Katherine Teitgen of North Bethesda decided to run the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) when she received an email from a neighbor looking for runners to join The Children’s Inn at NIH’s #RunINN4Kids race team.
“I’m turning 40 this year and wanted to do something off my bucket list, and I also liked the idea of doing something to help an organization and to better the community,” Katherine says. “The email was just perfect timing.”
An attorney for Wolters Kluwer in Rockville and the mom of twins, 7, Katherine says she was ready for a new challenge and wanted to help support an organization that is dedicated to helping children undergoing treatment at the NIH and their families. She was already familiar with The Inn, because of her husband, who is an immunologist at the Vaccine Research Center at the NIH.
“I’ve had friends who have sick children, and as a parent, became really aware of children in need and the requirement for specialized research for children with devastating diseases,” she says. “The Children’s Inn is an amazing organization that helps the entire family to support the kids who are getting treatment. It’s a unique organization. There definitely should be more resources like that out there.”
While Katherine played rugby throughout college and still swims, she says she’s never run more than a 10-mile race.
In order to train for the MCM, she signed up for the Montgomery County Road Runners Club’s First Time Marathon Training Program with her neighbor, Anne Mandeville. Anne, also a first-time marathon runner, was the author of the email recruiting runners in her North Bethesda neighborhood for the race team of The Inn, where she works.
Katherine also says she is looking forward to receiving additional marathon training support through The Inn’s race team coach, Dr. Tim Moore, a personal trainer, nutritionist and wellness expert who specializes in training athletes of all abilities to maximize their performance.
“I’m open to all the training support and advice I can get,” she says.
Although Katherine has already reached her $600 fundraising requirement to benefit The Inn, she says she’s determined to continue raising funds to make a greater difference for ill children and their families.
“I hit my goal but would love to raise $1,000,” she says. “I’m going to keep going!”
The Children’s Inn still has slots available for both the Marine Corps Marathon and 10K race. To learn more or join The Children’s Inn #RunINN4kids race team, click here.