CMRF Nicola O'Sullivan
Kilometres for Kids Chicago Triathlon 2010. Day 5: Monday, 30 August

We had a serious night of celebrations last night! It was brilliant fun. Everybody was still on an adrenaline high after the event and the sense of CMRF team spirit was amazing.

We are all taking it easy today after the intensity of yesterday’s triathlon. Some people are relaxing by the pool, others are shopping and needless to say, everybody is delighted that they have completed their challenge so successfully.

We are leaving to head back to Ireland tomorrow and I can honestly say this was one of the best events I have ever been on. The people taking part in the Chicago Triathlon 2010 are truly remarkable. I admire each and every one of them for succeeding in achieving their goals and for so generously supporting The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our triathlon eventors - GO TEAM CRUMLIN!!!! 

Check out the race results here!

Kilometres for Kids Chicago Triathlon 2010. Day 4: Sunday, 29 August

WOW - what an event!!  I am HYPER after it all.  The CMRF triathlon team did us VERY PROUD today.  I am immensely impressed by each and every one of our CMRF team members, they are amazing.  The atmosphere was quite simply electric and the amount of adrenaline and competitiveness in the air was nothing short of remarkable.

We got our wake up call at 4am, although most people were awake already in anticipation of the event.  After breakfast the CMRF Triathlon Team geared up for their upcoming challenge.  The teams wave times varied from 6.00am - 10am.  Jackie, Francis and I were on hand with Irish Flags and LOTS of cheering (I am completly hoarse after it, but it was more than worth it).

Everybody is on an absolute high after today’s event - the swim, cycle and run was incredible to watch.  The weather was absolutely scorching, it was 39 degrees out there (102.2F) and it was genuinely so tough on our athletes - I have never seen anything like it.  Nonetheless, our CMRF athletes rose to the occasion with flying colours. I have some mega pictures and I can’t wait to post them on facebook.  I am so proud of everybody, there will be lots of serious celebrations tonight. What an achievement!

One of the most poignant stories about why people are taking part in this event on behalf of CMRF is from a new eventor this year.  He was attending Our Lady’s hospital last year with his child for a standard overnight procedure.  Our triathlon brochure caught his eye while he was in the waiting room and he deicded he wanted to raise money for CMRF there and then.  The amazing part of this story is that only SIX months ago he could not swim (!!), he finished the triathlon in just a little over 3 hours today.  AMAZING.

I am tempted to say that I will have to buy a bike and a new pair of runners when I get home…..I am not ‘committing’ as of yet, but I can certainly see how this sport is absolutely addictive.  A girl’s gotta have aspirations!!

Kilometres for Kids Chicago Triathlon 2010. Day 3: Saturday, 28 August

We had a great night last night.  A group of us went to the Cheesecake factory for dinner.  Be warned - the portions there are the size of your arm so I may not eat again until Christmas!! Our CMRF triathlon team had to stock up on lots of carbs in anitipcation of Sunday’s event so they were all very happy with the choice of restauraunt.

I can’t wait to see them all taking part in the Chicago Triathlon 2010. We are all getting both nervous and excited about the tomorrow’s event.  Everybody is taking it easy today so that they will have plenty of energy for their upcoming challenge.  Even though I am here to support the team and am not taking part in the event, I am already feeling the excitement in my bones. 

I just can’t wait to see all of our CMRF Team in action, I am so impressed with each and every one of them for doing this on behalf of the CMRF and Our Lady’s Hospital.  Their support of CMRF makes an immense difference to the lives of so many sick children.  I have my Irish flag at the ready and I plan on taking lots of honey tonight for all the supportive yelling I will be doing tomorrow.


Kilometres for Kids Chicago Triathlon 2010. Day 2: Friday, 27 August

The Windy City was far from windy this morning as the CMRF Chicago Triathlon team woke up to another beautiful day of sunshine. 

Chicago River

photo from:Flickr

All of the triathlon team gear and bikes have arrived safe and sound so the CMRF team are rearing to go!!  We had a brilliant night last night and there were lots of laughs.  They are such a great group of people and I am happy to say that everybody has instantly bonded. 

The Microsoft boys -Kevin, Barry, David and Peter all had their shirts engraved with personalised logo’s to enhance their ’triathlon team sprit’.  Kevin (Top Gun), Barry (Boss Man), David (Horse Power) and Peter (The Hero) certainly grabbed the local’s attention!! 

Nuala Moore from Kerry was also wearing a t-shirt with her self professed mantra on it ‘I may not look fast (and on the back) but inside I am running’.  Everybody was in great form and it was very interesting to hear all the different reasons why people chose Our Lady’s Hospital as their charity for the event.  The dedication by the CMRF triathlon team to CMRF and Our lady’s Hospital is very evident and heartwarming.

After mingling with the team at breakfast some of the group went to do some warm up training in the Hilton Hotel Gym. This is an amazing facility located on the 8th floor of the hotel; it has an Olympic size swimming pool and all the required amenities for our triathlon athletes. Hence, the competitive atmosphere is commencing already.  We all went down to Ohio beach where the group went for a warm up swim and then a cycle – it was a spectacular day and we had lots of fun in the sun.

Things are heating up here already - Team Crumlin are chomping at the bit to do Ireland proud this year.  I have no doubt that the team’s dedication to their training will pay off.  :0)

Kilometres for Kids - Chicago Triathlon 2010. Day 1: Thursday, 26 August

The CMRF Chicago Triathlon group arrived in beautiful Chicago today, August 26th.

Chicago skyline

I was very excited to meet the team. I had arrived in Chicago prior to the group and was able to ensure everything was in tip top shape for their arrival. This year we have 21 fundraisers participating on behalf of The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. We are thrilled that so many people are dedicated to our sick kids.

I was reunited with many familiar faces but also had the chance to meet some new participants taking part in the event. This year on our team we have Edmund Ball, David Bradley, Paul Byrne, Pauline Duhautbout, Thomas Gethings, Kevin Gunning, Paul Hooks, Marie Keane (O’Meara), Liam Keating, Mark Lacey, Shane Lucid, Nuala Moore, Miriam Moroney, Nessa Murnaghan, Mark McGee, Joseph O’Grady, Peter O’Grady, Barry O’Sullivan, David Power, John Skelly, John Staunton and our very own Janet Keating from CMRF. Also Jackie Bell and Frances Lynch have flown over to show their support for the team! Everybody arrived full of great spirits and they are all ready and very enthusiastic for their upcoming challenge

It is fair to say that the group are very upbeat after their long journey and it certainly helps to arrive to an optimistic 76 degrees F!! The weather in Chicago for the next few days is going to be HOT so there will be plenty of sunscreen exchanged!!! We are staying in The Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago - it’s a gorgeous hotel in an absolutely fantastic location. We have everything we could possibly want literally on our doorstep - you can’t beat that. (we are spoiled for choice here!!)

The group will take it easy this evening to recover after their journey and we will meet up later for their welcome dinner. Tomorrow will be a day of relaxation and light training in anticipation of the upcoming Triathlon. We are all really looking forward to a great week ahead!! GO TEAM CRUMLIN!!!!

Chicago Theatre

Photo from: Flickr

Crumlin’s Super Hero’s Nominated for The Maternity & Infant Awards 2010


Picture:  Adelina Corigliano crossing the line at the Super Hero Fun Run, Phoenix Park, 22 May, 2010

Picture: Our Superhero Donal Walsh from Tralee, Co. Kerry


Today, CMRF were approached by The Ashville Media Group to nominate our fabulous Superhero’s Adelina Corigliano and Donal Walsh for their ‘Child Hero of The Year Award’ as part of their annual Maternity Infant Awards

Ashville Media are the award-winning publishers of both Maternity and Maternity & Infant magazines and this is the third year they will be holding this event. 

CMRF are delighted to nominate both Adelina Corigliano and Donal Walsh for their immense support, inspiration and ongoing dedication to fundraising for CMRF through the 'Super Hero Fun Run, 2010' campaign.  Both Adelina and Donal are patients of St. John’s Ward and they are tireless in their support of CMRF and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.  They have been immensely supportive from the onset of this project and they are genuine super hero’s to all of us here at CMRF.

The Super Hero Fun Run in Phoenix Park was held on 22 May and it has raised a staggering 85K to date.  Following on from this, CMRF are holding an additional Super Hero Fun Run in Fota Wildlife Park, 18 September, 2010. Adelina, Donal and their families have been immensely generous with their personal stories, their time and enthusiasm for this event - we are truly grateful and we are enormously proud of them. 

CMRF are currently nominating Adelina and Donal for the ‘Child Hero of The Year Award’.  We will be in touch shortly to update you on how they get on.  Regardless of the outcome, Adelina and Donal are true Superhero’s to all of us.