Race & Team In Training Report by Statesboro Pacer, Niki Jones

9/25/05, Disney Triathlon, Orlando, FL

Whew. I ended up with $2520! [raising $$ for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society] Just barely got by, but I met my goal of $2500 J I am so happy.

Thanks so much for all the support. I really, really appreciate it!

The race went really, really well. It was probably the best triathlon race I have ever completed. I went 2:35.11 (my goal time was 2:35-), won my age group and was the 5th place female overall. I could not believe it! I had never done a race this big (1,100- which I know is small for a running race but pretty big for a tri) so I suppose my expectations to place well were low. Anyway, I got a trophy with a big Mickey Mouse on top for winning my age group- so funny. My run split was 47:59 for the 10K – I have never even broken 48 with fresh legs before, so I was pretty shocked when I held that pace. Anyway, thanks for asking.



At 11:57 AM 9/13/2005, you wrote:

Dear friends and family,

Thank you so much for your support of my Team In Training goals.

With less than two weeks until my race I thought I would give you an update. Since May my team (the Disney Triathlon Team in Training Team) has met every weekend on both Saturday and Sunday for training sessions. Saturday consists of a swim and sometimes a run and Sunday consists of a bike and a run. I am happy to say I made all sessions unless I was out of town. We have our last session this weekend and they are throwing us a send off picnic! I will head to Orlando on Friday the 23rd for the race. I feel ready and confident and am getting really excited to compete in honor of all those who have battled or currently are battling cancer. Thank you so much to those of you who made donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Your support means more than you know. I am currently still trying to reach my goal of $2500 but have raised $1855 and am just $645 short of reaching my goal. If you are still interested in making a donation it would be very much appreciated! Every little bit helps. Thanks again for all your support and feel free to e-mail me with any questions. If anyone is interested in participating in Team in Training I am sure there is a chapter near you and I would be happy to speak to you about all the benefits of being a part of such a great cause. I hope all of you are well. I hope to hear from you soon. I will be sure to send another update after the race!!

Take care,


Statesboro Pacer and Team in Training member, Niki Jones, needs our Pacer support!!  

Niki is training for the Disney World Triathlon, 9/25/05, while jointly raising much needed funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! She is just $900 short of reaching her goal of raising $2,500!! Please read her moving letter below and consider contributing to this wonderful cause.

Tax deductible checks can be made payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and mailed to Niki Jones at 559 NE 46th St., Apt. 208, Boca Raton, FL 33431, and she must collect all funds BEFORE her race (9/25/05). Alternatively, Statesboro Pacer, Rob Ruzicka, rruzicka@georgiasouthern.edu, 912-541-6874, will be happy to collect any donations locally on her behalf and ensure she receives them in time. You can catch him at many of our group runs and HASH r*ns.

Niki’s letter follows…

June 15, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

As you all know sports and physical activity have always been an important part of my life. I grew up swimming and have maintained a fairly active lifestyle since retiring from competitive swimming after my four years of college. But recently I joined a training program different than anything I have ever been a part of before, a very special program.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT) is one of the largest endurance sports training programs, but more importantly it is one of the largest donors to research for blood related cancers. My inspiration for joining the TEAM in search for a cure was Kelly Pancake. Kelly is 23 and a recent graduate from Florida Atlantic University. I had the pleasure of working with Kelly this past swim season. She was a fifth year volunteer coach here at FAU. Kelly was diagnosed with melanoma in February of this year. She had surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible but it spread to her lymph nodes. Kelly is currently undergoing treatment and battling to be healthy and cancer free. Although melanoma is not a blood cancer she was my main motivation for joining TNT and I am competing in honor of her.

I am also competing for many families and children out there fighting for their lives like Anthony Ottaviani. Anthony was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in 1995 at the age of four. More than 4,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Thanks to the increase in funding for research and treatment there has been dramatic progress in treating the disease and like Anthony more than 95% of children go into remission.  

The event I will be competing in is the Walt Disney World Triathlon. The event will take place on September 25, 2005 and is a 1.5K swim (.93 miles), a 40K bike (24.8 miles), and a 10K run (6.2 miles). My main goal is to raise $2500 of which over 75% will go directly to research and treatment of cancer. Whatever you can give will be more than appreciated.  Additionally, I have enclosed a sticker.  Maybe you could consider placing the sticker on a can or jar on your desk, at your business, school, department, or restaurant for a week or two. Encouraging others to donate as well is a great way to help fight for a cure. Whatever you can give or collect is appreciated- every little bit helps! Remember donations are tax deductible and some businesses and companies may be willing to match your donation. I will also place your name or the name or your school, department, business, or family on one of my limbs during the race for my top four donations! See if you can buy or win a limb for the race! 

If you have any questions or would like to contact me please feel free to call me at 561-716-5965 or e-mail me at njones28@fau.edu. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your support. I will be sure to let you know who wins my limbs and how the race goes! 


Niki Jones 

PS- Please feel free to make a copy of this letter and give it to anyone you know! Also, if you know of anyone who has survived cancer or anyone who is currently battling cancer I would be happy to wear a ribbon for them on race day- just let me know!!

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