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Every endurance athlete has one race
to run for someone else.

Every runner has one race and one medal to give for someone. One Medal is a program that encourages the gift of encouragement and empowerment for people who are going through what appears to be insurmountable adversity.

– Tom Garrity

For the Four

For the Four

July 16th the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Metro 2 helicopter was dispatched to make some water bucket drops on a fire that was quickly developing in fire ravaged Northern New Mexico. The four emergency responders had a full day, their efforts helped to...

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One Medal Walk For Encouragement

One Medal Walk For Encouragement

One Medal partner’s with Rio Grande Half, 5K and One Mile Walk for Encouragement Participants in the August 14, 2022 Lovelace Rio Grande Half Marathon and The Garrity Group 5K and One Medal Walk for Encouragement will have an opportunity to add additional meaning to...

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IMTX 703 for Murph

IMTX 703 for Murph

Our paths first crossed when he was running the campaign for what would be Bruce King‘s third term as New Mexico’s Governor. I was working as a reporter at the local ABC affiliate.

Over time, we’d connect more in professional and personal circles. Through our conversations, we learned that our families had actually met decades if not generations before we crossed paths. That is a story for either a book or a movie.

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LHCT for Jim

LHCT for Jim

One of the fun things about training for a big race is the opportunity to do some other smaller races, or shorter distances, as a part of my training.

The Lake Havasu City Olympic triathlon was one of those races. Having not been in open water since the start of the COVID pandemic, I needed to get some open water training swims. I didn’t want race day to be the first time I was in open water.

This race was in honor of my brother Jim. Or, as family calls him, Jimmy.

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Bosque 10K For Officer Duran

Bosque 10K For Officer Duran

Running a race of any distance always takes preparation, physical mental. Add in a Sunday race on time change weekend and that adds a whole new level of complexity.

Such was the case with the Bosque 10 K, a Spring season race. It is a very flat and fast course along the Rio Grande. Sponsored by Albuquerque‘s elite running group, the Dukes Track Club, proceeds from the race went to benefit youth running programs.

The headlines and news of the day help to guide my intention for this race.

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One Medal for Alice

One Medal for Alice

Nashville is known for many things.  It is a great place for music, food and frivolity. Aside from some high school friends, I’ve known three great public relation professionals from the Music City:  Mark McNeely, Todd Smith and Alice Chapman. In...

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One Medal for Gerald

One Medal for Gerald

The Bridgeland 10 mile race is part of the Texas 10 Series. It is a unique, road course consisting of two five-mile loops (more on the loops in a minute). I ran this race for my friend Gerald, his family and our small group from church.

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One Medal for World Vision

One Medal for World Vision

The Black Hills Ultramarathon: 50 Mile Putting the running pack on her knee she pulled out a five inch blade, “You never know when this will come in handy out there, I always run with it.” Pondering my position in the back of a sprinter van, in the remote Black Hills...

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Panther City for Michelle

Panther City for Michelle

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” – Robert Burns The plan was to run the Panther City 13.1 marathon on February 21, 2021. The “cold” reality, in the form of an artic polar vortex, postponed the race. My One Medal honoree, a combat veteran with...

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Surfside for Allen

Surfside for Allen

The Surfside Beach Half Marathon was my first race in almost a year. It is a fun race on the packed slopping sand along the Texas Gulf Coast.  It was my first race since the initial Pandemic restrictions.  It was a race with several narratives....

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In January 2010, I started a journey of encouragement for others with a two-mile training run for my first marathon. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to run numerous endurance races. This blog is where we share One Medal moments with a spirit of encouragement and motivation.

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