2014 Team Revolution REPORT...

The season is officially started and we are excited to see how far we can push ourselves in our fitness journey.  This year at Kickoff, our turnout was smaller than usual due to scheduling conflicts, but it was a fun time nonetheless.  Athletes signed up for the different membership options :  First Team, Second Team, First Team Couple, Second Team Couple, Third Team, Family Team, and Revolution Kids. (For the full description of the membership options go HERE.) First team athletes are committing to a more aggressive training regime while Third Team athletes commit to training a minimum of  two times a week.  But all athletes share a common fitness goal of training for at least one race and crossing that finish line strong. As a mandate, all of our athletes are dedicated to racing for missions and most donate a minimum of $200 per year to our team owner, Bonders, which is a progressive Adventist young professionals ministry based in Michigan. Bonders plans mission trips and other mission projects with these funds – its current one being a team trip to the Amazon in Brazil this November.  Our team consists of athletes who are just kick-starting their lifestyle of fitness and others who are veterans in endurance sports and their goals push the apparent limit of the human potential.  It’s awesome. At the Kickoff, we distributed welcome packets, gave team updates, announced our season events, wrote out our season goals, took uniform sizes, took legit pictures at the TR Photo Booth (- thanks, David!), and of course, did some major carb-loading to prepare for a season of training. For our athletes who weren’t able to come, your welcome packets with all the info and some goodies will be mailed to you this week! ...

2013 SEASON CLOSER

This year, Team Revolution has a lot to be thankful for.  Our 47 athletes, mainly from Michigan but also across the country, participated in well over 100 races representing our team.  This amazing group of mission athletes consists of runners, cyclists, swimmers, and triathletes, and this year, we brought in over $10,000 in donations that will primarily go towards supporting our mission trip and our mission partner:  Amazon Lifesavers. In April, we had our Season Kick-off at the Adventist Community Service Center in Lansing, Michigan.  There was an optional group run, food, and a preview of what our year would look like.  We also encouraged our athletes to write out their fitness goals for the season.  We were excited to announce our title sponsor, Genstler Eye Center, and our other team sponsors, CAMPUS, Sterling State Bank, and ARISE/Lightbearers.  A huge thank you to these organizations for their support! Before the season began, Tennille Shin and Judy Ramos took a trip to Brazil to meet with the directors of Amazon Lifesavers, an Adventist ministry that reaches out to the river-dwellers living along the Amazon basin.  At the Kick-off, Tennille shared a mission report and the exciting details of our mission partnership.  Our team is planning to go on a mission trip to the Amazon next year during the week of Thanksgiving.  The goal of this trip is to provide physical and spiritual nourishment to those in need.  Here is a video tutorial they made from their trip. During our TR season, athletes proudly wore their uniforms at the races of their choice.  They also had the option of creating their own donation pages via our team website if they wanted to find race sponsors.  Throughout the season, we had team events ranging from training workshops to...

G-Eye Revolution

By: Dr. Arla Genstler Dr. Genstler and her team at Genstler Eye Center in Topeka, Kansas are the title sponsor of Team Revolution.  On October 21, she and many in her team organized and ran a race near the practice in an effort to support the Pletcher Family who lost wife and mom in a tragic car accident.  Here is their story: ——— It was a perfect fall day in Kansas.  I was actually supposed to be in Detroit running a half marathon with some of my Team Revolution compatriots, but due to a persistent ankle problem, my plans had been changed.  Earlier in the year, my business, Genstler Eye Center, had become the lead sponsor of Team Revolution.  So of course this meant that I needed to start running!!  Which I did and I loved it! I did great for some months and then for some unknown reason, my left ankle started giving me trouble.  I tried to ignore it.  In talking with my dear 90 yr old retired (at age 86) physician father, I mistakenly shared with him my ankle woes.  He said, “My dear, that is an easy problem to fix. Stop running!”  He reminded me that knees can be replaced, hips can be replaced but ankles can’t be replaced.  So with this new perspective, I backed off my running. But always wanting to stick to my word, I determined that I was going to do SOMETHING on Oct 21st, the race day.  I had not shared with my staff yet that we were sponsoring Team Revolution so I decided to challenge them to join me in a run on that day.  I offered to contribute $100 to our mission fund for each person that would run/walk/crawl/skip a 5K with me.  ...

The Lansing Legislator Triathlon Video...

David Shin and Israel Ramos do the Lansing Legislator in Sleepy...

Video: Tri To Finish Olympic Triathlon

On August 12, 2012, John, Tennille, and Judy ran their first olympic distance triathlon: 1500m swim/25mi bike/10k run.  Amazingly, each of them had terrific finishes, qualifying them for age group nationals!  The course was challenging with cold water temperatures, a highly technical bike course, and difficult hills on the run. The song: What If I Give All? is performed by Christian artist Naomi Jackson from Vida International.  When we first heard her sing it at LEADS in East Lansing, we thought it was a great match for Revolution: giving all to help...