Support a great cause while getting some exercise

Today, over 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic Kidney disease.  Dynasplint® colleagues, Patricia Boteler and Brittany Fooks have felt the weight of this terrible disease first hand. Patty’s family has been rocked by kidney disease for as long as she can remember.  Her nephew, Chris, lived with this disease his whole life.  After undergoing two excruciating kidney transplants (one donated by their father) he later died waiting for a much needed third transplant last summer.  Chris was 33.  He left behind his wife and two young children searching for answers.  Chris’s younger brother, Joel (26 years old), also has kidney disease.  Joel was the recipient of one of his sisters matching kidneys last fall—improving his condition greatly, but not leaving him without a fight.  Science tells us that most strands of kidney disease are hereditary though tests for Chris and Joel would indicate their strands were not related.  Uncertainty remains as to how their family will be further affected by this disease in the future.

To help the Schaum family and others affected by this deadly disease, join Patty and Brittany on the Maryland Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk.  Click to learn more about the National Kidney Foundation or to join the Annual Kidney Walk.

In a Sea of Race Bibs and T-Shirts?

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If you’re like me you’ve completed a bunch of races which has generated quite a pile of race bibs and t-shirts!  At first it was exciting to keep these items as proof of my accomplishments–first the 5K’s then the half marathons!  But as the number of races increased over the years and the one drawer of race t-shirts morphed into 3 I found myself wondering what I could do with all of those items.  I certainly couldn’t throw them away but the old shirts are faded and the new shirts are plentiful…not to mention those race numbers!

You may have already heard of having a quilt made of the race t-shirts, but have you heard of a shoulder bag?!  That’s right.  While perusing my running literature I found this and couldn’t wait to share the great idea!  Take those race items and make a shoulder bag!

The creator was kind enough to not only share her idea but also provided great photos along with the step by step instructions.

Check this out!

Do you have a great idea that you’d like to share?  We’d love to hear from you.

Madison-Chicago 200 Relay!

The MC200 team relay race begins in Madison, WI on June 12, travels through Milwaukee and finishes June 13 on the Lakefront Running Path in Chicago, IL.


Each team consists of 12 runners who will each run three legs totaling anywhere from 10.64 to 20.8 miles.


What’s that?  Does Dynasplint have a team?  You betcha!  The following colleagues are representing Dynasplint: 


Todd Domangue, Jennifer Hammer,

Jeff LeRose, Jeff Long, Sean Murphy, and

(the injured) Samantha Kirkham who will be driving one of the team support vans and cheering them on!


The team’s start time is 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12 and they should end up finishing in Chicago sometime on Saturday afternoon.


Keep checking back here for updates as the team will keep us posted on their progress!


For more race information check out the race website:

Inaugural National Running Day – June 3, 2009

The mission of National Running Day is to designate one national day to promote running as a healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise.


This initiative aims to:

  • Strengthen a nationwide grassroots movement to get people running.
  • Encourage Americans of all ages and fitness levels to get out and run.

  • As more school physical education programs disappear every day, get kids interested in running as a part of an everyday healthy lifestyle.
  • Inspire children of all ages by exposing them to professional runners who know better than anyone the benefits of running.
  • On June 3, wear your running shoes to work to show your commitment and participation.

You can participate in National Running Day anywhere!  Remember this is an easy and accesible activity. So, go ahead, lace up those shoes and get moving!

For more information visit

Join the Team–Team Eric!

Calling all runners and walkers for the Second Annual TEAM ERIC for the Marine Corps 10K on October 25, 2009. 

TEAM ERIC was started last year by Gina, the mother of Eric Herzberg.  Eric is Severna Park’s own hero who gave his life in Iraq for all of us.  All participants in TEAM ERIC will wear a t-shirt with Eric’s picture to honor him and participate in the race honoring ALL Marines.

Registration opens at noon on May 13, 2009.  Don’t delay, as the race fills up quickly.  Go to and register for the MCM 10K. 

Once you’ve signed up for the race send an email to Lynn Koutras at to let her know that you are part of Team Eric and to provide her with your shirt size.  A request is being made of a $15 dollar donation to cover the cost of Gina printing the shirts.

Remember, you don’t have to be a runner.  This is a walker-friendly race as well.  Consider joining the other members of ROM who have already signed up and made the commitment to participate!

Thinking about vacation?!

Whether you are considering a vacation to run or just running on vacation–there are many options!

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This is just one of the sites to visit for those that have considered a running vacation. 

There are also resources for clinics and camps to attend where you can run your first 5K or improve your marathon.

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The above link is a good resource for those that are considering a vacation where you may want to get out for a run while you’re there.  You pick the distance and the company provides the guide!  With a guided tour you can get in your run while learning about the history, urban myths and other things that make that particular city unique.

Have a great vacation and enjoy your run!

National Walk to Work Day

The first Friday in April has been labeled as National Walk to Work Day.  This started in the US in 2004 and the aim is to walk for all or part of your commute.

If walking to work isn’t an option, gather some colleagues and Walk to Lunch instead!

Remember to wear sensible clothing and comfortable walking shoes.  Walking 30-60 minutes each day greatly lowers your health risks.

Don’t forget the importance of stretching when you’ve completed your walk.  Check out some great stretches in our post entitled, “Want to be a faster runner?”

There are many websites out there offering information about National Walk to Work Day.  Here’s one that offers a lot of great information:

See you out there!

Want to be a faster runner?

The key to gaining speed and power is stretching! Many athletes spend hours and hours working on their sport, long runs, weight training and nutrition, but somehow neglect the act of stretching.faster-runner-pic

This is a surefire way to halt improvements and sign up for an injury in the near future. Plus, you are robbing yourself from many benefits you would gain from just 15 minutes a day of solid concentrated stretching.

Be sure to warm up for 5-10 minutes before stretching to warm and loosen your muscles. Here are the best ways to target main body parts: Continue reading