Please meet our 2014 TEAM TMC Racers! Thank you for your financial, cheer and prayer support! We encourage you to read through each of our team members and learn more about their respective race and why they have chosen to race for Teen Mother Choices. Support the racer of your choice by selecting the “Support” button near the racer’s bio.
Midlands Ultra Triathlon, South Africa - March 2, 2014
About Me: Hi! I’m Courtney. I live and work in Rwanda, Africa doing economic development as missions. I have done three shorter triathlons in the past and decided this year to push my endurance and train to complete a half ironman (1.2 swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run). I’m raising money for TMC because I love their ministry! My goal is to raise $1,000 for TMC.
Please Pray For: Safety while training in Rwanda and that I’ll be able to complete the course within 7 hours.
Completed Races – Yes, you can still donate!!
About Me: I am celebrating my 14th year working at TMC and my 6th year of raising financial support through TEAM TMC. I love to race and cheer on others who race locally as it is such an encouraging environment like the one TMC provides for young mothers.
My Goals: I am planning to do another open water Triathlon at an Olympic distance. To me, Olympic distance is my ’marathon’ so to speak. I would like to raise $1500 and would encourage my friends, family and other TMC supporters who have not yet joined our team to do so through racing, praying or financially supporting TMC. I race for TMC because I have seen first-hand the ways God transforms our young families’ lives from one of loneliness and dependence into mature, confident and often times God-honoring families that are self-reliant and contribute to their community.
Please Pray For: Time to train, the discipline needed to prepare, and the physical health needed to cross the finish line. Thank you!
Prairie State Half Marathon – October 12, 2013
About Me: I will be running the Prairie State Half Marathon with TMC Alumna, Linda Crump! I have run for TEAM TMC for the past 3 years, doing 2 marathons and one half marathon. It has been exciting to see TEAM TMC grow and become one of TMC’s largest fundraisers! It has been tons of fun to train with others who love to run and share my desire to help teen mothers and their children. My goal is to continue raising awareness through TEAM TMC
My Goals: I am doing this because I believe in what TMC is doing for teen mothers and their children. With the help of TMC and their mentors, these young mothers become mature and confident young women, who are self-reliant and contribute to their community.
Please Pray For: Faithfully following the training program, to be an encouragement to other members of TEAM TMC and for physical health as I begin my training in early June.
About Me: Hi my name is Linda, I am a TMC alumna, and I will be running my first half-marathon this year. This will be my second year running for Team TMC and I am loving every minute of it! Last year I ran a 5k for Team TMC and I’ve decided it’s time to step it up. I will be running the Prairie State half-marathon with Linda Carol this fall. I started dedicating more time to my health and fitness on Jan 2, 2012 and I am going strong. Running has become a passion and I desire to continue to give back to TMC by raising funds through Team TMC. I cannot thank TMC enough for all they have done for me. It brings me great pleasure to be able to have the opportunity to support other young mothers.
My Goals: I race for Team TMC because I believe in their mission and through their mentoring and life skill workshops, they helped me become a better mother. My goals are to inspire others to run for Team TMC and to raise $1000 for young mothers and their children.
Please Pray For: for strength and discipline.
Lake Villa, IL
Bank of America Chicago Marathon - October 13, 2013
About Me: This is my second year racing for TMC. I believe in what TMC is doing and I want to help raise support and awareness of TMC. This year I am hoping to reach my goal of $1500 to help the TMC ministry.
Please Pray For: An injury free training season and good health at the time of the marathon.
Des Plaines, IL
Prairie State Half Marathon – October 12, 2013
About Me: I will be running the Prairie State Half Marathon with three other Team TMC runners. This is my second year running for Team TMC – last year I ran two half marathons within a week. Earlier this spring I ran a 5K with Odalys, the teen mom I am mentoring.
My Goals: I am running another race for Team TMC because I believe in this organization! Through my work ans a mentor – Life skill workshops, training and ongoing interactions with Odalys – I see how this program can make a profound impact on TMC moms’ lives. I appreciate the opportunity to share Jesus’ love through practical means that make a big difference to Odalys and her son.
Please Pray For: Continued health as I train for this race. Also, please pray for God to open doors for mentors to share their faith with TMC moms at all the sites.
About Me: I have never been in any race before – this is my very first! I am a bank Vice President, a wife to a Green Bay Packer fan husband, a step-mom to three loving and happy children, and mom to one spoiled bulldog, Nixon. I volunteer for several important causes and want to help raise support and awareness of Teen Mother Choices.
Please Pray For: For blessings received and the worthy cause of Teen Mother Choices.
Kendall Point & Devin Gaines
Round Lake Beach, IL
Barrington Mother’s Day 5K - May 12, 2013
Richardson’s Corn Maze 5K - October 20, 2013
About Me: Hi, my name is Devin and I’m 15 years old. My mom was a teen mom and we were in the TMC program when I was 4 years old. I am a football player and baseball player and began High School this year. Last year my mom and I raced in the 5K Corn Maze at Richardson’s Farm. We also completed a 5K Shamrock Shuffle in March and look forward to racing again for the organization that helped us so long ago. Thanks so much for your support.
About me: I am running the Gurnee Days 10k race to support a wonderful ministry that models Jesus’ commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
Goal: To bring glory to the kingdom and strive to become more like Him in all I do.
Please Pray For: That I will run to You, to Your words of truth. Not by might, not by power – but by the spirit of God. Yes I will run the race ’till I see Your face. Oh let me live in the glory of Your grace.
Prairie State Half Marathon in Libertyville – October 12, 2013
About Me: I want to lose weight, stay fit and raise $750 for TMC by participating in the Prairie State Half Marathon.
Please Pray For: Good health during training; I’ve had running related injuries in the past.
Beach Park, IL
Turkey Trot in Gurnee – November 28, 2013
About Me: Hello! I recently began running for health reasons, and have come to love it. I am running in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day for Team TMC because I want to support TMC, as well as, bring more awareness to this wonderful organization and all that it does for young moms and their kids.
Please Pray For: Good health and endurance for me as I continue to train for this (my second 5K ever!)
Morton Grove, IL
Bank of America Chicago Marathon – October 13, 2013
About Me:I was a teen mom once too, about 25 years ago now! It was hard at times, frightening and overwhelming, but wonderful too; my kids changed my life for the better. Although we had so many struggles we made it through and today I’m a successful mom of two good, solid young men, ages 24 and 20. I was lucky to have family that helped me because there were really no programs back then like this one.
I started running a couple years ago, having never run in my life and have now gone on to events and races. Michelle Foster, who already does this, steered me to TMC. I admire her and her drive and am so grateful that God put her in my life in this way. Teen Mother Choices is near and dear to me and to help raise money in this way is truly a dream for me.
Please Pray For: All the young moms, may they know their struggles are worth it! And for me, the strength and drive to run and help TMC!
About Me:I started running last year to improve my heath and also thought about running to raise fund to support a ministry. And that’s when I chose Teen Mother Choices because I believe in their ministry to help teen mothers to become self-reliant and matured individuals so that they could take care of their child/children.
My goal is to run at the Richardson’s World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K on October 20, 2013 and raise $300 and also to encourage my family and friends to support TMC’s mission by either praying for the teen moms and their children and or donate money to the ministry.
Please Pray For: Please pray for physical health, injury-free training days and endurance to finish the race.
- JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge – May 23
- Arlington Heights Stampede – July 7
- Gurnee days 10K - August 11
- Discover 5 K Run – August 21
- Buffalo Grove Stampede – September 1
- Pumpkin Stampede – October 13
- Richardson’s World Largest Corn Maze 5K – October 20
About Me: This is my first year running for Team TMC. I wanted to do all that I can to assist Teen Mother Choices this summer, so I have selected several races that will together allow me to run a Marathon.
My Goal: My goal is to raise $100 for TMC per mile that I run this summer or $2,600.
Please Pray For: Many giving hearts and that I’d have the strength to finish the races this summer.
Racine Ironman 70.3- July 21, 2013
About Me: I am racing to bring awareness and support to Teen Mother Choices, which disciples teen mothers and equips them with life skills to guide them to a productive life with their child. I have several triathlons planned for 2013, with Racine 70.3 being the capstone.
My Goal: I would like to raise at least $1,500 for TMC in my training/racing endeavor for 2013.
Please Pray For: I ask that you prayerfully consider what you can offer to support the TMC cause, knowing that your funds will go to help a teenage mother and her child know that they are loved. I also ask for prayers for dedication to my training regimen, and many, many injury free miles.
Beach Park, IL
Richardson’s World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K – October 20, 2013
About Me: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” I am thankful to GOD for the talents and abilities that HE has blessed me with and the only way I can show HIM my appreciation is paying it forward. I was asked to be TMC’s Financial Management Counselor in Gurnee last year where I have gotten to know these young ladies so I would like to do more for them by becoming a member of TEAM TMC.
My Goal: I am not a runner; this is the very first time that I will be participating in something like this. I am sure I can walk 5K so I am planning to raise at least $300 on this race.
Please Pray For: Please pray that I will have the strength, endurance and energy to complete this race. I am diabetic but I am sure GOD will see me through this – HE always has in the past.
About Me: Hi! My name is Gabby Struik and I will be running the Twilight Shuffle with my dad again this year. I am 15 years old and a freshman in high school. In addition to running, I also play tennis and soccer. My mom has volunteered for TMC since 2005 and I have just started to help out at some of the fundraisers with my friends. This is an amazing organization and I am proud to be part of Team TMC.
Please Pray For: For more people to learn about this wonderful program!
About Us: We will be running the Battle of the Badge 5K. This is Odalys’ first race, and Michelle’s second 5K. Last year, Michelle ran two half marathons for Team TMC.
We run for Team TMC because we appreciate the ministry and its efforts to help teen mothers improve their lives and the lives of their children. Odalys is in the TMC program in Arlington Heights. She recently completed her GED and is nearly finished with her first class at Harper College, with plans to take more in the summer and fall. Michelle is her mentor, and was a teen mom herself.
We appreciate the effort made by all TMC staff and volunteers, and we run to show that we are grateful, to increase awareness of the ministry and to encourage more people to support TMC financially.
Please Pray For: Please pray for us as we train. Also, please pray for Odalys and her son, Mason, as she continues her schooling while working full time.
About Me: I am the Director of Student Services for TMC Gurnee and this is my 3rd year on staff. I believe God brought me here to stretch and teach me. I have learned so much from these young moms as I walk alongside them on their journey. I want the opportunity to give back something to them, since they continue to bless me.
Please Pray For: That God will use this race to bring further awareness about TMC to our community.ll time.
North Shore Turkey Trot – November 28, 2013
About Me: Hi, I’m Janice Zimmerman. This is my fourth year running for Teen Mother Choices. I was training for the Chicago Marathon, but two fractures in my foot forced me to stop and take a break. I’m cleared to begin running on Columbus Day (the day after the marathon!) So, I’m going to start training for the North Shore Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. I have one month to get my body back up to speed and pray that my foot responds well! I still want to honor my fundraising commitment to TMC of $1,500. Help me reach this HUGE goal!
My Goal: To raise $1,500
Please Pray For: the teen moms to come to know the love of Jesus. Thanks for the support!