together we raised over One Thousand dollars from the sales of the collection in addition to all the individual donations that came from the riders helping this 6 ladies raise over twenty-thousand dollars!!!
All I can say is THANK YOU, thank you for your support, your love, your posts, your messages. For showing up, for changing your location. To those 630 riders who clipped in and to Jenn for giving the most amazing ride, for making this possible and for being the glue to this community. We are One Peloton, and together we walked, ran and rode far.