October 15, 2011

What a day

Just a quick update-

Lots of fun had today in Hartford, with team members running great times on a gorgeous fall day. I will send a recap of the event tomorrow from the road. But for now, here is how we did -

Team Petit Family Foundation Running Team: 3:20:45, dropping 16 minutes from last year's finish! Here is Caroline bringing it home and Meg showing her support for Hayley.

Team Hang Loose, in honor of the Petit Family Foundation: 4:33:08 - Nice work, with Bill coming all the way from Texas! Check out the Dartmouth Green bracelet for Hayley :)

Mike blew through the half in 1:26, a big PR...which kind of came back to bite him in the end, as his legs kind of packed it in on him. Mike toughed it out and still clocked a very quick time of
3:31. Nice work, bud! Had to do the before and after :)

Tara ran the 5k in 28:40 - nice work!

Sara ran the 5K and her cousin, Flo ran the 1/2 marathon and both did very well!

More photos to come later. Thanks to all that ran and all of those who sent their love and support. It was a great day!

Good luck to the Miss Porter's crew that is running in Newport tomorrow - be the change!


Waiting for the relay bus

Our trusty 4 and anchor legs, Tim and Caroline!

We are wearing Dartmouth Green

In honor of Hayley Petit, who would be celebrating her birthday today.

At the start!

And we're ready to go!

We are off!

We are all here and most are off and running! I toed the line with Mike before he shot out of a cannon, definitely after a fast marathon time. I just handed off to Meg, who will. Then pass off to Dave, who passes to Tim, who hands off the anchor stick to his daughter and speedster, Caroline. Should be great!!!

October 12, 2011

Harry doing big things in Holyoke

Harry has always been a motivated man, but he has taken his own ambitions to a whole different level - and brought a lot of folks with him.

Harry spent most of his life in Holyoke, MA, and knows how rough life can be in the city. Role models are hard to come by, and watching the local news can get even the most optimistic folks down. But, Harry is a different human being altogether, as in the ones that don't seem to come from planet earth. Harry is one of those people that will take any piece of positivity and own it, polish it, and share it with the world. It's been an honor to watch this young man grow into the man he is now. And it's no surprise he wants to put Holyoke on his back and show his hometown that you can, "Start small, dream big."

A few months back, Harry started a running group of his own. He wanted to inspire his fellow residents to get up and show Holyoke how get inspired, to make a difference. So, he reached out to a few friends and started running. Just like the saying, they started small with an eye on bigger goals. Harry made sure the running routes were marked, driving from street to street to put up directional signs. Slowly but surely the group got bigger and runs got longer, with Harry always leading the way but heading back to check on the entire group.

Fast forward to today, and the group is not only running, but thriving. The runs have gone from one day a week to two, with more and more people showing up as the weeks go by. Harry, always a competitor, makes sure to keep the juices flowing by encouraging team members to join local races to see what they are made of. This weekend, the group is going a bit further and running a 3.5 mile race around the Holyoke Reservoir. If I know Harry, he will get out quick to push himself, but always make sure he loops back around to get the whole crew through the course.

With a handful of local business signing on to help the group out with signs and shirts, I see Harry and the Holyoke crew inspiring their fellow citizens for years to come. I can't be more proud of Harry and all that he has done - he certainly embodies the PFF motto, "Be the change."

Proud of you, Harry!

Big weekend ahead for the PFFRT

The gun goes off at 8am this coming Saturday for the 2012 Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon and the Petit Family Foundation Running Team will have a HUGE group toeing the line. The Hartford race has always been a big turnout for our team, but this is set to the be the biggest in our short history. Here is what it looks like so far:

Hartford Marathon Relay:
2 teams of five runners ready to go

Hartford Marathon 5k:
5 runners so far with a few more likely

Hartford 1/2 Marathon:
2 runners

Hartford Marathon:
1 runner

In total, 17 team members of all ages will be on the line representing the PFFRT. It's an amazing to think about how far this small team has come. We even have a team member coming all the way from Texas to run. Way to go the extra distance, Bill!

Stay tuned for updates, results and pictures - it should be a great time!


PFFRT members run the Vermont 100 on 100...and win!

A few members of the Petit Family Foundation Running Team joined forces with a handful of other runners to take on the tough Vermont 100 on 100 race in August. The race, a 100 mile relay race on Route 100 in Vermont, is well known by distance runners as being a test of resolve and ones quadriceps. Mike and Brian decided to give it a go with fellow St. Lawrence University alumni to see what they were made of...and ended up winning the masters division!


The course is a brutal one, starting at the Trapp Family lodge in Stowe, winding up and over the Green Mountains, and finishes at the top of Mt. Killington. It is gorgeous, as well, with many stops along the White River to rest your sore legs. Each of us ran a 3 separate legs, usually around 2 hours apart, with a total average of 15 miles a piece. Mike and Brian's team finished 7th overall out of 107 teams with a time of 11 hours, 22 minutes and 55 seconds; that's 6:59 pace for 100 miles!

(Mike in the white with his hand on Brian)

It was an amazing time, and a timely one at that as much of Route 100 was impacted by Hurricane Irene a few weeks later. It is tough to look at the images of so much damage to a beautiful landscape we were just running through. Our thoughts are with all of those still affected by the storm.

Great day, great race, great to be part of the PFFRT!

October 3, 2011

Caroline off to a flying start

PFFRT member Caroline may be new to high school cross country, but she hasn't let that intimidate her. You see, Caroline is already a seasoned veteran, used to running in front of big crowds.

How, you ask? Simple - she has been the trusty anchor leg for the Petit Family Foundation Hartford marathon relay team anchor for the last two years. Caroline took on the pressure of finishing strong and has done so with speed and maturity beyond her years. She has signed up to take on the honors of the anchor for a third straight year and we can't wait to see what she is going to do.

Caroline hasn't shied away from older runners so far, as she has been right up in the front of the pack from the first race of the season. A consistent #1 for her team, Caroline can be found crossing the finish line in the top three in almost every race.

Fantastic running, Caroline!

PFFRT member is a Saint

I know, that's a pretty aggressive statement. However, Mike is literally a Saint, or at least a coach of a few lady Saints.

Coach Mike has his lady Saints cross country team running impressive times early in the season and looking to make a statement at the upcoming NCAA pre-regional meet. The St. Lawrence University XC women's team is familiar with the spotlight, as they climbed as high as #2 in the national in last year's polls. They roll into this year after winning the last TWO individual titles at the national meet.

Good luck in the rest of the season, Mike!

A former stand-out runner himself for SLU, Mike will be making his marathon debut in a few weeks in Hartford. While Mike thinks he is an old timer, we just think he's really fast. Good luck, Mikey!

PFF takes the title in....India?

Yep, that's right, India.

Team member Katie is currently in India and decided at the last minute to run the Shimla half marathon. In fact, she only found out about the race during a train ride from Delhi to Shimla on a Friday and registered the next morning. She laced up the sneaks, roudly donned the Petit Family Foundation Running Team shirt, and took off at the gun.

And then she won.

Yep, that's right. Katie covered the brutal, hilly course in just under two hours, even though it was at an average altitude of 2,200 feet. For her efforts, she took first place in the women's division.

Not. Too. Shabby.

Nice work, Katie!!!

Katie will also be running the New York City marathon, which is coming up in November. She is raising money along the way for the Petit Family Foundation, and doing and all around amazing job. Please help her reach her goal by donating here:


PFF Running team is wicked smaht

I am sure she doesn't want to be recognized publicly, but we have to point out the awesomeness that is Jacqueline. While she will not be running races with us in the near future, she will be in Amman, Jordan as part of the Fulbright grant she was awarded. How awesome is THAT?

High-five to you, Jacqueline!

She will be studying Arabic and conducting research on the institutional response to female domestic violence in Jordan. If you would like to follow along, check out her blog:

Way to go, Jacqueline, we are proud of you!

Lots of updates

Hello everyone-

We have been quiet for a while, but it's because we have been quite busy. Many of our team members have been hitting the road, running races, and really just doing a lot of pretty awesome stuff.

To start off, the Petit Family Foundation hosted the 4th annual Petit Family Foundation 5k in July. The turnout was incredible, the biggest to date. It's much more than just a 5k, so if you have not experienced the race yet, please make your way to next years event. You don't have to be a runner to attend, as there are many things to see and do. Check out the website here for more:

Check out these numbers...
Over 1000 at the pasta dinner the night before
Over 2100 runners
Over 1500 walkers
Netted over $100,000
RECORD turnout overall - 7000+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is pretty spectacular. Having run tons of 5ks, I can say with absolute certainty that I have never been to a 5k with those kinds of numbers.

The Petit Family Foundation has really got something going and it's incredible to be a part of and watch it happen.


July 11, 2011

Petit Family Foundation annual 5k coming up this weekend!

The fourth annual GE 5k Road Race to benefit the Petit Family Foundation will take place on July 17 at 9 a.m. at the GE facility at 41 Woodford Ave. in Plainville, with registration from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
In addition to the 5k road race, there is also a Fitness Walk for non-runners and a Kids Fun Run so the youngest members of the community can be involved. For those eight years old and younger, the Kids Fun Run (with a special "prize" for all participants) will be held at 8:30 a.m. The 5k and fitness walk will start promptly following the kids run at 9 a.m.
Again this year, the fun will begin on July 16, the Saturday before the race, in front of GE's Plainville facility, the race's Title Sponsor. For those who have registered by the 15th, pre-registration pickup will be available from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Runners and walkers can come to the race site to pick up their bibs (with B-tags for runners this year) and tee shirts on Saturday to avoid common "race day lines." Again this year, there is a pasta dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday the 16 at the GE grounds. Adult tickets are $5 and children 12 and under are free. WDRC-FM's Jerry Kristafer will be there to MC, and live music will be performed by the Key West Trio Band in addition to a variety of other fun events and door prizes.
Other activities planned for the day of the race include food and beverages, a massage tent, and appearances by the Stanley Sprint Cup race car, New Britain Rock Cats' mascot "Rocky" and more. There will also be a drawing for six great raffle prizes. Tickets for the raffle are available now and can be purchased the day before during registration pickup, at the pasta dinner, or on Sunday up until the drawing time of 9 a.m. WDRC-FM's Jerry Kristafer will be back on Sunday as well as weekend morning anchor Kerri-Lee Mayland from presenting Sponsor, NBC Connecticut.

The GE Road Race is a fund raiser for the Petit Family Foundation and is made possible thanks to the generosity of many corporate sponsors, but just as importantly, it is an event intended to be one that brings people together for an exceptional weekend of community spirit and positive energy to honor both the memory and spirit of Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela Petit. Visit the race website to register and for additional information at www.PetitRoadRace.com. The Petit Family Foundation was set up in the wake of the senseless tragedy of 2007 that took the lives of Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela Petit. The Foundation's mission is to honor the kindness, activism, and idealism that were personified in these three women. The Foundation uses its funds to foster education, especially for women in the sciences; improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence against women.

Text written by:
Hayley Hovhanessian, Petit Family Foundation

Side note: The PFFRT will have a table, so if you are planning to run, stop by and say hello...or join us!

PFFRT extends its reach to the North Country

The PFFRT's reach seems to be growing. Check out this picture from the recent St. Lawrence University Alumni Athletics golf tournament. That logo in the right hand corner looks familiar...
While this team isn't partial to any institution, it has to be said:



That wasn't a lot of fun...

What a 4.5 mile tempo run looks like in 85 degree heat and 70% humidity. I think I am going to need a gallon of Gatorade after that one...wow.

I hope the training pays off - big Petit Family Foundation 5k coming up in a few days!

Great run by Mike at the Utica Boilermaker 15k

Anyone who has run the Utica Boilermaker 15k knows it is not an easy race. Throw in 11,000+ runners on a narrow road to start, July heat/humidity and, well...let's just say it's an experience. With an eye on the 2011 ING Hartford Marathon, Mike set out to see what he could do with the work he has put in over the last few months...

9.3 miles and 61 minutes later, Mike hit the tape. I would say he is well on his way to a quick marathon debut in October.

Nice job, Mike - #416 out of 11,060 runners - not bad for an old man!

Big award for PFF running team member

Just an update on the success off the course of one our runners, Harry. He received the award in front of 2,700 fans at a recent Holyoke Blue Sox baseball game.

Harry is coming off a stellar football career , where he was named first team collegiate All-American.

Also, Harry has started a local running group to inspire folks in his home town to get in shape. Quite an inspiration young man, to say the least.

We are proud of you, Harry!

Another big day for Spencer

Spencer had another big day on the bike, competing in a stage race time trial in Bend, OR this past Saturday. Way to represent the west coast for the Petit Family Foundation running team, Spencer!

June 27, 2011

The PFFRT in Ireland

Thought I would post this - Taken in Ballydavid, Ireland this past week. I recently had surgery, so I couldn't run, but did a fair amount of walking along the cliffs. I, of course, was wearing my PFFRT shoes :)

What a ride for Spencer, our resident PFF Cyclist!

The Oregon State Time Trial Championship was held on Sunday, June 12th, in Corvallis, OR. The course was pancake flat...20k out and 20k back for a total of 40k. Time trials are considered the race of truth because it's simply you against the clock, no drafting, no peloton's, just an open road and a high heart rate. Like a marathon a 40k TT is won in the last part of the race. The key is to set a steady tempo and then crank it up above LT for as long as you can hold on. I ended up being 3rd overall for Cat 3's in Oregon, being beat by two guys who are on the verge of upgrading to Cat 2's. While being able to sustain an average heart rate of 175 for 55minutes this type of race is my strength in comparison to criteriums or road races. This is why at the end of the year I'm shifting over to running which will ultimately lead to tri's. I am excited to be a part of PFF -West Coast!
Hope to meet you all soon!


Nice job, Spence! Great shirt!

April 21, 2011

Congratulations to Diane from New Mexico for winning the Outer Banks vacation drawing through Brian's Run for the Petits!

Congrats, Diane!

April 19, 2011

Boston Marathon

It was a spectacular day to run 26.2 miles from Hopkington to Boylston Street during the . We had three team members on the course, and all ran great times. Garrett paced the group with a 3:08 finish, followed by Katie in a 3:26 and finishing up with Brian at 3:32. Good job to all that ran and the many team and family members who were in attendance to cheer.!

March 1, 2011

Daisies Bloom in Hyannis Snow

I've been running since high school, when the Miss Porter's cross country team began to make a name for themselves and moved away from the generalizations of an all-girls' team. Our coach, Asha, penned us the name "Green Machine" for our ability to plow through the crowd and make last-minute dashes and passes to the finish line. Every member of the team felt the exhilaration of beginning a race, our hearts pounding furiously and our spindly legs shivering out in the middle of a New England field. We were literally unstoppable.

After Porter's, I continued to run. Running served as a constant and dependable outlet in the midst of an ever-changing life; college, boyfriends, break-ups, apartments, jobs, no job...running was with me through it all. Even after adopting my dog Oregon, I was determined to make her a runner like myself, so that we could share in the temporary bliss together.

As Hayley would know and was a humble torch-bearer of it herself, Miss Porter's girls have an innate "Can Do" mentality. They are not necessarily super-human, but no amount of nervousness or jitters gets in the way of a Fighting Daisy. She is graceful, yet strong. Supportive of her teammates, yet fierce on the field.

With the desire to rediscover these qualities in my life, I was immediately drawn to the Petit Family Foundation running team. Within minutes of sending an email expressing my interest in joining the team, I was pulled back to my roots as a Porter's girl, with a steadfast community of high school friends (among new friends) who quickly rallied together for something much greater than themselves. This time, it wasn't school pride that kept us training well and hard into the winter months; rather, it was our desire to do something more, to contribute to Hayley's and her family's continuing legacy that had a simple yet ambitious and heart-filled aim: to make the world a better place.

On Sunday, the Hyannis Half Marathon was filled with a mix of snow, sleet, rain and emotions. For me, it was truly a sight. We had all come so far in our lives up to that point- we all graduated from college, now with steady jobs and somewhat steady incomes; we are all a little bit taller and a little bit wiser. However, we had not forgotten where we came from and where we were going. We were Fighting Daisies through and through, and we were all there to bring grace, strength and support through the consistency and resilience of our steps in order to celebrate the life and mission of a very beautiful family that had touched all of us in one way or another.

After Hyannis, we can all safely say that we are looking forward to many more races to come. We are only at the beginning of an exciting and unending mission to be the change.


Interested in donating to the Petit Family Foundation? Visit our fund raising page: http://www.crowdrise.com/daisiesrunforthepetits

February 27, 2011

Some of the PFF running team post race. It was a cold one put there today, with a little snow mixed in to remind us that wired is still around. Nothing dampened our spirits, though. It was an amazing experience, with 11 team members running. Can't wait for the next race!
Some of the Miss Porters women set to run the 1/2 marathon. Go Daisies!
The PFF running team mobile!
Here we go!
9am, raining and snow on the ground holding at 32 degrees...woo!!! 1
hr to the start, here we go!!!!

February 26, 2011

A few signs for the course :) hopefully we can get them out in the morning in time!
Pre-race dinner, loading up before we hit the road tomorrow. Lots of talk about the Petit Family and how proud and honored we all are to be part of such an amazing movement.
A little blurry, but we just stopped in at the convention center to pick up our race numbers. This always seems to be the point where the nervousness sets in. We all are really excited to get out on the road and start running. It feels great to know there will be so many of us for the first time.
Follow along as we post more info.
Be the change!
-PFF running team

February 25, 2011

Thank you

Thank you very much to the entire PFF Team for going out on a raw day to run. I know Hayley would have loved it, Jennifer would have organized refreshments, and Michaela would have been hoping to stay home and cook with her great-grandmother. :O)
Run well and stay safe.
God bless you all,
Dr. Bill P


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PFF flare for this weekends big race. Keep posted for updates.
Team member Doc Hetzel sporting his new shirt!
A quick hello with team member Korin in NYC!

January 20, 2011

Printing without permission!

hahaha BRIAN!! I certainly have never seen that picture before nor do I remember being asked if I minded for the world to see it!

But I did happily sport the PFF attire for the 2nd leg of that horrendously arduous race last summer in VT!! To give you an idea Brian screamed when I showed him the elevation change of his routes...haha!

Otherwise I am in super cross training mode -- with this remarkable New England weather we have I've taken to skiing, swimming and indoor soccer way more than outdoor runs. Or treadmills. Yuck. But planning to beef up the mileage next month so I can be ready for the Hyannis Relay! Hope you all are enjoying your training as well! Looking forward to meeting most of you down on the Cape!