Being a part of the New York City fitness community means two things:
- My friends have smokin hot bodies.
- My dates with them often start at a fitness studio or on a run and end at a bar.
The other thing that I learned in the past 3 years is that many, many of us have IBD. Every time I meet someone new, they or someone they know has this terrible disease. And yet, we pursue our personal fitness goals. We teach the classes, we coach the clubs, we run the studios, sweating alongside one another, working as hard as our bodies will allow.
I met Jenn Seracuse from Flex Studios 2 years ago while collecting donations for my Kick Ass 5K. We quickly became friends when Jenn shared with me that she has Crohn’s disease. I met Will Lanier, the manager and a coach at BRICK New York, through many mutual friends as he battled Ulcerative Colitis last year and became the face of the Blank:Cancer campaign.
I somehow managed to convince these two to run a half marathon with me and raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Team Challenge. And then I had to back out of actually running with them, but am thrilled to be their coach!
They’re hosting a joint event to raise money for their journey to Portland, Maine this July!
If you are around NYC next weekend, you HAVE to stop by and get sweaty with my friends. Not only are they two of the most genuine, kind people I’ve met, they are SICK fitness instructors. Every time I take Jenn’s class, I am shaking for days. They also happen to both be Lululemon Ambassadors. I mean, we were destined to be friends, right?
Oh, and did I mention it’s only $25 cash???? With the soaring prices of workout classes these days, this is a STEAL.
Here are the details for the HIIT/Pilates fusion class:
- Sunday, June 14 from 12-2pm
- Dream Downtown 355 West 16th Street
- Facebook link to the event
All proceeds go toward their fundraising efforts. Bring a water bottle and a towel, you will be getting sweaty.
You really should go to this. They’re awesome. Team Challenge is awesome. And I want them to feel the love of the running community, to which they are both newbies.
Thank you friends! And happy Friday!
Now go out and run!