MEET THE 2017 THP NYC MARATHON TEAM

2018-07-09T13:37:32+00:00September 10th, 2017|Categories: THP Runs|

MEET THE 2017 THP NYC MARATHON TEAM!


Dan Babcock

I grew up in Brighton, MA and graduated from Catholic Memorial High School. After high school, I went on to study and graduate from Westfield State University. After college, I went on to marry the love of my life, my wife Seana. We have 2 beautiful children, Cameron, 11, and Delaney, 8. They are my whole world and my inspiration in anything I do. We have lived in Rockland, MA for 12 years.

About 5 years ago, I hit rock bottom due to my alcoholism. I ended up heading to detox and treatment, almost losing my job and my family. I was lucky to have many people (my family and friends) that helped support me and steer me in the right direction.

I am running for The Herren Project because I want to give back and help those who might not have the resources to get help like I did.  On November 5, 2017, I will be running the NYC Marathon to bring awareness to addiction and to show people that it is ok to speak up and ask for help. I will also be celebrating 5 years of sobriety the weekend of the marathon, one day at a time.

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Stefan Barner

I’ve run sevreal races with some amazing charity partner programs and began to feel like maybe I was missing out on something. I love to run, but I thought, wouldn’t it be even more fulfilling to make those miles count by raising money for a good cause.

When I found The Herren Project and THP RUNS, I knew I had to do this. Running has been a cornerstone of my recovery along with the amazing support of my wife and family. I know I’m lucky because not everyone has what I have, so I run for this group to make sure everyone has access to the resources they need to change their lives.

My faith, my family, and the “bagel shop girl” are what drive me. I’ve taken Hebrews 12:1 literally, and I “run with perseverance,” and with thanks for all of God’s good gifts. My family inspires me daily with their support and love. No matter what, I have an amazing team on my side.

The “bagel shop girl” was a woman that saw me wearing my THP shirt after a race. She said THP had helped her and she thanked me. I hadn’t done enough to earn her thanks but I’ll keep running for her, and others like her, that want to build a better future.

My goal for the 2017 NYC Marathon is simply TO HAVE FUN! I plan to soak it all in and run with all I’ve got!

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Carrie Bates

I’m incredibly honored to be running the 2017 New York City Marathon as a member of The Herren Project Team!
As a 1984 Olympian, sports and being active have always been a core part of who I am. During active addiction, I lost that fire. I became a solitary, isolated alcoholic who struggled to just survive another day.

When I got sober in 2012, the passion and love I had always had for being active started to come back. It has since become an integral part of my recovery. I first learned of Chris Herren, and The Herren Project in 2013 when I stumbled on his story in a recovery documentary. I immediately knew I needed to be a part of what he was doing!

I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband Ken (the rock of our family), and my two amazing and beautiful daughters, Gabby (19), and Miya (16). We are honored to share OUR story of hope and recovery, all while raising funds for the incredible mission of The Herren Project!

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Ron Coleman

I am running my first NYC Marathon with The Herren Project/THP Runs. I first connected with Chris Herren about 5 years ago when I took my son do some private workouts with him and his coaches. I have continued to watch his organization’s efforts across the county with education and prevention and am extremely honored to finally be able to contribute and support their mission.

I have seen the impact that addiction can have on families, our youth, our communities and me personally. I hope my work and involvement with THP will have some sort of impact to empower, especially our youth, to stand up and make a difference in this fight.

My goal for this year’s NYC Marathon is to take it all in connect with the THP Group and enjoy the experience.

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Megan Denault

I joined the Herren Project’s THP RUNS in summer of 2016, running ‘unofficially,’ the Bristol Half Marathon, and then officially the Jamestown Half Marathon the month after. I followed this up by joining the Boston Marathon 2017 Team.

As soon as the race ended, despite my swearing off marathons for the foreseeable future, I asked Pam if there was any chance I may join the NYC Marathon Team. Fate stepped in, a spot opened up, and I began yet another round of training.

Running with THP has been therapeutic for me as I have watched my brother struggle with addiction over the past 10 years. It has provided me with a community of individuals that I was lacking in the past, and a forum to share, give support, and get support in return. I am thrilled to have found THP, and I’m looking forward to finishing New York and continuing to support and advocate for THP.

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Dave Gesmondi

I am running my second NYC marathon for THP this fall (…the first one I did last year was brutal!). But, there nothing more inspiring than a group of people sacrificing to make the world a better place.

The folks with THP are everyday heroes, glue guys, real people that do extraordinary things for people battling drug and alcohol addiction. They aren’t looking for notoriety, fame or glory, they simply are working hard every day to make recovery and wellness a priority in people’s lives.

Put simply, I’m running for first my family (my wife Alexa who is the best hero I know); for Ben, my 16-year-old son who is a warrior, my 14-year-old daughter, Gracie, who is the best daughter anyone could ask for, and my 12-year-old son, Derek, who is the glue in our family, and makes everyone laugh.

Finally, I’m running for my friend Chris Herren, and his colleagues and mission at THP, and their passion, commitment and integrity, to make this world a better place. And to the millions of people he and THP are trying to help. Everyday heroes. Inspiring….

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Kevin Grace

As a marathon runner who has never run any marathons outside of the Midwest, I was elated to learn that I had won an entry into the NYC marathon.  What a dream!  To be able to run one of the greatest 26.2 mile courses on the planet?  What could possibly be better?   How about having the privilege and honor of running the NYC Marathon for a very meaningful charity – The Herren Project.

THP increases education and public awareness on the dangers of substance abuse and mission is to assist one person, one family at a time through a combination of treatment navigation, educational initiatives, mentoring, and public awareness. Outreach efforts have moved individuals from all ages, walks of life and socio-economic conditions, out from behind the cloak of guilt, shame and denial, to the light of treatment.

The Herren Project’s programs and initiatives are a direct response to the increasing number of young people across the United States that are experimenting, using and suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol; or are at risk for such abuse. Simply put, the Herren Project makes a difference in saving lives and I am thrilled to be able to help raise funds for such an important cause!

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Suzanne Hole

I believe that God puts people in your life for a reason and I’m grateful that he placed Chris Herren and his family into mine.
My family and I met Chris at the beginning of his recovery. I immediately felt compassion for him having been an adult child of an alcoholic father and knowing firsthand the trials and tribulations of addiction. Growing up in a home with addiction, my heart went out to Chris and his family and I just knew that I wanted to help and support him, any way I could.

Chris was getting his life back on track and started giving private workouts for local basketball players. My son Evan along with his good friend Andrew was among the earliest players to attend Chris’s workouts; later on our daughter Jamie attended as well.  Not only were our kids learning from Chris’s professional expertise but more importantly they were learning about working hard, having self-respect and believing in yourself; Chris became their role model and more importantly, their friend, (as well as ours).  We all forged a meaningful relationship beyond the game of basketball. He has served as a mentor on and off the court for my family and we value his friendship along with the friendship of his beautiful family.  It has been amazing to witness Chris’s success over the past 9 years through the power of recovery. He serves as a beacon of hope for those afflicted with the terrible disease of addiction.

God works in mysterious ways and little did I know that in the years to come I would lean on Chris and The Herren Project.  Addiction has no boundaries and unfortunately two of my nephews struggled with addiction in one form or another. My heart is full of love and gratitude for Chris and The Herren Project for the support given to us and our family through the years. I am grateful to say that today my nephews received treatment through THP and both are doing well and on their road to recovery.

Having been an avid runner for over 30 years, I was thrilled when I learned that THP started the THP RUNS initiative. This provided me a chance to give back by helping my loved ones and other families struggling with addiction, realize that anything is possible. Being affiliated with a dedicated and compassionate group of people who themselves have been affected in one way or another by substance abuse, who are now reaching out to help others, is inspiring to say the least. Thankfully, organizations like THP have given addiction a voice and people helped by THP, know that they are not alone.

This will be my 3rd race with THP, and although it will be challenging, knowing that the end result of my hard work is for THP and the families they support, I’m motivated and excited for the race, (and a bit nervous, of course). The NYCM is such an amazing stage to bring awareness to the disease of addiction. Knowing the impact it will have on other people’s lives, provides me with the strength, focus and desire to reach the finish line.

I will run this marathon one mile at a time, always moving forward, and remembering why I started…to help one person and one family at a time.

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Madison Lawson

I am 23, and just moved to NYC! My senior year of high school, Chris spoke to our school and his talk captivated me. I knew right then that I wanted to get involved. I was leaving for college soon, so honestly, at that point, I wasn’t sure how to get involved.

This past March, Dickinson Athletics sent an email letting us know that Chris Herren was coming to campus to speak. As an alumni, at that point, I took it as a sign to get involved, so I applied to run the NYC Marathon with The Herren Project!

As I get older, I have learned about how addiction has affected my family. My run is dedicated to the ones that I never got to meet.

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Amy Livermore

I’m so excited to be running my third marathon! I’m From Marblehead Massachusetts. This is my first NYC and I’m thrilled to be running for a cause so close to my heart. More than 5 years ago I got sober with the help of family and friends. Running became part of what put me back together.

It is through the love and support of people I have met along my journey that I enjoy a life second to none today.

The work THP does saves lives. Not just those who suffer addiction but entire families are put back together. Mine was. I hope by raising money and awareness we can do this for many more.

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Caitlin Martin

I am honored to be running the NYC marathon alongside this incredible team with The Herren Project!!  Currently 29 years old, I was born and raised in Lagrange, NY. Sure enough, I ventured an entire town over and as of a couple months ago, I am a home owner! I earned my undergrad and Masters from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and am the youngest of 4 kids, all one year apart.   I work in sales and do all branding and marketing for several companies. I have a handsome mini golden doodle named Nochi who is my partner in crime and training buddy.

I have been a part of numerous fundraisers over the years but The Herren Project is one that is very near and dear to my heart.  Watching a close family member struggle day in and day out with addiction is one of the most difficult things to go through and even harder to accept….It took a long time to realize that the only thing I can really do is be positive and supportive when in need.

I went back to school to get my CASAC certificate (certified alcohol substance abuse counselor), not necessarily so I could work in the field, but to understand from an educational point of view why this disease does what it does, and from an outside perspective, what could I do differently in my own life to help. Every day I see and feel the impact that addiction has on my family, so my goal when raising funds and promoting The Herren Project is to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and get the word out there to the community to drop the stigma associated with substance use disorder.

I am stoked to represent such a heart-filled organization and can’t wait to run alongside so many inspiring and passionate teammates on race day!

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Melissa Moeckel 

Having lost my younger brother, Christopher, to an overdose last spring, I became associated with the The Herren Project. Working with THP has enabled me to raise awareness of the terrible risks and loss associated with drug addictions as well as raise funds to support THP’s mission. Running in the NYC marathon allows me to have a platform to continue reach out to others as well as run in remembrance of Christopher.

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Rebecca Moxey

I grew up in a dysfunctional home, with a father who suffered from bipolar and addiction, ultimately taking his own life.  I saw violence and addiction, developed anxiety and PTSD, and had no coping skills. I self-medicated with alcohol, slowing spiraling out of control.

Fortunately, I found the will to live and sought treatment. While there, I started running and walking around the treatment center, instead of smoking in the corners.  I was weak as a kitten, but fierce with determination about taking it one day at a time for my life to continue and break the legacy.

I am now 11 years sober, and have regained my athletic self with triathlon training.  I have 2 older children who struggle, and I have to face those issues often. So these issues literally surround me from all corners.    I also suffer from lupus, and found a window of opportunity to train and try to achieve the Ironman distance.   I not only did it once, but twice.  The 2nd time I did the IM for the The Herren Project, and finally started sharing my story.  I never knew just by doing that I would find a family so genuine and accepting, that I finally could feel proud and more comfortable, not ashamed.   I have always loved to help people, and this felt so right to align and advocate with The Herren Project to continue sharing, so others can find the same path and know not only can we survive, but we can thrive too.  I am living proof.

I was so fortunate to meet Chris Herren at the finish of the 2016 Icebreaker Run.  I was blown away when I went to a church in Edenton, NC to hear him speak to the community there.  It fully confirmed to me, what I need to do…. run and advocate for THP!  The organization helps many, and I am in it full throttle as a new THP Ambassador to help spread the word of recovery to those who have lost hope.

I am running the NYC Marathon with The Herren Project for those who can’t, for those who want to, but don’t know how, and even more important….  I run to celebrate my own recovery.   For without this, I could help no one!

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Jenna Snyder

I’m a Pennsylvania native who recently relocated to Nashville, TN from New York City. For as long as I can remember, I hated running. But when I moved to New York and saw how expensive gym memberships were, I decided to give it a try, and quickly fell in love with it. In the past two years, I’ve run 4 half marathons but have yet run a full 26.2 miles.

In 2015, I stood on the side of 1st Avenue and watched my first New York City Marathon in. In 2016, I had the honor of witnessing my brother complete his first marathon from that same spot, which was a monumental moment for me. My brother ran the marathon after achieving only a few months of sobriety. The race was his personal way of motivating himself to stop his drug addiction. Seeing him achieve sobriety and finish the race in an impressive time were two things he never thought were possible. This year, I am running the 2017 NYC marathon as motivation to raise money for an organization that I feel deeply connected to.

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