Pewitt Is Completing His 13th Half Marathon with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
March 18, 2015 — What began as a lark, has become a life-time commitment for Richardson Police Captain Coby Pewitt. Pewitt had always wanted to travel to Alaska. When a post card in his mailbox from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society told him Anchorage was just 26.2 miles away, he signed on to train for his first marathon as part of LLS’ Team In Training, and raised several thousand dollars to fund the charity’s research and patient aid programs.
He didn’t realize then that leukemia would soon loom large in both his personal and professional life. Within a few months, news of relatives and friends who were battling leukemia – including the Richardson Fire Marshal who was diagnosed that year – made his first marathon run that much more meaningful.
At Sunday’s Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas ½ marathon, Pewitt will complete his 13th year of running with and for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He finished his 30th marathon in January, has raised $75,000 for the organization, and coached for Team In Training for the last six years, training hundreds of runners to accomplish that first long run.
“It’s been life-changing for me,” Pewitt said of his association with the team and support of LLS. “Sure I’ve seen the world,” he said. “I ran marathons in Rome, Paris, Madrid, Greece and Scotland in the last few years. But more importantly, the more I run, the closer we get to a cure for leukemia.”
Pewitt is inspired to continue as both a fundraiser and coach because of the tragic death of a young police officer on the force 10 years ago. Joshua Rosenthal was 22 and had just graduated from the police academy when he began to get headaches and unexplained bleeding.
“As young, strong men so often do, he put off going to the doctor until it was too late. He came to the hospital in a fever-induced coma, and never went home. He’s the reason I continue to do this,” Pewitt said. “He was too young to die. We’re going to find a cure for this.”
Pewitt is set to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Remix Challenge at the Dallas race, which is two days of running. Saturday is a 5K and on Sunday he’ll run the half-marathon.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas is like a reunion run for many of us in Team In Training,” Pewitt said. “I always find a few old friends and teammates to join me at the race, after the winter coaching season is over and we’ve started to miss our morning runs.”
Never one to let a good travel opportunity pass him by, his next race is Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin, Ireland!
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas
A Competitor event, the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon is set for Sunday, March 22nd. The race features live bands and cheerleaders interspersed with themed water stations along each mile of the scenic course. A free two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend, featuring more than one hundred fitness retailers, exhibits, free samples and interactive clinics. The event concludes Sunday afternoon with a finish line celebration and headlining performance by Eric Hutchinson at Fair Park. For more information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon, please visit Competitor.com or follow@RunRocknRoll on Twitter.
About Team In Training
Team In Training (TNT) is the flagship fundraising campaign of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the world’s largest and most successful charity sports endurance training program. Since its inception in 1988, when a team of 38 runners trained together for the New York City Marathon and raised $320,000, TNT has raised more than $1.4 billion, trained more than 600,000 people and helped LLS invest more than $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough cancer treatments that are saving lives today.
TNT harnesses the power of physical activity to help LLS find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients, and make a positive impact on the quality of life for patients with blood cancer and their families.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.