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Issue 1, October 2014
Upcoming Events

10/3-6/14, Athleta Friends and Family, 9 am-noon.  Must call store to RSVP.

10/8/14, JWS Night at Blue Moon (Wyckoff), 11:30 - 9:00 pm. See link below for voucher and more details.
Jersey Women Strong
Race Schedule

 

10/5/14, Richard's Run, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, 8:30 am
 

10/5/14, Helen Hayes 10K, West Haverstraw, NY, 9:30 am
 

10/12/14, Mickey Sullivan Duathlon, Pearl River, NY, 8:30 am
 

10/26/14, Perfect 10 Miler and 5K, Mercer County, NJ
 

10/26/14, USR Pink Passion 5K, Lions Memorial Park, USR, NJ, 8:00 am
 

11/8/14, American Brain Tumor Association 5K, Hudson River Walk Pier 84, 9:30 am, link will take you to our team page.
 

5/3/14, Waldwick 5K, Waldwick, NJ
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Blue Moon  Community Night

Please join us for our Jersey Women Strong Community Night for Oasis at Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, Wyckoff, Wednesday, October 8th, 11:30 am - 9:00 pm. Present this flyer when you dine at Blue Moon and 20% of you food and liquor bill (excluding tax and gratuity) will be donated to Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children. Good for Lunch, Dinner, Take Out and Delivery. Also applies to catering and gift cards.
Join Us for the Perfect 10!
 
The Perfect 10 Miler is not just a running event. It is a lifestyle event. It is your chance to celebrate with your family, with your girlfriends, with thousands of women from all over the nation. A chance to celebrate who you are inside and out. Choose either the 10 Mile or 5K options. We would love to have you join our team! Click here for more information.


Shopping Night Recap

A special thank you to our vendors and businesses who participated in our 2014 Shopping Night to Benefit Oasis The event was a huge success, and we raised close to $3000. We couldn't have done it without you!
 
Vendors

anJoGiCo Custom Creations, LLC
anjogico@gmail.com

Ava Anderson Non Toxic
veronica.siller@gmail.com

Beauty Counter
meghanconsoli@yahoo.com

Brinker’s Grapevine
brinkersgrapevine@gmail.com

Chloe + Isabel
dreid74@yahoo.com

Designs by Linz
ltruncale@gmail.com

Essential Oils

Form Thirty One
krugb04@yahoo.com

Granert Interior Planning & Design LLC
ligranert@aol.com

Hands n HeArt
kritorv@gmail.com

Initials, Inc.
designedbyyou2011@gmail.com

It Works!
trishcalabrese@gmail.com

J. Hilburn
cheliseashworth@gmail.com

Jacqueline Mae Designs, Inc
jackiemmead@yahoo.com

Jewel Kade
datrusso@gmail.com

Kristin Dahl Designs
kristin@kristin-dahl.com

Leapin’ Lizards
shopleapinlizards@gmail.com

Lia Sophia
geriigler@aol.com

Magical Memories by Michelle
michellegiampaglia@verizon.net

Mary Kay
annette4mk@gmail.com

Mudjestic Skincare
info@mudjestic.com

Nu-Skin Laser Solutions
info@nuskinlaser.com

One Body Matrix
arw4@optonline.net

Pampered Chef
alison49@msn.com

Purple Pebble
heather@purplepebble.com

Rodan + Fields
stacyj@s-raphael.com

Scentsy
ftlee4life@aol.com

South Hill Designs
kathy4jewels@gmail.com

Stella & Dot
cheliseashworth@gmail.com

Tastefully Simple
tsstacey31@verizon.net

Touchstone Crystal
gaeltpc@gmail.com

YPPEE
Leah@yppee.com

31
kristypio@yahoo.com

Jen Urana for Capello Salon
capello140@yahoo.com

 


Additional Tricky Tray Donations

Donna Bellofatto

Amy Cherin

Dana Anello White

Beth McGovern and Allison Collucci

Stacey Belhumer and Joan Luciano

Michelle Giampaglia

Susan Blog

Alex Pugliese

Natasha Chiavello

Mariquit Corcoran

Making Chocolate

Ethos Spa

Food Evolution

Athleta

Lukka Apparel

Mankind Studios

Dr. Jennifer Miano

Riff Raff Cookies
Coach's Corner
 
by Dana White

Welcome to the October 2014 edition of The Rundown. Our newsletter is an opportunity to share with you all that is Jersey Women Strong—events, success stories, helpful tips, race schedules, and anything we feel can help us continue to make a difference in the lives of others. This particular issue, the first for Jersey Women Strong, LLC, has, for many reasons both seen and unseen, been a long time in the making. It symbolizes a step forward for our members and our team. I hope you will take the opportunity to read and share it with your family and friends.

After a busy summer of training and racing, we wrapped up our Summer 2014 Season with a fantastic Shopping Night for Oasis at the home of team member Chris Batt. On a gorgeous August evening, we raised approximately $3000 for the TEEN (Teen Empowerment and Enrichment Network) Program, an afterschool resource program for girls ages 13 -18. We would like to extend a special thank our vendors and those who donated items to our Tricky Tray. Your continued efforts helped make this event a huge success. If you missed the evening, or didn’t get a chance to visit each table, we’ve listed both our vendors and those who donated items to our event in the side bar. Happy Shopping!

As we move into the fall season, our team has grown to over 125 members. Our network of talented, dedicated and inspiring women is endless—and so are our possibilities. Don’t wait until the new year to set new goals or change your future. Draw energy from those who surround you. Start being the person you want to be today. With each step, each minute, each mile, our team grows stronger to together, and I’m thankful to be able to share this journey with you!

 
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." --Marcel Proust


 
 

 

I am--

"One" to Remember


by Charlene Labenda
 
Each season we are reminded of safety tips while running: always carry your cell phone, run with a partner or group whenever possible, avoid using headphones and if you do, keep the volume low and one ear free, make eye contact with anyone you encounter. But how many of us remember and follow these easy tips each time we lace up our sneakers and head out the door for a run?  How many times do you need to squeeze in a long run and cannot find a teammate to hit the path with you? And, let’s face it, running is easier when you are distracted by something like music. So, those safety tips get easily forgotten. What we don’t see are the faces of the women who have headed out to the streets, a path or trail only to face the most horrific experience of their life and, sometimes, to never return.

We all know the story of the Central Park Jogger, where in 1989, 28 year old Trisha Meili was violently assaulted, raped and nearly beaten to death. One of 3,254 rapes reported in New York City that year, this crime incited public outrage because of the violent nature of the crime, the severity of the injuries which were expected to result in her death or at a minimum--coma and the publicity the attack received. Linda Yalem, a sophomore at the University of Buffalo, was jogging on a bike path in 1990 when she was attacked, raped and strangled to death.  Her murderer, who became known as the Bike Path Rapist, was not found until 2006 after he beat and murdered Joan Diver, a nurse, mother of four, and wife of a chemistry professor at UB. He is known to have murdered and/or raped at least four women and is believed to have raped 9-15 women and girls over a span of 25 years.  Stories like these touch us, stirring feelings of anger and sadness, but they are often not close enough to home to change the way we think.

Twenty-one years ago, I was a graduate student and lived in a small studio apartment in a quiet residential neighborhood in White Plains, New York. At the end of my street was an entrance to a bike path, which was widely used by walkers, runners, and bikers.  One beautiful autumn day, I arrived home from work, quickly changed and headed to the path for a walk before an evening of writing papers and completing projects.  I would be back in an hour.  One hour.  Thirty minutes out and thirty minutes back. That’s what it was supposed to be.

The bike path ran alongside the Bronx River Parkway, and at many points along the way, the space between was open and the road visible.  The sky was so clear and blue, and as I quickly walked, I soaked in the warmth of the sun against my cool cheeks.  I headed in the direction of the Westchester County Center, occasionally passing runners, walkers, and bikers. Most were alone, smiling or saying hello as they passed.  About a mile and half away from where I entered the path, I passed someone wearing a red baseball cap.  He, unlike the other people I had encountered, was dressed in street clothes and walked along casually, clearly not there for exercise. I felt slightly uneasy but continued along for about a quarter of a mile or so, then decided to turn and go home.
 
Rounding a bend in the path, I saw it again--the red baseball cap. Staying on my side of the path, I trudged forward picking up my pace, fully expecting him to stay on the other side. He did not. Within seconds he was in front of me, grabbing hold of my arm and holding a knife. Everything was suddenly wrong.  I was not in a part of the path where it was clear; instead there was a dense area of 7-8 foot, thick reeds to my left. There was no way to tell how far the road was from this point. No one was nearby. The man’s grip was tight, and the knife was close, as he forced me deep into the reeds. The only thing that came to my mind was “this is it.”  For nearly an hour, I did whatever I could to endure a series of brutal sexual assaults and multiple occurrences of rape. I fully expected my parents’ phone to ring days later only for them to receive news that my body was found.

Finally, my first opportunity to attempt to escape came when my attacker rested the knife on the ground behind him. My eyes were fixed upon it. Without hesitation, I reached for it, screamed as loud as possible and tried to jam the knife into his stomach and run. Yet it didn’t happen as I had hoped. He grabbed me, and I struggled to hold onto the knife, still yelling for help.  Someone called back.  A voice from the path.  But by then, his hand was over my mouth, the knife was against my throat, and he threatened to kill me if I made a sound. The person called out a few more times; then, it was silent again. What happened next left me with no hope at all.  He pulled out rope and tied my wrists and ankles then covered my mouth with duct tape and left me lying on the ground, broken, bruised and violated.
 
Luckily my story did not end the way many others have.  He told me not to move and said he would be right back then headed toward the direction of the voice I had heard only minutes earlier.  The path.  When I couldn’t see him through the tall reeds any longer, I reached down and managed to loosen the rope on my legs, yanked up my clothes, peeled off the tape and tried to run in the opposite direction, hoping to make it to the street. It seemed like an eternity as I stumbled every few feet not able to take a full stride. As the brush grew less dense, I caught a glimpse of the street and heard cars ahead of me. With only a few feet to freedom, I got tangled in thorn bushes, which tore the skin on my hands and face. But nothing stopped me from getting out to the shoulder, and there I stood, terrified and still bound, as three cars passed me without even slowing down. Then, in desperation, I moved to the center of the road, knowing the next car would either stop or kill me.

My plan worked. The next three cars pulled into the shoulder, and strangers jumped out of their cars to help. I shook uncontrollably, as they untied me and called 911. Shortly after, the police arrived, took a description of my assailant, and searched for the tape and other evidence. No more than twenty minutes passed when another patrol car picked him up less than a mile away and brought him back to the scene of the crime to be identified. My one hour walk turned into a 10 hour ordeal, involving police cars, the hospital, an examination to collect more evidence for the rape kit, and hours at the police station where I detailed the events in a 14 page statement. Within days, I had to recount this nightmare at a grand jury hearing.
  
My assailant was prosecuted, plead guilty and received the maximum sentence of 12-18 years in prison. All 18 years were served. He was never granted parole, and upon his release, he was deported. I was one of the lucky ones. My attacker was caught and locked up.  This should have brought a sense of relief, and in some ways, it did. But there is no way to describe how debilitating sexual assault is. It changes absolutely everything about how you think, feel and live. You become a statistic--the “one” in four women who is the victim of rape.
 
For eighteen years, I found a way to cope and manage it all.  I didn’t want this event to become my identity.  I wanted to protect myself and those close to me.  I disconnected and buried what I could. I pretended I wasn’t different.  Then three years ago, a friend asked me to join her new running team. It was laughable really because first, I didn’t run, and second, I had no idea if I could mentally and emotionally handle being on the Ridgewood Duck Pond path. After weeks of making excuses and saying no, I reluctantly said, “Fine, but I don’t run.” I doubted I would make it through the first week, much less the first season.  But I did.  And little by little, I got stronger. There have been many times on the path, where I have felt panicked by a sound, a movement, or someone too close. Often, I’ve wanted to give up and retreat to the comfort of the gym. But, without knowing it, my teammates kept me grounded and moving forward.  More importantly, by challenging myself to do what once seemed impossible, my perception of who I am has changed from that of a victim to a survivor. My life will never be the same as it was before October 11, 1993. But it is mine, and I am taking it back.

Dana White, our head coach, religiously reminds the group of safe practices for runners, and I am grateful that she does. Yet, I still feel an incredible sense of responsibility when one of my teammates runs alone. It has taken me three years (actually two decades) to gather enough courage to share my story and help everyone understand that one in four is a pretty big number, and although this particular type of attack may be less common, it happens. My attacker didn’t listen when I begged him to stop or pleaded with him to let me go. My voice was silenced. But this is my chance to make a difference in another woman’s life...and to be heard.
 
One in four. Don’t risk becoming the “one.” Each time you head out the door, hear my voice, see my face, remember my story--and always run safely.


 

 
Running Safety Tips

by Dana White
 
Each season, I share some very important information on running safety that I hope you will consider and implement. I know from personal experience that as we get more comfortable with exercising outdoors and in better shape, we also tend to feel more confident challenging ourselves with different runs, routes, paths, etc. Please remember to always keep your personal safety at the forefront of your running/biking plans. You should not be walking or running alone at the Duck Pond (or any off road area) if at all possible. It may appear safe, but the reality is, it’s safer to run with company.  Even on the main roads, I encourage you to run with a friend whenever possible. Jump into one of our many informal group runs, or set one up yourself! We have about 125 members on our our team--reach out and find a workout partner (with the added bonus of keeping yourself accountable).
 
Here are some simple safety strategies I’ve added to from an article at Road Runners Club of America:  
  • Carry your cell phone and ID.  I always wear a Road ID when biking or running.  I have the Wrist ID Slim and several team members have Shoe ID.  
  • Always let someone know where you are going. Apps such as Runmeter or Nike+ allow you to send mile updates to family and friends. (I use Runmeter on every run.)
  • Make eye contact with every person you pass.
  • Do not use headphones when running alone, and keep volume low even when running with others.
  • Stay in populated areas and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Change your route frequently. Map My Run is a great resource for this. You can find new routes right in your own neighborhood.
  • Carry a personal alarm or noisemaker.  Take a look at the Holla At Me Personal Alarm. I will work on a group discount if there is interest.
  • Trust your intuition.  If something feels wrong, assume it is.  Avoid any person or situation that makes you uncomfortable.  Immediately change direction and get to a safe place.
  • Practice memorizing license plates or identifying specific characteristics of others.
  • Wear reflective gear.
  • Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles.
  • Look both ways before crossing a road or intersection and make eye contact with the driver.
  • CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY if something happens to you or someone else, or if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

About the Coaches
 
Dana is a Certified Personal Trainer and USAT Level I Triathlon Coach. She has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years, and has competed in numerous triathlons and running events, including Ironman Lake Placid and the Boston, Chicago and Marine Corps Marathons.

Dana founded Jersey Women Strong, LLC to meet the needs of women looking for a fitness outlet as well as a way to give back to their communities. Many JWS team members compete in local races throughout the year, while some simply join to reap the benefits of exercising with like-minded individuals. The team offers weekly coached workouts, nutrition and fitness education, seminars and unlimited motivational support. Our training groups include: Walkers, Beginner 5K (walk to run), Faster 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Triathlon 
Jersey Women Strong is a health and fitness team for women, located primarily in the Northern New Jersey area. Our membership includes women of all ages and abilities, including those who have never run or exercised. We originally started the group in May of 2012. Over the past two years, membership has grown to over 100 members in the surrounding area.

Many of our team members compete in local races throughout the year, while some simply join to reap the benefits of exercising with other like-minded individuals. We offer weekly coached workouts, nutrition and fitness education, seminars, unlimited motivational support and perks from our sponsors. Our training groups include: Walkers, Beginner 5K (walk to run), Faster 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Triathlon.

Charitable outreach is an important tenet of our program. We've worked closely with local organizations such as Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children, Shelter Our Sisters and healingSPACE of the Bergen YWCA, and have raised thousands of dollars for these and other local groups and families. - See more at: http://www.cgiracing.com/perfect10miler/RUNAPERFECT10/JOINATEAMNOW/tabid/1308/agentType/View/TeamID/31/JERSEY-WOMEN-STRONG.aspx#sthash.Qc5zZswN.dpuf
Jersey Women Strong is a health and fitness team for women, located primarily in the Northern New Jersey area. Our membership includes women of all ages and abilities, including those who have never run or exercised. We originally started the group in May of 2012. Over the past two years, membership has grown to over 100 members in the surrounding area.

Many of our team members compete in local races throughout the year, while some simply join to reap the benefits of exercising with other like-minded individuals. We offer weekly coached workouts, nutrition and fitness education, seminars, unlimited motivational support and perks from our sponsors. Our training groups include: Walkers, Beginner 5K (walk to run), Faster 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Triathlon.

Charitable outreach is an important tenet of our program. We've worked closely with local organizations such as Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children, Shelter Our Sisters and healingSPACE of the Bergen YWCA, and have raised thousands of dollars for these and other local groups and families. - See more at: http://www.cgiracing.com/perfect10miler/RUNAPERFECT10/JOINATEAMNOW/tabid/1308/agentType/View/TeamID/31/JERSEY-WOMEN-STRONG.aspx#sthash.Qc5zZswN.dpuf
Jersey Women Strong is a health and fitness team for women, located primarily in the Northern New Jersey area. Our membership includes women of all ages and abilities, including those who have never run or exercised. We originally started the group in May of 2012. Over the past two years, membership has grown to over 100 members in the surrounding area.

Many of our team members compete in local races throughout the year, while some simply join to reap the benefits of exercising with other like-minded individuals. We offer weekly coached workouts, nutrition and fitness education, seminars, unlimited motivational support and perks from our sponsors. Our training groups include: Walkers, Beginner 5K (walk to run), Faster 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Triathlon.

Charitable outreach is an important tenet of our program. We've worked closely with local organizations such as Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children, Shelter Our Sisters and healingSPACE of the Bergen YWCA, and have raised thousands of dollars for these and other local groups and families. - See more at: http://www.cgiracing.com/perfect10miler/RUNAPERFECT10/JOINATEAMNOW/tabid/1308/agentType/View/TeamID/31/JERSEY-WOMEN-STRONG.aspx#sthash.Qc5zZswN.dpuf


Dana is a native of Buffalo, NY and a graduate of the University at Buffalo and Canisius College. When she's not coaching, she teaches Spinning, functional training and boot camp classes at several area facilities, and conducts one-on-one personal training sessions both in-home and in the community. She resides in Waldwick, NJ, with her husband, Paul, and two children.



Assistant Coach Jennifer Capuzzo is an experienced runner and triathlete, completing seven marathons, including Boston and Philadelphia, and two Half-Ironman triathlons.  As a Division I collegiate runner, Jennifer set four school records for Saint Peter’s College and was voted All-MAAC Conference twice.

Jennifer coached high school students for eight years in Old Tappan. Her cross-country and Spring track teams won numerous league and county titles and qualified for State Group Championships 5 times in 8 years. She has conducted tutorials for first-time triathletes and continues to consult and offer training advice with local multisport athletes.

Jennifer has worked with founder Dana White helping to plan training regimens and outline racing schedules. When she is not training for races, Jennifer teaches English at Demarest High School and is a freelance writer. She resides in Waldwick, New Jersey, with her husband, Paul, and two sons.

 

The Rundown Editor: Charlene Labenda

Jersey Women Strong, LLC
Phone Number:  (201) 560-8640
E-mail Address:  jerseywomenstrong@gmail.com


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