Ky – Myriam , thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful race. I’m happy we had nice weather for the occasion…..your signs along the route were great and gave us a good chuckle when we needed it most! Already looking forward to next year
Stacy – What a great event (as always)! This race gets better and better each year. Thank so much Myriam , for all of the hard work you put into this race! You ROCK!!!
Amy – Myriam, Thank You for an awesome run! Such A great vibe from all!
John – Thanks for a great day. Can’t even imagine the work and coordination that went into “running” this race. But you did an excellent job
Judy – Great race. It had to be one of the best that I have run. It must have been the Lenten thing.
Manuel – Congratulations on a wonderful race. I am a member of the the FrontRunners of New York. This was my first time running this race.
Thank you to you and all of the people who volunteer during the race. It was a “challenging” but wonderful experience.
Gen – It was great meeting you, and what a pleasure it was to participate in your Celebrate Life Half Marathon!
Migdalia – Thank you, good experience, well organized..Tks
Star -Myriam, thank you for another amazing race. I wanted to thank you for all you do. You have helped so many patients, anyone reading the testimonies will be inspired to give more to your cause when they read and see how isolated, destitute and hopeless some have been before you gave a helping hand. I want to thank you for also helping all of us who run/walk to support you and this cause. Myriam, every time I finish your run I look around and see how happy everyone is. I do not want to put words in anyone’s mouth but, for me I know you have given us a feeling of “doing something”. When family, friends or people we just know from the community are told they have cancer most of us feel helpless. Do we call? Do we bring food? offer anything they might need? yes of course but, most times it’s such a helpless feeling. As I looked around at all the folks after the race I think, thank you Myriam, for giving us a way to feel like we are also helping, there is something so special about this race its such a huge community event that is spreading that good old fashion feeling of love, comfort and hopefulness. God Bless you ox.
Melanie J. Thank you Myriam for making this race possible and letting your Austrian friends join it! It was really inspiring and worth the trip from Austria!
Adam – I truly enjoyed the race today, and it is beautiful course, and well organized. I also enjoyed pacing and chatting with the runners. It was also touching to see all the names for the loved who were lost to cancer on the side of the course. And it was also nice to see so many survivors. You guys are amazing.
Christian B- We came almost 4000 miles to do the race today. It was awesome!! Perfect conditions and great planning. Hard to ask for more. We will return to Denmark with a great experience. Thank you all!!! Feel free to come by Copenhagen for one of the world’s great half marathons – CphHalf.
Natalie – This was my 1st half marathon in honor of my mother and father in-laws.
So happy I got to be a part of it.
We honored you ALL!
Krystal – Thank you to all the runners and volunteers that made today’s race so amazing. A big thank you to Myriam for allowing me to run with my kids due to my poor date keeping. The kids loved cheering on all the runners and seeing all the people. Thank you to everyone that cheered us on – I will never forget today!
Billy – Thank you for putting on an awesome race today
Laura – Myriam, I love your race!!!!!! For the first time in months I was able to run pain free. I think it was all the positive energy that always surrounds this beautiful race!!!
Paula – Delaware County loves Celebrate Life Half Marathon
Deb – I smile reading all of the compliments about the event and you. We are all blessed by this each year, even the hills, which remind us of our resilience and perseverance. The awesome volunteers who make the tough moments easier with cheering, delightful outstretched hands with Gatorade or water. The awesome medal and sweatshirt/jacket. The food, drink and good cheer.
Debbie – This survivor loved the race, even though she can’t feel her lower extremities. Thank you so much to the amazing volunteers and runners who encouraged us the entire 13.1 miles.
Laura -My third year running this amazing race. Thank you, Myriam, and all of the volunteers, for all that you do to make this one of the best races for a wonderful cause. See you next year
Brooke – Thank you Celebrate Life for my first half marathon with my “sole sisters”!
Jeannie – A special shout-out to the “YOU CAN DO IT” guy who peddled along and kept us motivated!
Christopher – Had a great time!!! See ya next year!!
Ann – Every half should have beer at mile 12.
Carl – Oustanding #NewRoRunners team took 3rd Overall male & 3rd place group at Celebrate Life Half Marathon. Many thanks to Myriam and all the volunteers who made this a fun and memorable #run experience!!
Ronald – Thank you Myriam for the wonderful experience, truly a feel good event! Flying 24 hrs from Singapore was so worth it. Iya and I are very thankful to you, Louise, Richie, the Ramada and CLHM crew, and to the volunteers. Will be back to sizzling hot SG!
Eddie – Fantastic Run today. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it so great!
Marie – My third year along with Sarajane as relayers . My first year I wore my leg braces and three miles in 3 hours & had to get picked up , 2nd year I wore my braces completed the 2nd leg in over 3 hours 3 miles ; no more water tables no one left on the street or at the finish line …. This year no braces and completed second leg 40 minutes faster than last year. Thank you Lucia for the inspiration of a relay and Myriam for making it happen. Thank you to all of my cheerleaders who inspire me always and forever, my sunshines you will always be!
Sharon – Thank you Myriam for such a great race!!! You are awesome! Also, thank you to all of the volunteers, Emergency & Law Enforcement people who help to keep us safe. I truly appreciate all that you do.
Rachel – Great Race, although the HILLS were BRUTAL!!
Darth – Thank you to the race director, staff, workers, sponsors, spectators, first responders, police and volunteers for a wonderful event day today. The course was challenging and I loved it! Great energy out there today and support of participants encouraging others out there.
Stacey – Awesome day!!! Loved every bit of it (except some of the hills, didn’t love all of them)
Mel – Lancet What a wonderful race Myriam!! Well done! See you next year!
Kelly – What a great day Myriam! Thank you for all of your hard work!
Mary – This is shout out to Myriam, first and foremost, Thank you for your tireless efforts as race director. And to all participating in tomorrow’s event, thank you for supporting this wonderful cause. The H Family will be forever grateful for the grant our daughter received from CLHM while she was undergoing treatment for cancer. She was out of work for 8 months and relied on the generous donations to help pay medical bills. Thankfully, she is doing well presently. I ask all of you to keep in your hearts and minds the reason why we run this race, it is above all to help those in need. And it is also to remind us runners to always appreciate our gift of being able to run/walk. Fondly, Mary and Robert
Julie – just would like to say thank you for everyone with the water, telling us our times at the miles, people cheering us on, the food, the sweatshirts, etc. It was a wonderful day, fabulous job everyone!!!
Gary – Thank you, you did a great job.
Next year please ask the people giving times at the mile markers to speak clearly and loudly and to say the entire time. When I am running by a mile marker and they say 55, 56. 57, without saying the minutes it was confusing. One woman way siting down and you could not hear her at all. Just a minor suggestion to a great day for you. For me, not so good, I did not do well, thank you.
Bonnie – Thank you to Myriam and all of the volunteers!
Wayne – Thank you for everything you do Myriam ,! CLHM was my first half ever and is a special race and day for me. You are an amazing woman
Ashley – The Celebrate Life Half Marathon was my first but not last half marathon! Came home with a nice blister but it was totally worth it! Thank you everyone for such an awesome first half marathon experience! Hope to be back next year and having a better finish time!🏼
Todd – I absolutely loved this, my first, half marathon! Myriam, you are an incredible friend, and a spectacular race director! Kathryn, and our girl, did an amazing job hustling for FOUR HOURS as they helped at the end, stripping off plastic covers and handing out 1,000 medals! Monika Lavicska Roosa helped outside the mouth of Wolf Lake with the hydration station! The Celebrate Life Half Marathon was a truly inspiring race– running for my grandfather, grandmother, mother-in-law, and son who all battled cancer in one way or another. My signing up, must be given credit, where credit is due. ◇◇◇◇◇ Myriam: I could use you to volunteer at the water station at mile 12 Herbert: Man up Grodin! (So I chose to sign up at the last minute instead of helping with a water table! Thanks Herbie!
Rob – Nice job. The benefits of this race and your efforts with it are fantastic.
Stacey G – What an awesome event! Thank you Thank you for an exciting day. I didn’t think I would finish but the motivation and camaraderie received from everyone on the route was amazing!! I’m
So proud of you!!
Felicia – Myriam,
This was my first time at Celebrate Life…and it most certainly will not be my last! My absolute favorite event!! What an inspiring day!! I must tell you…I broke a rule, I was supposed to run the first leg of the relay,which I did,but was so inspired, I just kept on going! My legs are sore today, but man was it worth it!! I hope you can forgive me! Thanks again for such a great event!!
Phil – Thanks for all your work and keeping us informed about what was going on before and after the run.
I know it takes a lot of effort, time and stress.
You did a fantastic job.
Jerry – Btw – I love your event !!! You done good
Bonnie – Thank YOU for your endless hours to make the race such a success!
2015 COMMENTS ABOUT OUR RACE:
Kerri – I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to run in such an inspirational race.
After this winter’s weather, temps, ice, snow covered roads… I had considered backing out at the last minute due to lack of training (or actually, no training at all), but realized that this race is more then the word “race” per say. It’s about the struggles of our loved ones and strangers, and about persevering even in times of hardships. So I dug in my sneakers and pushed through. I am so happy that I did. The motivational miles brought tears to my eyes. The volunteers were cheery even standing in snow squalls.
So thank you, thank you for putting together a race that is for people, to not only help others, but to help those who participate to realize they too can push through any struggle.
Jackie G. – Great job as always Myriam. Despite obstacles, you always overcome them all. True Leader you are!
Jim B – and a good time had by all… you did a marvelous job.
Larry S- Myriam – What a great half marathon! I have run several half and a couple of full marathons and I must say that this was the best course I’ve run. It was so peaceful and serene especially when the snow was coming down hard. The participants were there for more than a run. They were there to support others. I will make this one of my annual events.
You (and the support staff) put on a FANTASTIC event!
Dawn – Hi Myriam, I just wanted to say thank you for everything. It was a terrific day!!! All the time that you and your team dedicate is very much appreciated.
Stephany E – Yes, Myriam, you did a fantastic job – I hope you will save yourself a bottle or two of the award wine for after Lent!
Bill T – Thanks Myriam! And thanks to all of the volunteers! First time at Celebrate! It was awesome! The snow was so much fun and a beautiful course. Everyone I met and raced with was so happy! Thanks again for the awesome post race “FEAST”. This was a blast! Peace 🙂
Gracia H – Thank you!! What a great race!!
Jodie R – It was great, love the names on the bibs! The best feel good race around!
Julie D – Thanks for a totally awesome race, really enjoyed the scenery . Thank you to all those volunteers that gave their time today, you are what keeps us going!
Keith M – Thank you for another great race!!!
William U – Thanks Myriam Loor for this great race
Bobby A– You nailed it, Myriam
Alicia D – Great race. Where can we find results.
Holley B- Thank you for a great race!!
Antonia G. Thank you for putting on such an amazing event. Great time…hills, snow, and all! Oh, and PS, the blue Gatoraid is my favorite. Was a refreshing treat.
Jennie D- Thank you! You are a wonderful person. I am so glad I found this race last year and came back to do it again! You make us all feel like friends. Thank you a million times for all that you do!
Tom B- That was a great race. I can’t wait to sign up for next year.
Kevin B – Celebrate Life 1/2 in Rock Hill, NY hosted by the Sullivan Hotel, Sullivan County. Great hospitality, post race lunch and timekeeping posted quickly, 1:45, will return Myriam, Race Director!
Exceeded 1,000! Myriam‘s volunteers and the Sullivan Hotel make this a fun destination race for NJ or NewRo clubs who want to get their Leprechauns in order, and run the relay, or 13.1M.
Stacy C – Awesome race and we all feel badass for running in what felt like a blizzard!!
Patricia B – Thank you for a great race and a memorable first half marathon for me…we do need to get together and discuss what “no significant hills” means wink emoticon Either way I loved it and was glad to be a part of something that provides so much more than just a fun race!
Tim S – This was the first time I did a half marathon. It was a lot of fun and for a great cause despite snow squalls and only one Porta potty.
Roodley P – as much as I hate those rolling hills on the monster course God willing I’ll come back for the 3rd time next year for sure. I hurt my hamstring on mile 10, but had to remind myself theirs survivors who can’t even run today, so quitting was NEVER an option for me See you next year.
Amy B – Even though I couldn’t be there I want to thank you for putting together this great race! What you do is so special and a blessing and I look forward to doing it next year Lord willing God bless you!
Danielle B – Thank you again for a wonderful race Myriam. You are most definitely a super awesome race director. I found myself all choked up as I came around the memory mile the second time. I remembered that no matter how difficult the course is, there are things in life that are so much more difficult.
Jodie R – Thank you Miriam, you are why it happens in the first place.
Tara P – Myriam, all of the volunteers, ORC and Strider volunteers, Outback, ETC…. Thank you for taking the time to make the race more special than it already is. And to all of the survivor runners and walkers great job…you are the reason why we ran today.
Essie R Thank you for an awesome snow filled race!! Myriam, you and your volunteers put on an amazing event, thank you!!
Denise K – Thank you. You are a wonderful person. Thank you for a terrific running event &, most importantly, for helping so many cancer patients in need. ❤️
Dottie L- Thank you for all your hard work!
Andrea R – thank you for your hard work putting together such a great race for a cause. I enjoyed it very much!!!
Jacklyn T – Thank you.
Kacey Hands down the mission of this race and YOU as a race director will make these hills worth coming back to next year!
Joe W – Great race Myriam…Great race! Many thanks to you, the sponsors, and the volunteers…Well done smile emoticon
Tony T – Great event, Myriam
Janelle -Great race. Thank you!!
Charmaine- great time. Thanks
Erina – Thank you so much Myriam for all the work you do for this amazing and fabulous half. It was so cool to get my medal from you at the end of the race !!!!!!
Angie F- Thank you for a great race today Myriam! Next time if you could check with Mother Nature about not throwing us a blizzard in the middle that would be great 🙂
Raelee- Thank you so much for a great race!!
Suze S – Great race Myriam Loor! After I come back from Florida, we will get together ( maybe lunch) and would love to have you sign my book! Thank you for all of your hard work and the volunteers! I love you!
Mandi – Everything really went smoothly, other than the snow…. Coulda done without the snow. Can you get that fixed for next year (LOL)!?
Pamela G – Great job AGAIN! Thank you to you and all of the volunteers! It truly was a Celebration of Life! We will be back next year for our 6th time!
Monika – I am so glad that I was able to be a part of all the love and positive energy. I met the greatest people today. I don’t know where you find these people! You’re amazing! It was an absolute pleasure to volunteer for your event! Can’t wait to do it again next year. Xo
Christinne – Great race! So happy to have been a part of it again this year – nice work! Thank you for all you do!
Jared K – Another great job Myriam, can’t wait till next year. Well actually I can’t get of the couch so I guess no rush.
Rene W – Thank you for having an amazing race! This was my first time running it, but it won’t be my last!
Crystal V- Thanks for all YOU do. Awesome time.
Pinda – For all that you bring to this event, for all the volunteers, thank you.
Tanya – I just wanted to thank you for all of the work you have put into The Celebrate Life Half Marathon! I competed today in the half today, but was disappointed when I went into the Sullivan to find absolutely no food left! I was so hungry, I asked one of the servers from Outback when they would be putting more out and they said they brought enough of 1000 people and were out! I couldn’t understand this being there were somewhere around 800+ runners/walkers, I also noticed numerous non participants eating what should have been something I was promised at the finish! I just feel that I wasn’t promised what was in my entry fee, perhaps because I wasn’t as fast as the others.
Also, I purchased a sign for the Motivational mile for my Mom Janice Cowen, I received your email to confirm the spelling and responded that it was correct but, when I saw it at mile 11, her name was spelled incorrectly. It read, Janice Cohen.
Other than that, I enjoyed the race!
Elizabeth T – Awesome race, thank you Myriam Loor!
Beth P – Myriam Loor this was a wonderful race!! Thank you for all that you do for this cause that, sadly, touches so close to home for so many of us. Thank you for your hard work!
Gayle H – Thank you Myriam for a wonderful race and all the time and love that you put into making it happen!
Michelle D – t was a great run!! Thank you for all of your hard work, very much appreciated!!
Laura H – Thank you for all you do Myriam Loor! This is my second year running this amazing race. This year was tougher for me and I forgot how many hills there were. The mini blizzard made it more interesting for sure! As a survivor, I am so happy to be able to help others fighting cancer. Thank you for an amazing day, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!!
Zoe A – Always a great event!!! Thank you for everything!
Mike – Mariam, Just a quick note to say thank you for the race today. Every thing ran very smoothly and I had a lovely day.
Patti P- You did an amazing job against all the odds of limited training and the blizzard ❤️❤️. An amazing accomplishment by all the Participants and looking forward to next year.
Dennis S- Miriam I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that the 9 runners from my running club HILL RUNNERS OF HUNTERDON from Western NJ were very impressed with todays run. When I got back to the car after the race (I am the slowest, so I am the last to finish) first question I asked was Not their time, but what did you think of the course. All said it was CHALLENGING (and that’s a good thing). Western NJ is full of hills, but this was different for them.
The snow squalls, and wind we experienced around the 5 mile marker was quite an experience. I am convinced that this is how our loved ones in heaven reached out to us today. They wanted to mix it up a bit, and let us know they were watching us.
Anyhow, We’ll all be back next year, and maybe a few more of us will take the Rock Hill challenge. You did a great job once again. I know that you gave up wine for lent, but did you ever hear of special dispensation on Sunday’s during lent. I think it’s an italian custom that my family followed. You owe it to yourself.
See ya next year.
Joe B- Awesome day out there AGAIN this year. Great job Myriam!
BM- I would just like to inform you that when we finished the race today there was no food left. Its a little frustrating paying for a race & being told you will be fed at the end to find out that’s not true. The 3 people I was with felt the same. I understand that the food is offered to non race members for a fee but in the future maybe they can set aside enough meals for all the racers before offering to nonrace people. Being offered a free appetizer from outback doesn’t quite supplement the disappointment we felt at the end of the race.
Reply from RD- Hi Bonnie,
I am sorry for your disappointment. The Outback food is a donation as was the ziti that was outside, it is not something that comes out of participants entry fee. We ask participants to be understanding if food runs out. The OB is very generous to offer a free appetizer after. As I runner who has done many marathons paying over $200 and I have gotten no food or an energy bar or a chocolate milk, I feel Celebrate Life Half Marathon offers a lot for the fee.
Again, I am sorry for your disappointment. We try to feed as many people as we can. Sometimes we don’t quite make it.
Robert K – In conclusion today was a great day. All the hard work paid off and a goal was met. I would like to thank the race director Myriam Loor for another amazing race. She puts so much effort keeping us runners informed months leading to the race. Also I can’t say enough about the volunteers at the water stations. They battled the cold and snow for us runners to do what we love. And they were spot on the whole race. You men and women are the best. Last but not least I want to thank my amazing sister Kimmy Liesl for having the shirt in memory of our brother made. It was absolutely incrediblely done. Finally for me, I learned a very important lesson today. And that is that running has a much deeper meaning to me than I ever realized. For the first time since my brother passed I feel I have done something constructive about his loss instead of being sad, depressed, or angry. I helped in the fight against cancer. I want to and will do more in the fight against cancer. But fighting cancer starts just like a half marathon. “With a single step” And I took that step today.
David R. Thank you Miriam for organizing such an inspiring race. While one of the last hills was tough, the signs dedicated to loved ones inspired me even more to finish the climb and race strong. My hats off to you and all the other volunteers, runners and sponsors.
Shira R- Thank you so much for this opportunity to #runforacause! What a great time I had today. Thank you for the work you do to help families with cancer. I am thankful everyday for the fact my mother had an opportunity to prepare for when she got sick. So many people are not that fortunate. She would be proud of this race and the fact that she was remembered today.
Karen M- Thank YOU for doing such a great job putting it on!!
Carol A – This is my 3rd Celebrate Life Half Marathon and by far the most emotional: from the tears at the Honor Mile to the laughter when the blizzard really hit hard. Myriam Loor, you and your team did a phenomenal job! Thank you
Shanna B – Thank you Miriam! Congratulations on a great race! 5th year today doing it and it is my favorite! One of the best run races I’ve ever been too.
Lisa J – Thank you for a great time today:-). Our second year and we will be back next year:-)
Melanie T – Really perfect race!!!!!! Such fun and great group of people. Saw so many people I know.
Deb H – Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Thank you Myriam Loor for AGAIN putting together an event that impacts so many and is an enriching and fun (even with the brutal hills) event. Lots of prayers for you out there today.
Victoria – Such an amazing day….Celebrate Life year #3 in the books. Thank you so much Miriam!!
Darlene – Thank-you again for letting me switch to an earlier start… Another well run race…You are the best!
Star W – Another successful race, thank you Myriam, you are not only a very cool RD you amaze us each year with your ability to pull off this wonderful event for such a worthy cause. Bless you sweet lady*
Anne M – Thanks again Miriam for a wonderful race day!! Congrats to everyone !
Bill B – Can’t tell you how glad I was to drag my ass out to run 7.5 today; the raw emotion of so many finishers as I waited to photograph my friends coming in was a testament to the power of this race and a true celebration of life. Thank you, Myriam.
Rosie Decker – You rock.
Peggy – Thanks so much for a great race today! I ran the relay with my daughter. We had a great run and enjoyed the course! The mini blizzard at the transition point was fun too. We will be back!!
Douglas S – Thank you Myriam, volunteers, sponsors and everyone else that make this race happen. Another great event and what a special treat having a blizzard in the middle of it! That was about the only weather condition I hadn’t raced in. Now I can say I’ve raced through it all! I don’t know how you managed it, but thanks for adding it in. .. 🙂
Eileen G – Finished my third walking half marathon… Looks like 4hrs 3 min… A little snow got in my way!!
Susan S – Snow, Hills, mile 12 beer toast, medal, done. As always, amazing job Myriam. Thank you!
It was a great race! I am coming off an injury so I struggled a bit at the end after all those hills but I’m looking forward to racing it again. Beautiful course, friendly volunteers, and very convenient start/finish at hotel. I especially liked the short blizzard. Looks like others agree! 🙂 Can’t wait to wear my CLHM fleece.
Kelly C – It was a great race! I am coming off an injury so I struggled a bit at the end after all those hills but I’m looking forward to racing it again. Beautiful course, friendly volunteers, and very convenient start/finish at hotel. I especially liked the short blizzard. Looks like others agree! 🙂 Can’t wait to wear my CLHM fleece.
Jean V- Hats off to Myriam Loor For a amazing race once again.. The elements were torture .. Snow squalls.. Windy as hell.. Terrible footing .. And Cold!!..and It the slowest half marathon in the books for me… But it is about that today .. It’s about people coming together for a Great cause.. !!!! thank you to every volunteer that makes this possible.. Here’s to raising lots of money for everyone who is battling cancer!!!.. And for Rosa who carried me when I was suffering today.
Dennis T- Great job as usual Myriam. You get the volunteers, runners, walkers and everyone from the community out here supporting this cause. I believe it’s because so many are touched by it and how the monies are disbursed. I’m proud to be a small part of it all.
Norm A – Myriam, as usual, you did a terrific job! A great race for walkers. I even enjoyed the unplanned snow squall! (Though I was thankful it didn’t last too long.)
Jennifer L – wrote: “Yes, Myriam.. We runners we laughing…(about the snow) We couldn’t believe it! Loved the wine and donuts table at mile 12.
Tammy- I don’t know about everyone else, but I thought that the “treats” at the last aid station were awesome. What a fun idea! It only added to the great spirit of the event.
Such efforts. The volunteers are amazing……standing in the cold with drinks and cheers of motivation…was so great!!! Loved when they called me by name……the most touching was the motivational mile and the reaction from runners as they passed by. Thank you!!!
Kelly R- Hi Myriam, I am sorry it has taken me this long to contact you but I want to thank you for all of your efforts. I am from Long Island and run races regularly- 5K, 10k and half marathons. I have to say your race is my favorite. It’s a beautiful course and everyone there is so friendly. I can only imagine how much work is involved and really appreciate it.