Loren Qualified for the Boston Marathon!!

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Loren Qualified for the Boston Marathon!!


On Sunday, May 28th, I completed the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon in support of EFGLA and in furtherance of my commitment to END EPILEPSY.  My goal was to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which meant I needed a time of under 3 hours and 5 minutes.  I’m happy to report that I finished the race in 3 hours and 14 seconds!!  Boston 2018 – Here I come!!

Racing conditions were good – the race temperature was around 60 degrees, though the sun was strong and so it felt much warmer.  The race started in beautiful Ojai and ended near the beach in Ventura.

I trained more for this marathon than any of my previous marathons.  In fact, I ran over 836 training miles since January 1, 2017.  For five weeks of my training, I ran over 60 miles per week, which was more than I had run in any single week previous to this year.  Overall, I felt great throughout the entire race and was able to keep my pace below seven minutes per mile for every mile after the first three miles (which I purposefully ran at a slower pace to get my body warmed up).  Of course, my legs felt tired near the end of the race, but unlike previous years, I felt great and was able to keep up a good pace all the way to the finish line, where I immediately drank a Mountain Dew and hit the big gong reserved for those runners who achieved a Boston Marathon qualifying time.  Boston 2018 – Here I come!!

Here is a breakdown of my results:

Time: 3:00:14

Pace: 6:52/mile

Overall Place: 68 of 2,620

Division (Males 30-34) Place: 19 of 148

Official results can be found here:  http://georesults.racemine.com/Fast-Green-Racing/events/2017/Mountains-2-Beach-Marathon-and-Half/651/entrant/share



Thank you for visiting my fundraising page in support of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles (EFGLA). 

On Sunday, May 28th, I will be completing the Mountains to Beach Marathon in Ojai, California in support of EFGLA and people living with epilepsy.  My goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon (which I hope to run next year)!  In order to do so, I need a qualifying time of under 3 hours and 5 minutes (which is about a 7 minute per mile pace).  Scientific research has proven that every dollar you donate will help me run faster.

Why Epilepsy?  In 1977, my brother, Brian Alan Sitomer, who suffered from epilepsy, tragically died during a seizure in his sleep at the age of seven.  In Brian's memory, my father and I have been raising money for EFGLA and people living with epilepsy through marathons and long-distance bicycle rides.  We completed our first bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles (529 miles) in 1997, and we completed our longest ride from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. (2,903 miles) in 2006.  I have also been an avid volunteer for EFGLA since I was twelve years old, and I have been a member of the Board of Trustees of EFGLA since 2013.

Last year I completed the LA Marathon in Brian’s name and thanks to your generous support, I was able to raise $11,900 for EFGLA.  In total since 1997, we have raised over $240,000 for EFGLA.

What is Epilepsy?  One out of every 26 people will develop epilepsy sometime in their life.  Epilepsy is a condition of the brain which causes seizures.  A seizure is a disruption of the electrical communication between neurons.  Someone is said to have epilepsy if they experience two or more unprovoked seizures separated by at least 24 hours. 

Where Will Your Donation Go?  Your generous gifts will help support programs for children with epilepsy and their families, including family weekend camp, family day events and workshops, and the EFGLA holiday party.  In addition, your support will enable us to support programs that encourage children and families to organize their own outreach and awareness events.  All these activities encourage and empower children with epilepsy and help them feel less alone.

For more information about epilepsy and EFGLA, please visit EFGLA's website at http://www.endepilepsy.org. 

I continue to dream of a day when everyone can be seizure-free and epilepsy has little to no impact on the lives of those who currently suffer from this debilitating medical condition.

Thank you!



P.S.  A special thank you to my future wife, Rose Bachtel, for being such a great cheerleader and running buddy.  Also, thank you to the “12:05 Departure” run group for keeping me honest with my training.

Loren Qualified for the Boston Marathon!!
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