And the “Grittiest” TNT Team is…

Training with the TEAM to cure cancer is tough stuff. It’s sweaty, grimy and physically and mentally challenging work. But on the other side there’s elation, pride and confidence (and not to mention serious bragging rights).

Three weeks ago we asked Team In Training (TNT) TEAM members to “Show Us Your Grit” in a social media photo contest that illustrates the kind of motivation and dedication all TNTers have to fight blood cancer and save lives. The TEAM with the most posts to our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages would win a pancake breakfast, coveted 20%-off Sports Basement coupons for its members and become the “face” of local TNT marketing  over the next two seasons.

We asked our teams to bring it – and boy, did they ever! It took close to an hour for us to tally up the results! Over 1,870 photos were submitted of  TNT athletes from all over the Bay Area (North Bay, East Bay and SF) getting gritty for the cause.

It was a neck and neck race to the finish. Incredibly, the top three teams submitted nearly 1,670 gritty photos of their amazing athletes, but only one team came out the grittiest.

And the winning team is…

The East Bay – Diablo Valley Team with over 843 photos!

The East Bay – Diablo Valley TNT Team is made up of 35 teammates training for the Avenue of the Giant’s Half Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, or the Mayor’s Marathon and Half Marathon in Alaska. They have been training for about two months now and have raised more than $63,328 for blood cancer research and patient services!

Coming in a close second place is the Ultramarathon Team, a small but mighty team, who submitted 513 photos.

The third place title goes to the incredible San Francisco/Marin Triathlon Team, with 312 photos.

Here’s some of our favorite “gritty” submissions; they are entertaining, motivational and downright hysterical. And if you are in the mood for more, check our Facebook page.

Congrats to all of our “Show Us Your Grit” participants for showing us what it means to be part of the TEAM and saving lives one mile at a time!

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About Megan Kilkenny

LLS Sr. Director, Marketing Communication Team In Training Alum Three-time Nike Women's Half Marathon finisher
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