Inspiring Me to Work Hard – London Marathon 2015

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 23-01-2015-05-2008

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It’s never easy to wake up at 4:30am during the cold days of a Maine winter to do the prescribed training workout to get marathon ready. It’s dark, no one else is up, and you have to wonder why you’re doing what you’re doing. And then your community gets behind you and backs you and gives you that extra motivation you need to get out there and get it done. This week I’ve been really blessed to have the support of the Saco Veterinary Clinic and TD Bank generously sponsoring me, getting me much closer to my fundraising goal for Worldwide Cancer Research (https://www.justgiving.com/angela-coulombe). I also had an anonymous giver who rounded out my fundraising with another substantial contribution, was it coincidence they donated after my strong performance at the Jimmy the Greek Frozen 4 Miler (took first place for my age group and ran in 28:29 or 7:08 pace)? I guess I’ll never know, but one thing is for certain, when you have the support of local businesses behind you, and you have your family and friends believing in you and supporting you, it becomes a whole lot easier to get up at 4:30am to get it done!

My sincerest thanks go to the businesses listed below:


Saco Veterinary Clinic:
331 North Street, Saco Maine 04072
Tel: (207) 571-9580

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TD Bank

4 Scammon St, #6, Saco ME 04072
Tel: (207) 284-4711

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Thank you to the Saco, Maine Community!

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 08-01-2015-05-2008

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Giving thanks where thanks is due

As I recovered from Lyme disease in 2010 and ran my first marathon to raise awareness about the disease (NYC Marathon, Nov. 2010), I sort of caught the marathon bug. When you go from not being able to walk properly to being able to run a full marathon, you develop a sense of empowerment like no other. When I trained to run my second marathon, it was with the specific goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. It seemed like a lofty goal at the time, but with the help of some amazing friends and a very, very supportive family, the dream became a reality. It also fostered in me a desire to do what I now call “The Big 5 For Lyme”*, meaning, to run the 5 major marathons on the planet to raise awareness about Lyme disease whilst also supporting others along the way. I’ve worked hard, run three of the 5 and now am planning on running my fourth, the London Marathon, on April 26, 2015. But for this marathon, I’m really sticking my neck out by running for a charity, Worldwide Cancer Research, and vowing to raise $3200.00 for the charity. I’m doing this for many reasons, but mainly because my life has been hugely impacted by cancer; I’ve lost loved ones, watched my sister battle Lymphoma and tried as best as I could support a dear friend go through breast cancer treatment this summer/ autumn. Cancer truly touches all our lives and realizing how lucky I am to have recovered my health, I want to use it to help others in the same way that has been the most beneficial to me helping myself – by running.

I’ve never put myself in a position to directly ask for so many donations and sponsorships, and to be honest, the thought frightened me more than I dare say. But when you put yourself out there, when you ask, it is surprising how people and organizations will help. I’m am COMPLETELY HONOURED & HUMBLED  that several local, community businesses and organizations in Saco, Maine, where I reside, have sponsored me via a donation to Worldwide Cancer Research.

My sincerest thanks go to the businesses and organizations listed below:


Traditions Italian Family Restaurant:
162 Main Street, Saco, ME
Tel: (207) 282-6661

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Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery

100 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072
Tel: (207) 571-9648

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Norway Savings Bank

569 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
Tel: (207) 282-6121

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Bangor Savings Bank
270 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
Tel: (207) 282-9210

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Biddeford Saco Rotary Club
100 Main St, Saco, ME 04072

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Saco Biddeford Savings Bank
252 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072
Tel: (207) 284-4591
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Hannaford Supermarkets
532 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
Tel: (207) 282-4152
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Diversified Communications

121 Free St, Portland, ME 04101
Tel: (207) 842-5400

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* There were only 5 major marathons when I began this quest back in 2010. Those were New York City, Boston, Chicago, London and Berlin. Tokyo was added in 2013.