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 over 50 marathons and several half marathons as well as various trail races and relays. He is also an accomplished triathlete and two-time Ironman. Kerry became a coach for APLA’s marathon program in 2008 and has been the Director of Endurance Events since January 2009.
Jennifer Teufel, 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 three marathons, several half marathons and a century ride. She is currently training for Ironman Chattanooga and has already completed two half Ironman races.
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?
All events have different fundraising minimums that are outlined on each individual event page on this website.
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.
The Nautica Malibu Triathlon, with its spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the stunning coastline of the Pacific Ocean, is easily one of the most beautiful races in Southern California. This race is a favorite of amateur and professional athletes as well as Hollywood celebrities. (Complete beginner athletes are welcome!)
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T2 is headed back to Hawaii this December to take on the crown jewel of the XTERRA Trail Run Series at the majestic Kualoa Ranch on the northeastern side of the island of Oahu. This trail run offers a unique and rare opportunity for runners as the trails at Kualoa Ranch are normally closed to the public.
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.
T2 is heading back down south again this June to get muddy at the Camp Pendleton World Famous Mud Run! This extremely popular race is full of obstacles and lots of ways to get dirty on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base near San Diego on June 5th. It is perfect for athletes of all levels, from first timers to seasoned obstacle course racers. We’ll take on 10 kilometers of rugged terrain loaded with 15 obstacles to overcome. Our highly experienced coaches will teach you how to complete obstacles and practice climbing walls during our training sessions so that you show up ready for the challenge of race day.
All participants who reach the $750 minimum will receive eight weeks of strength and conditioning work outs (twice per week), guaranteed entry into the race on June 5th, T2 work out shirt and loads of race day fun. For those that want the upgraded fundraising package and agree to raise $1,000, dinner and a hotel the night before the race will be added into the mix.
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.