12 DAYS.

Just 12 days till the Richmond Marathon, which happens to fall on my mother’s birthday, November 15. She would have turned 55, a milestone birthday she’ll never reach.

One of the coaches for the SportsBackers Marathon Training Team is fond of reminding us to, “Remember your why.” In the words of Blair Just:

“Now it’s time to know your ‘why.’  Every one of you has a reason (and maybe more than one) for doing this.  Whatever it is that drove you into this program and has been pushing you out of bed way ahead of most of the world, now’s the time to consciously embrace it.  By that, we mean know what your reason is.  You don’t have to be able to express it concisely or even precisely but you must be able to feel it and remind yourself of it at the drop of a hat.  Like everything else we do, this is a talent you can improve with practice.  And the better you get, the more unstoppable you will become.

This is my why.


I put cancer on the run with Team Massey. Because I want to make a difference. Because I hope to inspire others and save lives. Because it’s still easier than chemo.

But I need your help!


Last year I ran the Richmond Marathon in 5 hours and 26 minutes. My goal is to run 26.2 miles for Mom and for Massey in under 5 hours — a new personal record. To honor all whose lives have been affected by cancer and support the life-saving research being done at Massey, please consider making a pledge for every minute I lop off last year’s time.

Here’s how it works: Say I finish the marathon in 5 hours and 6 minutes; that’s 20 minutes faster than last year’s finish time. If you pledged $1 for every minute, your total pledge amount would be $20.

For those of you thinking I might finish the marathon freakishly fast — fear not! It’ll be quite the feat to come in under just 5 hours.


Please fill out the form below. Select an amount to pledge per minute from one of the suggested amounts, or put in your own amount. I will contact you after the marathon to let you know my final finish time and your exact pledge amount — not to mention my heartfelt thanks!

Together, we’re unstoppable — and cancer doesn’t stand a chance.



That’s right; here is your chance to WIN over $1,000 in prizes — just by spreading the word about VCU Massey Cancer Center!

Remember this guy?

Brian Lamprecht, our top fundraiser for the 2014 Cancer Hater Challenge, continues to put cancer on the run with Team Still Easier Than Chemo as part of the Massey Challenge! Each month leading up to the culmination event — the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k on March 28, 2015 — Brian plans to take on a challenge that’s Still Easier Than Chemo.

For Brian’s November Challenge, he is running his second half marathon and his first ever full marathon in the same week in an effort to continue raising funds and awareness for Massey.

The Challenge starts Sunday, November 9 on the beautiful campus of Christopher Newport University at Flat-Out Events’ Virginia Running Festival Half Marathon and ends Saturday, November 15 at the Anthem Richmond Marathon.

That’s the hard part; YOU have the easy part! You have the chance to be entered to win one of the following prize packages listed below in one of two easy ways:

  1. Spread the Word: Receive ONE entry just for liking OR sharing this post on Facebook (receive TWO entries for liking AND sharing) Simply follow the link -> https://www.facebook.com/brian.lamprecht/posts/10203803622943881
  2. Support Life-Saving Cancer Research: For every $10 you donate to VCU Massey Cancer Center here you receive 100 entries.

Brain has already raised thousands to help end cancer and save lives. Let’s keep it going! GO, SHARE, DONATE!

Day 1 — Ferguson Center for the Arts Evening Out Package ($125 value):

Head to City Center in Newport News for dinner at Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar ($50 gift certificates). Then, after dinner, experience a jewel of Newport News — Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts. Use your ticket vouchers ($75) to see Michael Bolton, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Ballet, General Colin Powell, Mannheim Steamroller, the Jersey Boys, or a myriad of other performances. Afterward, enjoy a scenic walk around the beautiful campus of Christopher Newport University.

Day 2 — Ferguson Center for the Arts Evening Out PLUS Kiln Creek Golf Package ($575 value):

Enjoy a gift basket from Bonefish Grill in Newport News that includes restaurant certificates ($100 total value) AND a $75 ticket voucher to Ferguson Center for the Arts. In addition, you ALSO receive a one-month membership certificate to Kiln Creek Golf Club for you AND a friend. Each certificate entitles the bearer to a free golf lesson and waived green fees for one month ($400 value).

Day 3 — Colonial Heritage Golf Package ($200 value):

Winding your way from Newport News to Richmond requires a stop in scenic Williamsburg. Receive a gift certificate that covers greens fees for up to four at Colonial Heritage Golf Club ($140 value). Enjoy the delectable lunch selections at Food for Thought ($30 gift card) and the spend a little time with the gracious ladies from Serenity Spa ($25 gift certificate).

Day 4 — Carb Loading Package ($130 value):

The Thursday before race day is carb loading day, so get your carbs on with a gift certificate for a public tour for two with Richmond Brewery Tours ($130 value). Just be sure to hydrate!

Day 5 — Cinebistro Dinner, Movie, and Shopping Package ($125 value):

The day before race-day is for down time. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere while dining at Cinebistro and taking in a show ($75 value). Then, after dinner, use your $50 gift card to walk around Stony Point Fashion Park Mall for a little shopping.

Many thanks to all our sponsors above for your donations and support!

I’ve done a bang up job of sabotaging quite a few of my long runs in preparation for this year’s Richmond Marathon:

  • Week 10’s 12-miler ended in me eating sidewalk.
  • DNF’ed Week 14’s 15-miler due to an overuse issue.
  • Then, the week before marathon training’s grand finale — the Big 2-0, I nearly break a toe.

During tear down for last week’s Cancer Hater Challenge, I had an unfortunate incident with an industrial floodlight — in that the stupid thing came down on my foot. My big toenail instantly turned black. The pain was so intense and continued for so long, I thought I had broken it — fortunately for me I had not!

It still took me a good four days before I was able to walk without hobbling though. I held my breath all last week; I didn’t know if I’d be able to run yesterday’s 20 (or how well), what that would mean for my performance on marathon day or if I would even make it to the start line.

Good news! It wasn’t pretty, but I finished! 20 miles DONE! Bonus: Of all the issues I had during my run, none of them were my toe!

Okay, after all this buildup I know y’all are wanting a visual. After all, who can resist eyeing others’ battle-wounds? Scroll if you dare!

Warning: The image you’re about to see may invoke the following reactions:

There you have it.

I’m just hoping the toenail hangs on till after the marathon.

For now, we taper.


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