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Monday, December 20, 2010

12 in 2011

I will run 12 marathons in 2011 if the Center for Grieving in Portland, Maine accepts my offer to fund raise money on their behalf.  I went to free support groups at the Center for Grieving Children after my father passed away.  It helped me a lot at a time when I really needed to know that others were there and could relate.I will be paying for all of my travel expenses on my own throughout this journey.  Please stay tuned for a possible ongoing fundraiser in the near future!

Monday, November 22, 2010

State #3: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marathon

@tuesday726 with her amazing sign!!
Here I am at 5:30am ready to go!! My twin brother Bobby woke up while I was getting ready so he snapped this picture! I was so excited to hit the road and begin another journey.

To start, I flew in from Boston on my own and took the Liberty Shuttle to my hotel Windsor Suites on Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.  On the shuttle, a lady from Houston, TX was talking to me and asked why I was in Philly.  I told her that I was running the marathon and she got all excited.  She said she had done 1/2 marathons and that her siblings do full marathons.  She was very sweet and I asked her about the Austin Marathon.  She told me that it is challenging, but beautiful.  I asked her if she had ever been to Maine and she had been to Bar Harbor/Mount Desert Island where my dad grew up!!

I arrived to the hotel and then walked to the expo to get my race packet & bib.  The expo was AMAZING.  It was huge and I was extremely impressed with how well organized it was.  Bart Yasso was at the Runner's World booth and he was selling copies of his book "My Life on The Run."  I had him autograph a copy and also snatched a picture of him and Mayor Nutter as the media came by when Bart was signing my book!
Mayor Nutter & Bart Yasso

Bart was very personable and sincere.  I told him about my goal to run 50 marathons in 50 states in memory of my dad and he said, "you will do it."  My brother arrived to Philly from NYC a few hours after I got into the city.  The next day, we went out for lunch with a group of Twitter runners! @ericasara organized an awesome lunch at Marathon Grill.  It was great to meet a bunch wonderful runners and to later see them on the course!!!  Thanks @gksarahj5 for convincing me to go to lunch and for being at mile 14!! Then my brother Bobby and I adventured to Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, and of course we went to the Museum of Art and ran up the Rocky steps.  We ran up them while listening to "Gonna Fly Now"---the Rocky theme song!! The Rocky song is also played at the start of the marathon and at the finish.

Now onto the marathon, the course was absolutely beautiful with only a couple of hills. At the start, Mayor Nutter and Bart Yasso were cheering on fans.  The Mayor was even giving high fives to runners at the end! I felt great during the whole race and did not hit "the wall."  I think the Zensa pink compression socks saved my legs!! The race was very well organized and the volunteers were GREAT!  There were spectators all along the course and lots of music.  I loved mile 7 at Drexel University, where fraternity and sorority members were drinking and blasting "Teach Me How To Dougie."  Every marathon has a theme song and that was it!! Chicago '09 was "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas.  The bib numbers have your names on them which was great because people were yelling my name the whole entire race.
With my Jersey cousins!
Kelly and I at the finish!
The first few miles went by Christ Church, the Delaware River, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, City Hall, Drexel University, and the Philly Zoo.  The marathon goes along Kelly Drive which is along the Schuykill pretty!! Boathouse Row was especially beautiful.  I loved Manayunk at mile 20, it was packed and there were tons of cheering and music.  I felt great at mile 20 and did not have any pain.  There were cheerleaders at mile 24 which was awesome!! I was running with a girl Kelly that I had just started to talk to, she is from the Philly area, but now lives in Colorado Springs.  She told me that she lost her dad at age 16.  I really enjoyed talking to her and ended up finishing the race with her. The picture above is of Kelly and I after finishing.

I highly recommend the Philly Marathon.  The medal at the end is so rewarding and the people of Philly were awesome spectators! Thank you to my New Jersey cousins for coming to the marathon and having lunch with Bobby and I, it was a blast.

I felt great at the end and still do feel pretty darn good for running 26.2 miles.  Thank you everyone for all of your support and good luck wishes & congratulations.  Congrats to everyone that ran this past weekend.  It was a pleasure to meet you all and keep up the running.  Now it's onto the Disney Marathon in January!! DREAM BIG!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Off to PHILLY!! 3 days to go!!

I am off to Philly tomorrow morning.  On Sunday I am taking on the Philly Marathon course.  It will be my third marathon in memory of my Dad.  I can't wait to meet all of you out there and to rock the city of Philadelphia! "When you feel the sting of sweat in your eyes, or when you hit the wall....PUSH THROUGH PHILLY."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

11 days until my journey continues...

In 11 days, I will be running the Philadelphia Marathon.  Right now, I am experiencing many emotions.  I am excited, nervous, anxious, but I am feeling mentally prepared.  I know my dad will be with me and give me the strength to finish.

I can't wait to run in 11 days and feel alive.  The marathon reminds me that my dad will always be watching over me and his strength has been passed onto me.

To those running the Philly Marathon, I hope to meet you there and good luck!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

From January to June 2011, I will have one marathon each month!!

I just registered for the Myrtle Beach Marathon and the Shamrock Marathon in VA Beach.  I will be running 6 marathons in 2011, possibly more depending on how I feel! I am excited, anxious, nervous, and just overall happy that I am able to run. 

I am hoping that one of these years, I will do 12 in 12 months! We will see about that though :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

26.2 Tattoo

This past weekend, I got my first tattoo...26.2 with a heart instead of the dot!  I've wanted this since I finished my first marathon in Maine (Mount Desert Island) in 2008.  If you haven't checked out Mount Desert Island, I highly recommend it!

You'll Wait for Me

If you love running then you're probably on this blog right now.  You might be checking out my blog because you're just getting into running, or you've been running for a long time, or you're also running in memory of someone, or for a cause. Whatever your reason is for running, check out this video and you'll love running even more: You'll Wait for Me


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

50 for Billy Mission Statement

50 for Billy Mission Statement: I am running 50+ marathons in 50 states in memory of my dad, William Mason Trask, who passed away suddenly in 2006 at age 51. My dad loved to travel, but he never got to see all 50 states.  I am bringing him with me.

My goal is to complete #51 at the Mount Desert Island Marathon (where my dad grew up) age 51. This will not be a competitive journey. I will not have set goal times for each marathon, instead I want to inspire others along marathon courses to continue to run and to remember why they run. I hope to encourage others of all ages to take a proactive approach to coping with the loss of a loved one.

At the end of my journey, I would like to write a book and donate the proceeds to the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine. Please follow & support me through 1,310 miles. Who will you run for?

Elizabeth Trask

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Marathon shirts

My shirts are going to look something like this with the picture of my dad on the front and the states on the back!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The eulogy I wrote...

Sometimes we just don't know the reasons why...I'm going to miss you Dad. My last memory with you was of us laughing in my car about nothing, simply laughing at each others' laughs to the point that we started to cry. Our relationship was very close and I will never forget laughing and crying with you on numerous occasions.  I was always comfortable and safe with you Dad, I still feel that way.  I know you are here with me right now as I write this, you are probably lingering right over my shoulder, helping me and telling me not to cry.  Just the other day I was outside and the weather was so strange, it was sunny and raining and then where I was standing the sky was dark, but I wasn’t getting rained on at all.  You are still here and I can feel you protecting me and telling me “everything will be ok”.  

The smell of your Red Sox shirts helped me sleep last night.  You were a hard-core Boston Red Sox fan.  I won’t forget going to Fenway for Opening Day this summer with you.  Trips to Fenway were always fun, you were the loudest fan, always starting the chants.  Don’t worry, I will keep that tradition going for you.  You really knew how to have a good time. I always had fun with you Dad. You always knew how to make me laugh and smile.  You are my courage and my strength everyday. My pain runs so deep that it is hard to even start putting it all into words. Without you in my life things will never be the same. 

Please always know I love you and no one can take your place; years may come and go, but your memory will never be erased. Thank you for teaching me what courage really means. You will always be my hero. May you now be at peace, with no more struggles or tough days and remember how much I admired you for the strength and love you showed me everyday. "ALL MY LOVE." I love you Daddy. XOXO, Bethy-Poo

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Follow me on Twitter @fiftyforbilly

Danielle convinced me to start a Twitter account to connect with runners and find marathons, etc.!! Follow me @fiftyforbilly  :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Nike Women's Half Marathon, 2010

I am running the Nike Women's Half Marathon in less than two weeks in San Francisco.  I am very excited since I've never been to the West Coast.  My mom and I are going to do all of the tourist stuff.  We're going to Napa Valley for wine tours and Alcatraz!  I am looking forward to a little break away from everything and some quality time with my mom.  So far I've found that the women doing this race are such an inspiration.  Nike has a Facebook page and women have been adding photos with captions about why they run.  I can't wait to run alongside other women who run because they can and/or in memory of someone close to their hearts.  I will keep you posted on my adventure to San Fran!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

48 more marathons to go.

Next up is the Philly Marathon in November!! I've never been to Philly, this should be fun!!

Believe in the run ♥ Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart ♥

State #2: Illinois, Chicago Marathon, 2009

Chicago is such an amazing city.  My mom and two aunts, Cindy and Judy, came along for the adventure.  We explored the whole city a few days before the marathon.  There was so much stuff to do.  We took a double decker bus to the Navy Pier which was my favorite spot.  

this is what mile 24 looks like.
The weather was absolutely freezing the whole time we were there, especially being right near Lake Michigan.  The forecast for the marathon was a chance of snow showers and the temperature was around 30 degrees with a very crazy cold wind chill.  I had to buy spandex at Dick's Sporting Goods because I was not prepared for it to be so cold.  There were 65,000 runners, the ultimate thrill for someone who loves running.  It was so amazing.  At the start, I talked to a medical student from the Chicago Medical School.  It was her very first marathon and she was very nervous, but extremely excited.  Her family couldn't be at the race, because they all lived in India, but she was telling me how she uses Skype to keep in touch with them.  I gave her some good luck wishes and told her to enjoy the ride.  Then we were off! It took 23 minutes to get across the start line because there were so many runners.  Sweats were being thrown up in the air and music was blasted.  Spectators were everywhere.  The course was awesome.  It was flat and went through the most popular Chi-town spots: Magnificent Mile, Greektown, Little Italy, and Chinatown.  The fans were fabulous, there were different groups of spectators at every mile marker...high school cheerleaders and bands.  The first 7 miles went by so quickly and I felt great.  The enthusiasm of everyone at the marathon was contagious.  At mile 20, I was a hurtin unit, I got some tape from the medical tent and had my knee taped up...good ol' IT Band Syndrome was kickin in.  Then there was the Nike+ Powersong Zone which helped me soo much!! 


Nike had this huge tunnel with big flatscreens, I could see myself running (not that I really wanted to at mile 20), but it was neat.  The song was "I Got a Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas...great running song.  At Mile 24,  I talked to two other runners from Chicago who had been doing the marathon since they were young and volunteering at it since a young age.  Some random guys had beers and jello shots that they were giving out to runners.  The girls and I opted for the jello shots, hey we only had 2 miles left to go and we weren't going to be setting any world records.  Damn, those jello shots were good and exactly what we needed.  I vaguely remember the last mile, I just remember that my body was in shock and tears of happiness started to stream down my face.  When I finished, my mom and aunts found me after being so concerned about my whereabouts while I was running.  Then I went back to the hotel room and crashed.  I didn't want food or a shower, I just wanted to sleep.
made it!
approaching mile 20

good morning, 6am at the start line.

State #1: Maine, Mount Desert Island Marathon, 2008

Jenny biked all 26.2 miles along my side :) Special thanks to Jenny Penny for giving me gatorade and listening to me moan and groan the last 6 miles!

my first marathon!
After my father passed away, I didn’t do anything for days.  I gave up what I loved the most.  I gave up on running.  I felt like my dad was no longer there to cheer me on at college track and cross-country meets.  I didn’t realize he would always be there.  I decided to employ a coping mechanism and way to my memorialize father’s life.  Running became my outlet.  I wasn’t looking to set a record time, I just wanted to finish.  My dad’s attitude in life wasn’t to be the best, but to try your hardest and to give it all you’ve got.  I chose Mount Desert Island as my first marathon because my father grew up in Southwest Harbor, Maine.  I spent many summer days with my grandparents and him there.  The course itself is very challenging with rolling steep hills.  Once I registered, I knew my life would be never be the same.                           

It was a cool, crisp October day and I was very nervous but excited to run.  Weeks before the race, I had a t-shirt screen-printed with the picture below.  My dad gave me this picture in 1992, when I was six years old.  I stepped up to the line of runners after warming up.  Many runners came up to me and gave me a hug, pat on the back, or shared their losses with me.  I specifically remember one man who came up to me and showed me a pin of his daughter who passed away at a very young age from leukemia.  I felt inspired.  I felt honored.  I was so fortunate to have my father for twenty years.  Before I knew it the gun went off and we were well on our way.                   
Along the course, there were several spots that made me think of my dad and the fun times we shared together. I talked to many runners and ran alongside runners from out of state, first time marathoners, and experienced marathoners. Everyone had their own story. Everyone had their own reason for running. The most challenging part of the race was the last mile when I passed the house my dad grew up in on Main St. in Southwest Harbor. I had tears of happiness, joy, and sadness. Through the pain of running for over five hours, I knew he was with me. I could almost feel my dad giving me the extra push and saying “thank you Bethy, I love you.” When I reached the finish line, I cried with my mom, aunt, and friend Jen who biked the marathon with me. The pain and feeling of accomplishment from finishing a marathon is addictive. The morning after the marathon, several marathoners were staying at our hotel, Acadia Inn in Bar Harbor and sharing their marathon stories. One man was talking to the race director, Gary Allen, about how he had finished fifty marathons, one in each state of the United States...what an awesome way to see the United States. It was amazing to hear him talk.  This is how “50 for Billy” began.


Doin' it for you Dad-50 Marathons, 50 States

"Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, love leaves a memory that no one can steal."

On September 1, 2006, my father suddenly passed away.  I was only twenty years old when I lost my best friend.  The loss of my father motivated me to run 26.2 miles in his memory. My goal is to run one marathon in each state for my Dad and for myself.  I hope this motivates you to find a positive and active way to cope with the loss of a loved one.  Who will you run for?

A special thanks to my law school friend Norm for the name "50 for Billy."

Thank you to all of my friends and family who have been there for me and continue to support me through many miles.   It wouldn't be the same without you.
last sox game w/dad. (dad, me, cousin michala)
50 is the number.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — William Mason Trask, “Billy T.,” 51, died unexpectedly at his home in Old Orchard Beach on Sept. 1, 2006. He was born in Caribou in 1955, the beloved child of the late Rev. Joseph Mason Trask and Elizabeth MacDonald Trask of Southwest Harbor.
He attended Lenox School, winning the G. Gardner Monks Award, and graduated from Vermont Academy, winning the Shanaham Cup. He graduated from Nasson College with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1978, earning the Senior Cup for outstanding leadership and scholarship.
He worked for Honeywell, Inc., and later for the Department of Defense on the “Star Wars Project,” doing security work in Kwajalien, Marshall Islands. Bill was also employed as human resources manager for James River Corporation in Old Town and for General Signal Corporation in Pittsfield. During the middle to late 1980s, he was employed at Liberty Mutual and Gallagher-Bassett Services, both in Portland. Bill was very interested and active in politics, working on several political campaigns. He also tirelessly fought for equal rights for the mentally ill in federal court and in the Maine Legislature.
The light of his life were his twin children, Robert and Elizabeth, whom he was very proud of and loved dearly. He was a very caring and involved dad, and was always there to cheer on his kids. He never missed a game or school event, and also coached basketball, baseball and volunteered with his son’s Boy Scout troop. Bill always loved to entertain, and his barbecues were not to be missed. He enjoyed his summer and the beautiful nature of Mount Desert Island. Some of his favorite activities included hiking, fishing, golfing and being with friends and family.
Bill passionately loved the Boston Red Sox from the age of 5 until the day he died. He could always be seen proudly wearing a Red Sox hat or jacket. Trips to a Red Sox game with Bill were adventures not to be forgotten. While traveling on the turnpike, many times he would pay the toll for the car behind him as an act of kindness. On trips to Boston, a stop at the Hilltop Steak House was a must, and a stop at Kowloon’s was essential on the way home. He insisted on arriving at Fenway Park at least three hours before the game started to mingle with the crowd. He was always an enthusiastic fan, and to be sitting near Bill in the stands was a hoot for all. He was a trivia buff of sports and American history.
His heroes were John Wayne and Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro, whose life and times were admired by Bill for his tenacity and resilience. Bill lived his life to the fullest and his strong faith in God helped him through many dark times. He is now at peace.
Bill is survived by his twin children, Robert Joseph and Elizabeth Mary, and his former wife and friend, Suzanne Lord Trask. He also leaves several aunts, uncles, and cousins on Mount Desert Island and in Massachusetts.