Frankly, now that I know about LLS, I will never be done supporting LLS.  There is a story behind that statement.  This morning however, I am up early reflecting on the last 72 hours. 24 hours of it, as you know, I spent running. Covering 110 miles.  Now, my thoughts are focused on one thing as it relates to The Man of The Year Campaign:  WE ARE NOT DONE YET!

As you can imagine, I am tired.  Very tired.  When I finished on Saturday, I thought to myself…I am done! But it didn’t take more than a second for that thought to change.  NO! YOU ARE NOT DONE YET!!!  BE RELENTLESS.  It is the only way WE will WIN. Win the fight for A CURE for these dreadful diseases. 

This has never been about the competition though. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE competition. I would be lying if I said I didn’t like to win.  But, as I shared with someone yesterday, this isn’t about winning.  It is about HELPING PEOPLE and SAVING LIVES.  I can’t control the outcome of the Man of the Year campaign, but I can absolutely CONTROL MY EFFORT.  That’s it.  It is that simple.

A lot of people have asked how I’m feeling after my 24 hour run.  Since 10:05 Saturday morning, the moment I crossed the finish line, I have felt so many different emotions.  Right now, as I sit in the quiet of my home, there are no cheering fans, no TV cameras, no reporters, no rush of endorphins. Just me and I AM SORE and TIRED. It would be so easy to coast to the finish of my campaign. But I can’t. BE RELENTLESS and FINISH STRONG FOR OTHERS.

So, let’s gather our competetive spirits and win this campaign! Remember, $1= 1 vote. We need the most votes to win. Kids, moms, dads, brother, sisters and friends with these diseases are the ultimate winners when you vote. So many of you have already cast your vote…A LOT OF VOTES.  For that, I THANK YOU. If you haven’t yet, please VOTE NOW and educate others about how they can vote. Use the phone, Facebook, Twitter, text, email, etc. to spread the word.  Let’s get the vote out with less than a week left.  Send your friends to www.krisvogt.com and ask them to click the donate button. Tell them the guy that they are voting for is RELENTLESSLY CRAZY and just finished a 24 HOUR RUN covering a 110 miles to show his own personal commitment to this amazing cause.

Thank you all for everything you are doing.

Not sure if I always have been spontaneous, but lately, some of my best decisions have been spontaneous.  Just two months ago, I was on a call with our team for our LLS campaign.  We were brainstorming ideas on how we could raise a huge amount of money for LLS in just 10 weeks.  It was clear that we had a team that was passionate about this great cause and we had some great ideas that we ultimately used successfully in our campaign.  It was in that call that I said, “I would be willing to run for 24 Hours.”  It was dead silent.  Everyone on the call knew I wasn’t joking.  Finally, someone broke the silence and said, “That would be big.” Good, I thought. I want it to be big. The bigger it is, the more people we can help. I smiled and away we went.

As I sit on the eve of this event, I can tell you, IT IS BIG. Donations, calls, emails, tweets, interviews…it is all happening.  I am filled with excitement and I am ready to run.  I am ready to run for 24 hours.

I just finished my pre run “carb load” with my two ultra buddies, Ty Russell and Bill Hambrick, who will be running 50 miles of this in the middle of the night.  It was exactly what I needed.  While most of the world looks at me like I am nuts, these guys give me confidence and assurance that I will do this and HAVE FUN.

Sure there will be high energy times in the next 24 hours, as well as times of challenge and struggle. Running is the perfect metaphor for life. As I have been training for this event, I have often thought about what it will be like at certain times. How much struggle will there be. In the end, I have no idea. I will cover a 100 miles. Maybe a few more. There will be times of struggle without question.

But for me, the struggle won’t last for more than 24 hours. For a child, a spouse, a loved one with Leukemia or Lymphoma, their struggle is so much more than  I can imagine.  I WILL NOT COME CLOSE TO WHAT THEY HAVE TO ENDURE. Running for 24 hours to raise awareness and money is frankly pretty easy by comparison.

I wish you could feel the feeling inside of me right now. I can’t even try to explain it, but it is amazing. I get to run to try to help save lives. It is an honor and a blessing to me. LLS is going to find a cure for these diseases because of the generosity of people like you. Find a way to join me in the next 24 HOURS. The more money we raise, the more lives we save.  It’s that simple.

Thank you all for your support.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly three months since I came up with a crazy idea to run 24 hours to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  And now I’m less than 24 hours away from crossing that starting line.  I invite anyone who would like to come out to support me to meet on the grassy area at Sutter’s Fort at 28th and L St. tomorrow morning around 9:45.

For those of you who aren’t able to make it, I’ll be carrying my iphone with me during my run and you’ll be able to track my whereabouts thanks to Instamapper!  My Financial Pacer Sponsors, good folks who’ve donated to LLS and signed up to run alongside me at certain points during the course, will be collecting donations along the way.  Feel free to track me down, cheer me on, and make a donation!

Click here to track me using your computer, and click here to track me on your phone.   I’d love to see you along my race route!

I’ve just finished planning the route for my 24 hour run May 4th and 5th and I wanted to share with you where I’ll be. We’re still working on adding a few details, and the times are just approximates, but I thought sharing this with you now will give you a good idea of where I’ll be. I hope that if I’m in your neighborhood, you’ll come out to cheer me on and show your support for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I also hope you’ll have the chance to stop by one of our celebration points, either at the beginning at the Sutter Cancer Center before the race, the pizza party at Pronto Pizza in Folsom, the halfway point celebration, or the finish line breakfast at Silva’s Sheldon Inn. 

For those of you interested in running alongside me, I’m still taking requests! Just email me at kvogt@cbnorcal.com to let me know where and for how long you’d like to run. I’d love to have you there with me!

Friday, May 4, 2012

9:00am – Starting line kick off – Please join us at the Sutter Cancer Center at 28th & L Street in classrooms 1 and 2
10:00am – Run start at Sutter Cancer Center
10:15am – Run by Coldwell Banker’s Sacramento Metro Office
Though McKinely Park
Right at Elvas
H Street – Left
J Street  – Left ( Foot Bridge or Path)
11:00am – Fair Oaks Blvd. by Lomans Plaza – 5 mile mark!        
11:00am to 11:30am – Run by Coldwell Banker’s Sacramento Sierra Oaks Office
Pass Sierra Oaks then Mills to American River Dr.
Turn left at American River Drive
11:45am – Jacob Lane or Arden Way, turn left and go back to Fair Oaks Blvd. – 9 mile mark!
12:20pm – Stay right on Fair Oaks Blvd. – 12 mile mark!
Left on Sunrise
1:00pm to 2:00pm – Run by Coldwell Banker’s Sacramento Fair Oaks Office
Continue on Sunrise Blvd.
1:35pm – Right on Madison – 17.5 mile mark!
Left on Fair Oaks
Old Auburn Road
Straight into Cirby Way
Champion Oak Drive
Right on McClaren (run around park)
Right on Park Hill
Left on East Roseville
Left on Eureka
3:35pm – Pass Professional Dr.
3:15pm to 4:00pm – Run by Coldwell Banker’s Roseville Office – 26 mile mark!
Douglas Blvd. (Stay straight towards Sierra College Blvd.)
4:30pm – Right on Auburn Folsom Road (or trail) – 30 mile mark!  
Folsom Dam Road
Left on Greenback into Old Folsom
5:30pm – Riley Street – 35 mile mark!
5:35pm – Brief stop at Lembi Park (Aquatic Center) for interviews – 35.5 mile mark!
Right on Blue Ravine
Left on Prairie City
Right Iron Point – 39 mile mark
6:45pm – Folsom Blvd & Iron Point
6:15pm to 7:15pm – Pizza party at Pronto Pizza in Folsom. Kris will stop to eat.
Folsom Lake Auto Mall  & Frontage Road
Left on Sunrise Mercantile Road
7:50pm – Left at Sunrise Blvd. – 45 mile mark!
Right on Douglas
Left on Mather
9:00pm – Turns into Excelsior – 50 Mile Mark!
Celebration stop at Veterans Park 

Half Way Mark

9:50pm – Jackson Cross Over  – 53 mile mark!
Continue on Excelsior
Right on Gerber
Left on Vineyard
10:50pm – Right on Calvine
Left at Elk Grove Florin
11:45pm – Jan Rau Park (Sheldon and Elk Grove Florin) – 63 mile mark!
Continue on Elk Grove Florin past Bond
Elk Grove Florin passed Elk Grove Park
Left East Stockton Blvd

Saturday, May 5, 2012

1:00am – Over pass to Lent Ranch Mall
Down Poppy Ridge
Right on Bruceville
(Follow 25+ mile along the Running of Elk Route) 
6:30am – At Ford Dealership and circle Auto Mall
7:15am – Starbucks at the entrance of Auto Mall
Elk Grove Blvd  right on Laguna Springs Way
8:00am – Run by Coldwell Banker’s Elk Grove Office
Over pass down Bond Road
9:00am – At Pleasant Grove High School (pick up last 5k runners and run through campus)
Left on Bradshaw
Right on Calvin
Right Excelsior
Right on Sheldon, short way left on Mackey
Left on Pleasant Grove School Road
10:00am – Arrive at Silva’s Sheldon Inn to celebrate Kris’ 100+ Mile run!

Time is flying by and we have no time to celebrate.  At least not yet.  We have come a long way in our campaign, but have a long way to go.  For me, two weeks from today, I will embark upon a 24 hour long journey; a run for 24 hours.  No relay.  I WILL RUN FOR 24 HOURS…100 miles more or less. 

WITHOUT MASSIVE SUPPORT, from you and everyone you know however, this effort will just be a “crazy thing to do.” I want to be very clear about something, by the time you finish reading this, two things will have happened.  First, someone will lose someone they love to Leukemia or Lymphoma.  This thought has been engraved in my head every day since the beginning of this campaign because of the personal stories people have shared with me.  We DO NOT have time to wait any longer.  Action, MASSIVE ACTION, is required.

The good news in all of this is that the SECOND THING that will happen by the end of your reading this is that LLS will be closer to curing one more person!!!  Finding a CURE. A CURE for someone’s MOM, DAD, CHILD OR FRIEND. This will be a reality because of ACTION TAKEN BY YOU.

NONE OF THIS happens without MONEY.  There so many people ALIVE TODAY because of money given to LLS to fund research.  WE CAN help save lives.  That is a humbling thought. 

Today I am asking for your support. Actually, BEGGING.  I WANT YOU to be part of my 24 HOUR RUN in some way.  Think of it as an ADULT JOG A THON.  $1 an hour?  $1 a mile?  $5 ?, $10?  To be a FINANCIAL PACER, simply donate $50 or HAVE SOMEONE else donate $50 on your behalf and come run with me. 

Go to www.krivogt.com and click DONATE or CALL ME at 916-801-4002.  Then send me and EMAIL,FACEBOOK, TWEET or CALL ME to let me know that you want to be part of this special day. You can run a block, a mile, 10 miles, or whatever distance you choose, whatever the time of day you choose. THE PACE WILL BE SLOW.

The run will begin at 10:00 am on Friday, May 4th at the Sutter Cancer Research Center and wind through Sacramento, Fair Oaks, Roseville, Folsom, Elk Grove and conclude at Silva’s Sheldon Inn with a Finish Line Breakfast Celebration.  Tickets for the breakfast are $35 and Silva’s is donating nearly $30 of this to LLS on our behalf.  We will also be having a BONE MARROW DRIVE at the finish as well.  What a way to end this amazing 24 HOURS!

Please, please take a few simple steps RIGHT NOW.
1. Go to www.krisvogt.com and click donate.
2. Invite EVERYONE in your database to do the same. 
3. Share this blog
4. SHARE ON ALL YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA…let’s go VIRAL.

Thanks so much for reading and thank you advance for your support….PEOPLES LIVES ARE DEPENDING ON IT.

The Home of Clay and Sandi Sigg
9715 Wedgewood Place
Granite Bay, CA
Friday, April 27, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wine expert Katrina Van Aller will discuss the exceptional Silver Oak cabernet sauvignons of the Napa and Alexander Valleys, as well as Twomey Cellars not yet released 2010 Russian River Pinot Noir, 2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2007 Twomey Cellars Single Vineyard Napa Valley Merlot – Silver Oak winemaker Daniel Baron’s Napa Valley answer to his winemaking years at the famed Chateau Petrus in Pomerol

Heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by chef John Rodrigues

$35 donation

All proceeds go to support Kris Vogt’s LLS Man of the Year campaign.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Barbara Navarrete at 916.966.8200 or Barbara.Navarrete@cbnorcal.com

As you know, one of the main reasons I chose to get involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year campaign is because these devastating blood cancers have touched the lives of so many around us. One of those, being a close friend of my family’s, Holly Yue.

Holly has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is currently waiting for a match to receive a bone marrow transplant. Her storyhas  inspired us to want to do more. So, together with her husband, Brian, we have scheduled bone marrow donor drives for our Movie on the Lawn event April 21st in Wilton, and the finish line celebration event after my 24 hour long run on May 5 at Silva’s Sheldon Inn in Elk Grove. Bloodsource will be on hand to register possible donors and provide more information about their bone marrow donor program.

I also want to share with you Holly’s personal story, written by her husband Brian:

Holly Yue was diagnosed with stage IV, low grade, follicular non- Hodgkin ʼs Lymphoma in August of 1997. Our daughter, Kathryn, was five and our son, Michael, was two at the time. The average life expectancy of an individual with this stage of  disease was six to 10 years. It was the most devastating news any young family could possibly imagine. Holly ʼs cancer remained fairly inactive over the next 11 years. Her positive attitude, active lifestyle, her desire to live each day to the fullest, and her strong faith in God have helped her battle the trials of this disease with grace, dignity, and even joy.

In the spring of 2009, Holly began her first grueling four month regimen of chemotherapy. Her cancer returned in the summer of 2010 and again in the fall of 2011. She is currently undergoing her fourth type of chemotherapy treatment while waiting for a bone marrow transplant, which if successful, could cure her of this disease. The effects of chemotherapy can be very debilitating. However, with the efforts of organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, it doesnʼt have to be any more.

LLS has helped fund research for drugs like Rituxan and Velcade which have become the standard in treating follicular non-Hodgkin ʼs lymphoma and are also used to treat other cancers and even rheumatoid arthritis. Chemotherapy has become relatively bearable as well as more effective with the advent of these new drugs. Additionally, LLS has assisted in bone-marrow transplant research. Transplant procedures have been fine tuned and now offer patients a chance for a cure without the high mortality rate that used to make transplants a last resort. Just 14 years ago, our treatment options were much more limited.

Today we need your help in finding a “perfect match” for Holly ʼs bone marrow. Without a 10 point match, chance for rejection and other post-transplant complications greatly increase. Its an easy test, just a swab of the cheek. You just might be the match for Holly or another patient out there searching!

–Brian Yue 

I took a little break during my run this morning to share with you a few fundraising events we have coming up this month. Plus, I’m excited to announce where I’ll be crossing the finishline after my 24 hour-long run May 4th-5th…the run of my life! I invite you to celebrate with me! Click here to watch my video.

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