Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 Inspiring People of the Year Tony Mangan

Tony is Walking Around the World

When Tony Mangan was in school he was bullied. He was told by some teachers that he was talentless, and even worthless and was considered a sports wimp for he even obtained a doctor's note to excuse him from gymnasium classes. Aged, about ten he was bitten by a dog and as a result he was terrified of even the smallest of puppies. 

However, Tony fought back and one by one he beat up the bullies. After reading a book about an Irish woman who cycled from Ireland to India and with  extraordinary self-belief he went on to cycle around the world between 1978 and 1979. In doing so, he chased away German Shepherd dogs in the Turkish mountains and also slept in bear country in North America. During his world cycle  he was also trapped in Tehran for six weeks during the Iranian Islamic revolution when the border to Afghanistan was closed. He survived by twice selling blood plasma.

Fast forward many years later and Tony drifted out of cycling and into running. Five weeks after lacing up his first pair of running shoes he ran his first marathon. It soon became apparent that the further the distance Tony ran the more competitive he became. So, it came as no surprise when he started to run ultra marathons, or extreme races as he prefer to call them. 

During his competitive career he represented Ireland on six occasions. He also broke four world records and became known as a 48 hour specialist. Two of those records he still holds today. Imagine running for two straight days on a treadmill?  Well that's what Tony Mangan did when he broke the world record for running 48 hours at the Longford Marathon expo in Longford, Ireland in August 2008. His distance of 405 kilometres (251 miles) is still a world record today

The previous year in a 48 hour international race in the Czech Republic he set the world 48 hour indoor track record when he beat a star-studded field to run 426 kilometres (266 miles) In doing so he also became the first runner in history to run over 200 (124 miles) kilometres in two consecutive days when he ran 223 (139miles) on day one and 203 (126 miles) kilometres on day two. That world record still stands today. 

During all this time he dreamt of an audacious challenge to run around the world and effectively achieved that when he crossed the finish line of the 2014 Dublin marathon after running 50,000 kilometres (31,000 miles) in five continents in four years.

That ticked off and retired from running he is now living his Plan B dream, to walk around the world. This world walk began in February 2016 and he has walked almost 19,000 kilometres (12,000 miles )  across Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China, Vietnam,Australia, and he is now In New Zealand

Tony is walking around the world with a cancer awareness message: that life is precious and early cancer screening saves lives. The reason he is walking for cancer awareness as his mother was diagnosed too late when he was almost half way through his world run. She lived to cross the finish line with him and sadly died five months later.

-Tony-

Please check out his website at www.myworldwalk.com

 And also on Facebook   www.facebook.com/tony.mangan.14



Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 Inspiring People of the Year Edward Lyell

Edward Fights Fires and Runs Ultras
I was initially inspired to Run Marathons because I was trying to avoid Diabetes.  My Father was in End Stage Diabetes in 2013 when I ran my First Marathon.

I continued running Marathons all over the US and the world till I finally competed my First 100 miler in 2012 at the Rocky Road Race with my Dear Sweet Wife Rieko. By 2012 I was diagnosed with Pre Diabetes and Father had died of End Stage Diabetes along with my two Brothers becoming Insulin Dependent Diabetics. 


Jump forward to 2017 and after completing multiple 100 milers and Triathlons I saw my health once again falling by the wayside. Also at this time my oldest Brother had already endured years of Dialysis, a kidney transplant and amputation of a leg due to Diabetes and  Renal Failure.

I decided to do something absolutely drastic and that was to compete in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge dubbed as the Toughest Two Minutes in the Fire Service. This was truly the hardest thing I have ever done. 


Starting with my First competition in April I knew I had found something that has completely transformed my life. Please see the above  attached commentary.


I dedicated my 2017 Firefighter Combat Challenge Season to my Brother Ronald Lyell who just recently took his first few steps in a few Years with his Prosthetic Leg. Equipped with his new Kidney he is starting to get his life back together while still fighting the effects of Diabetes
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With the motivation to Honor my Brother I worked so hard a multiple events all over the country I brought my individual times down significantly and most importantly I was honored to be chosen out of hundreds of Firefighters to be the 2017 Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Rookie of the Year!


One of the most awesome experiences was to be able to compete a Tandem Firefighter Combat Challenge event with Rieko which was one amazing experience! 


I am so very honored to receive the 2017 Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Rookie of the Year Award. I am dedicating my 2018 Firefighter Combat Challenge Season to Douglas PJ Bean the namesake of the Rookie of the Year Award and in April I am going to be Running 72 hours and 100 plus miles in Full Firefighter Gear at the Beyond Limits Ultramarathon in Honor of PJ. The story of PJ touched my heart as I am sure many others.


I hope my efforts in 2018 will honor his memory and the Rookie of the Year Award.


-Edward Lyell-
Firefighter/Paramedic 
Federal Fire Department San Diego 

Here is some information about PJ Bean and my brother Ronald who I am dedicating my 2018 events to:



Thursday, December 7, 2017

2017 Inspiring People of the Year Ken Ekman

Long Distance Ultra Runner Ken is Stronger at Age 66!
I began distance running at age 29 and ran for 3 years before completely torching my knees after my first marathon sending me into 20 years of running avoidance!  In 2001, I met some distance runners in Minnesota and began training for ultras.  50M Run on the Sly, 62M Edmund Fitz, 92M at FANS – I kept moving up. Then after moving to Prescott, AZ in 2004, friends like running star Heidi Schuette, gave me the Boston bug and I qualified 5 times beginning at age 58! My 2014 race with the bombing in Boston was quite emotional but too lengthy to describe.

I still ran ultras after moving to Prescott.  I got involved in the local running community, starting a running club.  Before long I was forming and administrating new races while helping with several others.  In 2009 I was awarded the Al Clark award by the YMCA for the individual that most helped advance running in our community, a huge honor for me. 


Several local runners still tell me that they got into running because of me, that I trained with them at their speed and ran alongside them in their first races.  I have done well running myself but knowing I helped a few others along the way has made the running journey one of my greatest accomplishments.  I have many friends in the running world – who could ask for more? 


I am also honored that Yolanda would pick me as an inspiration!  Indeed she inspired me without knowing it and without knowing me.  A few years ago I watched her go mile after mile in the Across the Years multi day event.  I remember commenting to my significant other Deborah – “How can she do that?”  Then I got to meet Yolanda at the 2017 FANS race only to discover that she is even nicer than she is talented.  I sure hope our paths cross again.   

-Ken- 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Inspiring People of the Year Shannon Redline

She's Courageous and Pretty 
Hello to all. Almost 11 months has gone by since the last time you saw me. So much change has happened. That is one thing that we can always count on…change. Most of it has been amazing and positive. Whereas, there has been a couple of transitions that proved to be a bit more challenging than others.

So let’s begin. One of those cheesy cliché sayings that I am sure we have all heard is: “if you love someone, let them go. If they come back to you, then it was meant to be. If not, then they were never yours to begin with.”   I guess I never really understood exactly what that meant until I had the opportunity to experience this first hand. Back in March, I was able to reconnect with someone whom I hadn’t spoken to in about 5 years. We had previously dated, and the through a series of life events we lost touch.


Needless to say, I am in love and grateful for the second chance that we get with one another to do life together. Since that time we have been able to make many new memories with one another and cannot wait to see what the future holds. This is someone who accepts me for who I am, what I have done and loves me anyway. The feeling is mutual. When you are able to love someone wholeheartedly, and unconditionally- regardless of their past mistakes/choices make sure you hang on tight. A love like that is hard to find, and not one I am willing to let go of.

June 2017 was a busy month for me. Employment changed for me. I am currently working as a youth Peer Support Specialist for a non-profit mental health organization where I get to use my own life experience to help kiddos in dealing with theirs. All of the trials and tribulations I’ve endured in the past, I know see were always meant for good. For me to be able to share the hope and positivity that can come from situations that appear hopeless at the time. We are not alone in our struggles, and we don’t have to go through them in solitude.

Also, I finally graduated from college. Whoo hoo! After 3 years at community college, I completed my goal and gained my Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer degree. In addition, I got accepted into Southern Oregon University where I will be pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. This way I will have the ability to continue learning and gaining much knowledge in my efforts to continue working with and helping others “do life” successfully.
Though so many amazing and positive things have transpired lately; recently, I have had some external stressors in my life. There is not really a good indicator for me to be aware of before I get severely triggered, but when it happens “oh boy!” My whole world can seem to implode in a matter of seconds. What I have learned from this is that I will never be “fixed”. I have gone through some seriously traumatic experiences in life that will forever be imprinted on me.

This brings me to say that not all wounds leave visible scars or cripple us physically. Many of my wounds have come from mental and emotional abuse. Just because we can’t “see” these emotional/mental scars, does not mean they don’t exist. I was reminded last week of just how real/deep my wounds are. I have mental health diagnosis, and this does not make me broken or any less of a person than the next. It just means that I have to work extra hard in maintaining a state of “baseline”.
-Shannon Redline-


Read more of Shannon's story on Emotional Healing http://www.rebeccabender.org/blog/2017/11/30/emotional-healing


Saturday, October 7, 2017

HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE

Water is the Feel Good Drink

HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE! Great benefits of drinking water increases energy & relieves fatigue, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins, improves skin complexion, puts you in a good mood, and water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s still cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte! STOP-the-EXCUSES Fitness Program includes Water. Smile. 

My favorite fitness exercise is Climbing Stairs! Climbing stairs has many benefits burns calories, which can help you better manage your weight, enhances your cardiovascular fitness, which requires more effort than walking or running on flat ground and you’ll develop strength you'll work your quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings, calves, hip flexors and it’s FREE! STOP-the-EXCUSES Fitness Program includes Climbing Stairs.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

One Exercise, multiple benefits

Surprising Benefits Of Doing The Plank Exercise Everyday

Amazing benefits of doing the Plank exercise EVERYDAY.  One exercise with multiple benefits daily planks strengthens core muscles, reduces back pain, decreases your risk of back & spine injuries, improves your posture & balance and improves your mood.  STOP-the-EXCUSES Fitness Program includes a daily plank!  For more info and a 15 minute consultation contact me. 
www.yolandaholder.com  yolandaholder@gmail.com  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

YES, YOU CAN!!!

Each morning is your opportunity to say yes, I CAN. Yes, I CAN run, walk, bike, hike, swim or headstand for one mile (15 minutes) a day. Take the Challenge and Smile Baby Smile (Remember, I’m “just” a walker) Believe in yourself & your fitness Dreams!!!
http://www.active.com/virtual-ca/walking/virtual-events/virtual-extreme-walk-4-diabetes-3100-mile-challenge-2017
Take the Challenge and sign up today!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Everyone Gets a Medal!

Thank you!!! Many of you have signed up to take the 52 Days Challenge let the training begin. Let’s get this party started! Everyone gets a medal sign up here and Train Baby Train!  http://www.active.com/virtual-ca/walking/virtual-events/virtual-extreme-walk-4-diabetes-3100-mile-challenge-2017
After you sign up remember you still need to train...Let the training begin and Smile Baby Smile!
Training for 3100 Miles is hard but who said you can’t have a little fun. Fun in the sun in Long Beach happy workout weekend! 

Yesterday’s training marathon at Spring 7 Day 5 at Belmont Shore Beach in Long Beach, I received a few compliments one man said “your body is sexy & beautiful like Sarah in Terminator 2”. Today’s workout, Shoulders!!! Now that made me SMILE!!! 
I'm wishing you a stress free work week and a fabulous workout!  www.yolandaholder.com 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

TAKE MY CHALLENGE

52 STRAIGHT DAYS!!!

Take My Challenge: I have the hard challenge of power walking 60+ miles daily for 52 straight days and YOU have the easy challenge a mile or more daily for 52 straight days! Lucky YOU!!! It will take YOU less than 15 minutes to walk, run, bike, hike, headstand or swim and it will take ME 18 hours to walk 60+ miles daily. Working out 30 minutes a day helps keep the doctor away and it makes you Smile Baby Smile! Try it for 52 days and see how you look and feel.
Sign up today and share with your friends and family!
www.yolandaholder.com  
http://www.active.com/virtual-ca/walking/virtual-events/virtual-extreme-walk-4-diabetes-3100-mile-challenge-2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Epic Challenge for YOU!

Happy Workout Weekend!!!   I’ve got an epic challenge for YOU!  Run, Walk, Bike, Hike, Swim, Headstands or 31,000 Steps daily for 52 days!!!  Join me on my epic journey to Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race in New York.  I must walk 60 miles daily to reach 3100 Miles in 52 days. Challenge yourself by working out for 52 straight days.  Say good-bye to your inner critic and hello to your new admirer.  The IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE.  Sign up today at http://www.yolandaholder.com/  or http://www.active.com/virtual-ca/walking/virtual-events/virtual-extreme-walk-4-diabetes-3100-mile-challenge-2017