THE T2 TEAM
Kerry Quakenbush, Director of Endurance Events - Kerry has been involved with APLA’s endurance event training program since 2003 and has completed 47 marathons and several half marathons as well as various trail races, relays, and one full IronMan. Kerry became a coach for APLA’s marathon program in 2008 and has been the Director of Endurance Events since January 2009.
Jennifer Martincavage, Team Manager - Jennifer has been working in the non-profit sector since 2011, and she joined T2 in October of 2014. She really enjoys the challenge and rewards that endurance events and fundraising provide. A dedicated athlete, Jennifer has finished two marathons, several half marathons and a century ride. She just completed her second half IronMan in August 2014 and is currently training for IronMan Coeur d'Alene.
T2 TRAINING PROGRAM
APLA’s endurance event training programs have been training people to complete endurance events since 1998. We train first-timers, experienced athletes, and everyone in between. We offer a customized comprehensive training program for your individual fitness level. You’ll train and improve as you move through the program by working with peers in a group that shares the same fitness level as you. T2’s training programs include:
Many people who join one of our programs have never been active before, and 98% of these individuals actually finish their race because they follow the instruction of T2’s expert coaching staff. Also, many of our first timers are a bit nervous when they first join the program, but they quickly learn that our entire staff is here to help everyone succeed. The nervousness goes away very quickly when one sees the incredible support of staff and other T2 participants.
The funds you raise benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the nation’s largest AIDS service organizations, which offers direct care to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, HIV prevention and testing, and vigorous advocacy on HIV/AIDS-related public policy issues. With the help of T2’s fundraising team, you’ll meet and exceed your fundraising goal. We will help you every step of the way!
How much money do I need to raise?
There are fundraising minimums associated with each T2 training program:
But don’t stop there! The “5K Club” is a T2 program that is open to all participants. The goal of this program is to get each athlete to try and raise $5,000 for APLA during their training. Special incentives will be granted to people who reach this goal. There is no penalty if you do not raise $5,000, but T2 hopes that everyone will join this incentive program and at least try to hit $5,000. Every member of the 5K Club will have this special badge added to their fundraising page.
How do I raise money?
We’ll teach you how. Our T2 staff is trained to support you in your fundraising efforts. Each staff member and many of the coaches have raised thousands of dollars as participants in this program. We offer many tools, including:
Where will the money I raise go?
The money you raise stays local, helping people in your community. Your fundraising dollars will provide food, housing assistance, in-home care, dental services, and much more to thousands of low-income people who rely on APLA for these essentials. The donations you collect will also support APLA’s HIV prevention network — the largest of its kind in L.A. County — that aims to stop the epidemic where it hits hardest. You’ll provide care, comfort, and so much more to Angelenos who are affected by HIV/AIDS.
Why do I need to raise money?
T2 is both a training and fundraising program, and each holds equal importance. In order to provide you with a comprehensive training program to prepare you for your event, we must raise the money required to pay for all the services you will receive to meet your fundraising and training goals. Once you register and begin your T2 journey, you will begin to see the many services and support features we offer as part of this program. And you’ll hear from clients at APLA — whose lives you’re changing through your efforts. We keep our costs low, so the most amount of money goes to fund the fight against AIDS.
What happens if I don’t raise the money?
We will work with you in every way possible to help you raise the money required by your event’s fundraising deadline. Ensuring that you meet your fundraising goals is one of our top priorities! We have a convenient structure in place for you to place any outstanding balance on a debit/credit card. Then, you will have up to three months after your chosen event to raise this balance, and we’ll credit back your account for what you raise up to the amount that you were charged. With the support of our fundraising team and tools, you’ll easily meet — and even exceed — your fundraising goal.
2015 LA MARATHON
TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) is proud to be once again an official charity of the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon! In 2014, the TEAM raised $182,000 for AIDS Project Los Angeles while bringing awareness to APLA and the services the agency provides to roughly 10,000 APLA clients each year. T2 is one of the largest official charities of the LA Marathon, and in 2015 we aim to be the biggest fundraising group. Please join us as we run through the streets of LA, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica on race day, which is March 15, 2015. If you enjoy running as much as we do, then you have to be a part of your hometown marathon!
JOLLY ST. KNICKERS RUN
Bare your frankincense and myrrh and join us for the third annual Jolly St. Knickers Run through West Hollywood to support AIDS Project Los Angeles as well as the Pendleton/Goldman PrEP Program and medical, dental, and behavioral health care services offered through APLA Health & Wellness. We want to find out who’s naughty AND nice!
T2 Los Angeles will be returning to Hawaii this December for our third year of participation in the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship (Trail Half Marathon). If you haven’t done an XTERRA race before, you are in for a dynamic run that is challenging, but loads of fun. Training begins July 26, 2014. Race day is December 7. Please don’t be intimidated by the name because this race is for everyone, even first time trail runners. The XTERRA Trail Running World Championship course winds its way through the beautiful scenery of the North Shore of Hawaii at Kualoa Ranch, complete with steep hills, streams and narrow paths. You’ll cross the finish line a little dirty, but you’ll have a smile on your face a mile wide.
Watch this video and get inspired (and look for T2 as well).
T2 INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE
Many T2 participants choose to do an endurance event that falls outside of the regular yearly T2 lineup. These T2 Ambassadors represent us while raising funds for APLA. Additionally, from time to time we get a few entries for sold out races (such as the TCS New York Marathon, the Chicago Marathon or the London Marathon) that are granted to athletes in exchange for fundraising. Members of this special group are part of the T2 Individual Challenge. If you would like to be a part of T2 while training on your own or for a special race that you have chosen, please email us at email@example.com. The options for race types and locations are endless, so let us know how we can help you get a race set up on your calendar and how you can represent T2 and APLA.
Because our T2 Camp Pendleton World Famous Mud Run team had such an amazing time last June, we’re heading back down south to get dirty again in 2015. This extremely popular race complete with obstacles and lots of ways to get muddy takes place on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base near San Diego on June 7. Boot camp style strength and conditioning training to prepare for this race will take place twice a week beginning on Saturday, April 4.
And MUCH MORE!
2015 ATHENS MARATHON
T2 runners are headed to Athens, Greece in November of 2015! A little history:
Pheidippides (530 BC-490 BC) of ancient Greece is said to have run from Marathon to Athens to deliver news of a military victory against the Persians. The traditional story relates that Pheidippides, an Athenian herald or hemerodrome (translated as “professional-running courier”), was sent to Sparta to request help when the Persians landed at Marathon, Greece. He ran about 150 miles in two days. He then ran the 25 miles from the battlefield near Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over Persia in the Battle of Marathon (490 BC) with the word νικῶμεν (nikomen) which translates to “we have won”. He then collapsed and died. Oops!
In 1896, the modern marathon came to life as an event at the Olympic games in Athens, Greece, and the original course from the city of Marathon to Athens was used. That course, which ends in the amazingly beautiful Panathenaic Stadium (made of pure marble) is still used each November for the Athens Authentic Marathon. This classic race will take place November 8, 2015, and T2 is going to be there with a group of its finest charity marathoners.
If you are interested in hearing more about this amazing running opportunity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space in this program is extremely limited.
All fitness levels are welcome in our program, and many of our participants are complete beginners when they sign up! Join our family of dedicated coaches, experienced staff, and supportive teammates, and sign up now for the experience of a lifetime.
Are you interested in hearing more about TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) and our endurance event training programs? We’d love to talk to you! Please fill out an online response form or call 213.201.1400, and a T2 Team Manager will get in touch with you right away. You can also email us at T2EA@apla.org.
We’re here to answer your questions and give you info on how you can become part of T2. One of our Team Managers can meet with you one-on-one or in a group setting with friends, coworkers or other interested people.