Run The Year 2018 Teams

Completing 2018 Miles in 365 days

This year we have twenty one people forming six teams with the goal of each team completing 2018 miles by the end of the year. You can learn more about each team's members below.

Team 1 - One Breath at a Time

  1. Susan
    I’ve been a Respiratory Therapist in the home care setting for 12 years now. I truly enjoy interacting with, educating and encouraging my Respiratory clients about their oxygen and sleep apnea needs. This is my second year participating in the Run The Year challenge on one of the Running On Air's teams. I truly enjoy this challenge because it keeps me consistently thinking about ‘moving’ and staying active.
  2. Lynn
    Lynn was diagnosed with PCD at a young age. She has been active in outreach to patients and setting up forums for patients to connect. ​Lynn is a board member for the PCD Foundation and an employee, where she is the Executive Assistant and Clinical Centers Coordinator. This is Lynn's third year participating on one of Running On Air's teams in the Run The Year challenge. She was also on our Amerithon team
  3. Robyn
  4. Owen

Team 2 - Lung-evity

  1. Libby
    This is Libby, she's 24 with a 5 year old PCD'er (Ayla). Her journey started shortly after her daughter was born in respiratory distress. Ayla was suspected of PCD at less than a week old where she had an unconfirmed diagnosis at two weeks old, followed by an official diagnosis at three months old. Libby dedicates her time to improving her health to be a role model for her PCD'er. Libby works at Hillsdale Hospital on the Medical Surgical Unit as an RN. This is Libby's 3rd year as a Running On Air team member. She was on Running On Air's Amerithon team, which virtually crossed the US, 3,521 miles in about 6 months.
  2. Deb
    I am 56 years old and I celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary in October 2015. I have one son, who just blessed me with my 1st grandson. This is my 3rd year doing the Run The Year (RTY) challenge. I have never been an athlete. I started running in May of 2012, because my son moved to Richmond to be with his now wife. It was a great way to deal with stress. I ran my first 5 k on July 4, 2012, with 4 of my sons friends and I was hooked! I never believed I would be capable of running more than a 5k. I have run several 5k's , 10k's, 10 milers , 1/2 marathon' s and my first marathon was in Richmond 2014, with a wonderful person that I meet through the RTY challenge.
  3. Odessa

Team 3 - Breathless Inspiration

  1. Jim
    Jim Collins is a retired professor who runs to keep his COPD in check. He also writes, builds furniture and recently took up skateboarding to keep up with his grandchildren. This is Jim's second year on one of Running On Air's teams in the Run the Year challenge.
  2. Kristina
  3. Renee
    My name is Terry and I am the newest member of Team Inspiration×4. Being an oxygen wearing athlete has been quite a ride! Ironically, I was diagnosed with an interstitial lung disease secondary to Crohn's Disease while working in an acute care setting as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. I was also a college instructor in the same healthcare field. My goal is to bring awareness to rare respiratory disorders and autoimmune issues. I may not be fast but in the end I know I am blessed to be able to share this journey with others!
  4. Cadence

Team 4 - Just Breathe

  1. Sharon
  2. Rebecca
    This is Rebecca. At 34 years old, life has taken many twists and turns. Her journey with PCD began at birth, arriving 7 weeks early into the world. It would take 27 years, many doctors and many tests to get the proper diagnosis of PCD. She is had a double lung transplant on April 1, 2017. Rebecca enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and her two dogs. She is a Registered Nurse and currently works part-time. She works diligently to take care of her new lungs by working out. Rebecca was also a member of Running On Air's Run the Year team in 2017 and the Amerithon team which virtually crossed the US, 3,521 miles, in 6 months.
  3. Jordie

Team 5 - Breath Savers

  1. Liselotte
    My name is Lisa. I was born and raised in Sweden and moved to the US in my late 20’s. One of my favorite quotes is “Be the change you wish to see in the World” by Gandhi. I believe in taking all the chances that comes along. I am aware of how fragile Life can be, and how our Lifes can change in a split second. I believe everything in Life happens for a reason, even though sometimes we may not understand why, at that very moment. I started to love to run a couple of years ago. I decided it was time to set some goals and decided to train for a half-Marathon. It was such an amazing feeling crossing that finish-line reaching the goal. This will be my second year participating in Run the Year challenge. I am looking forward to this journey being part of this group. I am dedicating this to my friends who battled lung disease.
  2. Catherine
  3. Brenda

Team 6 - 

  1. Manda
  2. Mary
    Mary was diagnosed with PCD when she was 17. She was never much of a runner in school. One day in her 30's she decided she wanted to run. She started out just doing intervals for a minute at a time and worked her way up to running for 30 minutes and then moved on to running for 3-5 miles. PCD's constant infections took their toll though, and in 2002 Mary found herself no longer able to run miles at a time. Mary struggled for years, periodically trying the same method she'd used before to no avail. In 2014 Mary's doctor prescribed oxygen for exertion. This made a huge difference. With 40% lung capacity Mary still can't run for more than a minute at a time, but she refuses to give up. Mary founded Running On Air in October 2014 to help raise awareness of PCD, lung diseases and rare diseases. She has a goal of participating in a race in every state. This is Mary's third year participating in Run the Edge's Run the Year challenge. She is honored to be an ambassador for the Amerithon challenge. Her Amerithon team (three members of which are also doing the Run the Year challenge) finished their miles in early January. Mary hopes to complete the entire distance (3,521 miles) before the end of the year. She figures training for her first marathon will help get her there.
  3. Nevaeh
    The word I use to describe Nevaeh is FIERCE!!! Nevaeh is my little fighter. She had to fight her way into this world, and even today she fights to have her voice heard. The youngest of 4, she has had to learn the importance of self advocacy! She has embraced this opportunity to participate in this challenge. She is constantly on the go and has even added in extra time of the treadmill every day!