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Old 02-09-2008, 11:04 AM   #1
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History of the WISH Team

With all the discussion of the WISH team shirts, I thought it might be time to recap the history of the WISH team. The original team formed in 2004. It was the idea of several bright women who thought that training to walk the WDW 1/2 marathon would be a great way to stay motivated and lose weight. I joined the team in June 2004. Most of us had been couch potatoes who had never even completed a 5K in our lives. For the most part, we were overweight housewives and mothers with dreams of a Donald medal. We trained together over the internet and corresponded over weekly training threads. We read John Bingham and were inspired to have the courage to start.

Here is the photo from the first-ever WISH Team meet in January 2005:



The first official team shirt was simply an iron-on design created by Auntmeme (Maryellen). WISH team members downloaded the design and created their own cotton t-shirts. Here's the front:


Here's the back:


We started as strangers and ended up as friends. That is what the WISH Team is all about. Since 2004, the WISH Team has grown by leaps and bounds. We have women AND men of all different ages and fitness levels. What holds us together is our dedication to fitness and our undying support for each other.

Because of WISH, I now have 2 Donald medals, a Minnie medal, a Castle medal, and my crowning acheivement, a Mickey medal. WISH gave me the courage to start and changed my life for the better. For that I will always be grateful.
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:21 AM   #2
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Fabulous post, Heather!
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:55 AM   #3
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Wow - how inspirational!

Thank you for posting this for all the newbies like me!

PS - What is the Castle Medal???
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:06 PM   #4
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Great post!!!!!
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:58 PM   #5
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Thanks for the great post!

(and the castle medal is from the disneyland 1/2 marathon)

I really love the "we will not be swept" with the brooms-- very cute and creative.
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:20 PM   #6
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Awesome post Heather! Thank you for sharing the teams start with us.
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:41 PM   #7
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Heather: Very nice post; thank you. I hope everyone will give it a read.
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:19 PM   #8
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Heather:Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing. I love the "we will not be swept"
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Old 02-09-2008, 04:06 PM   #9
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Oh my gosh I just realized I saw some of you down there! Dh and I (and our two friends that we plan on running the ToT 13K with) went down to Disney and checked in at the Allstar Movies the day of the race in January of '05 - we didn't even know what it WAS at the time, but we saw all of these people in running gear with their medals, and I saw someone with THAT SHIRT and figured it out!
How serendipitous!
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Old 02-09-2008, 06:02 PM   #10
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Oh my gosh I just realized I saw some of you down there! Dh and I (and our two friends that we plan on running the ToT 13K with) went down to Disney and checked in at the Allstar Movies the day of the race in January of '05 - we didn't even know what it WAS at the time, but we saw all of these people in running gear with their medals, and I saw someone with THAT SHIRT and figured it out!
How serendipitous!
So we may have met! That is a fun thing to hear. We have come a long way and it just keeps getting better.

I am proud of our WISH Team, our spirit, our support.

That year was also the birth of our WISH Team cheer:

Thunder, thunder, thunderation!
We're the WISH Team delegation.
When we move with determination,
We create a Great! sensation.


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Old 02-09-2008, 09:57 PM   #11
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WISH ROCKS


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Old 02-09-2008, 09:58 PM   #12
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Thanks for posting this Heather! You guys were such a huge inspiration to me!
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:24 PM   #13
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Thank You

Thank you Heather I think people need to be reminded of our roots. I remember back when the Weekly thread you had to search for on the Main WISH forum. My how just three years changes everything.
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:45 AM   #14
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Fantastic!

BTW, that is the cutest back!
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:47 AM   #15
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Thanks for posting this, Heather. I never knew "our" roots!
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