who are you
running for?

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

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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#BraveLikeGabe

#BraveLikeGabe

Earlier this week I had a chance to learn more about Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald and her broad base of support through the use of #BraveLikeGabe .  In the spirit of One Medal, the Albuquerque Dukes Track Club dedicated a weekly run to her as a form of encouragement. On...

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A One Medal Two-Fer for GG

A One Medal Two-Fer for GG

It is not often you get to take a picture with everyone in your race.  Actually, I’ve been running for nearly ten years and it has never happened. Well, until the Runoff Runoff Marathon. In a cool 42 degree haze, the headwaters of the Rio Grande to our...

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5K for AJ May 4, 2019

5K for AJ May 4, 2019

The Garrity Group recently pledged and completed a virtual 5K.  While I am sure the staff covers that kind of territory in a day around the office, this was a special 5K is was for someone none of us ever met, AJ AJ was born February 25, 2016. His last days were...

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Cedro Peak for Jim

Cedro Peak for Jim

The Cedro Peak Trail Half Marathon was going to be a challenge.  It did not disappoint.  At 7,600 feet above sea level, it was higher than Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Add in a cluster of runners on narrow trails… things are bound to get interesting! I ran...

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70.3 for Pete and another bite of the apple

70.3 for Pete and another bite of the apple

The Ironman 70.3 Boulder triathlon was for my friend Pete.  His cancer treatments were successfully wrapping up about the same time this race was occurring. When I started training for Ironman 70.3 Boulder, I had a variety of plans.  The progression of...

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A One Medal Two-Fer for Pete

A One Medal Two-Fer for Pete

Until June 2, 2018, I could state with confidence that I never stepped foot in Dexter, New Mexico. What a neat town. It is tucked away in the Southwestern New Mexico, surrounded by the oil industry. The Milkman Triathlon didn’t offer a finisher’s medal. However, they...

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One Medal for my former employee

One Medal for my former employee

The Houston Marathon looked so good on paper.  It is the city where I was raised in the state where I went to school.  The city is about 5,000 feet lower than where I live, thinking it would provide a natural advantage because of all the extra air. Again, it...

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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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