While I spend my days as part of a strategic marketing team, I am readily available to form new client partnerships on a freelance basis.

Interested in working with me? You can reach me here.

Tuesday
Nov172015

Race recap and thank you!

I can't believe it's already been two weeks since I ran and FINISHED the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon with the Athletes to End Alzheimer's (ATEA) team. What an experience—one that I will never forget!

Race weekend was such a memorable weekend in NYC for me. I was lucky enough to have my entire family travel from around the States to the city to support me and watch me run. Not only did they support me by donating to the Alzheimer's Association they were there on Sunday, November 1 cheering me on. What a feeling that I will remember for a long time to come.

My race did not go as planned. I had high hopes for the race, but the marathon and the bridges (read: elevation) got me good. I had a lofty goal of 3:30 but finished with a respectible 3:57. When I arrived at Union Square to board the ATEA team busses to Staten Island, I was overwhelmed with the sight of some 130 runners all in purple ATEA jerseys, ready to run 26.2 for their loved ones and those needing support.

The first half of the marathon was a blur. The adrenaline and the screaming fans in Brooklyn made the first 14 miles fly by. But the Queensborough Bridge from Queens into Manhattan shredded my legs. At that point I knew I was in for a long 10-mile finish. Coming down 1st Ave I was anxiously countingdown the blocks watiing for the first Alzheimer's Association cheer station and to see my family. What a boost that gave me as I rounded the top in the Bronx and made my way back in to Manhattan and down 5th Ave where I got to see them again as I was about to enter Central Park. At this point I was in so much pain my only goal was to just keep running. And that I did.

Even though my race did not go as planned, this experience could not have been any better. To be a part of somethign so much bigger than myself and my 3:30 goal was worth the pain and mental toughness it took to finish the race. Knowing that this team of 130 have raised nearly $600,000 to date is astonishing. Knowing that this money will help so many peopl who need it is why I ran this race. I know my Grandma didn't remember who I was in the late stages of the disease, but I know she remembers me now and has the biggest smile on her face.

To the more than 60+ people who contributed to my fundraising campaign: THANK YOU! I could not have done this without you. I am honored, humbled and ever grateful for your generosity in supporting me, my family and this mission to end Alzheimer's.

The fight is not over. I have until the end of the year to raise additional funds—crucial funds—much needed by the Association. The Alzheimer's Association is able to keep their programs free of charge and to advance research because of you. Your contributions make a difference. 

Words cannot adequatly express my gratitude to all of you. Thank you.

Brad

Donate now!


Thursday
Oct012015

T-Minus 31 days!

It's October 1st today, meaning 1 month—31 days—until the NYC Marathon!

I've been training for over 11 weeks for the race. I completed my first 20 mile run of the training plan this past Sunday and it couldn't have gone better. I am focused and ready for the streets of New York City!

As I write this, I am $30 short of $5,000! I am beyond ecstatic to be approaching the $5,000 mark knowing that I will surpass it any day now. I could not have done it without the support of my family, friends, coworkers and those who have been affected by this awful disease. If you've been putting off donating, NOW IS THE TIME! 

I know I will be overwhelmed with emotion and memories of my Grandma Betty come race day. She is the reason I am running. The reason I fundraise. The reason I champion to raise the crucial funds the Alzheimer's Association needs. She was an amazing person and I miss her dearly. I know that one day we will have a cure!

Will you please help #ENDALZ?

Donate now!

Monday
Aug242015

Thank you!

A sincere thank you to all the donors and everyone who attended the Bier fundraising event on Saturday.
We raised nearly $1,400!

THANK YOU: Jerry at Bier Brewery, G.T. South's BBQ, Whitney at Fitness Lab Indy, AJ at Grant Your Soul Massage, Brian and Joe at Hayes & Taylor, Stephanie Rice at Conrad Indianapolis, Cooper's Hawk Restaurant + Winery, Dr. Phillips at Furr Pet Spa, CNO Financial Group and my parents. Without your generous donations, this event would not have been possible.

Now that I have surpassed my original $4,000 fundraising goal I have upped the ante to $5,500 and am looking forward to hitting that come November 1.

Please stay updated with my training and fundraising here at bradellenwood.com/alz and crowdrise.com/bradellenwood.

Thank you!

Wednesday
Jul152015

Fundraising party!

SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015 7-9 P.M.

After losing my grandmother to Alzheimer's in 2012 I have made it my mission to be an advocate for the Association and raise crucial funds to fight this devastating disease. The Alzheimer's Association provides free services—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

I am hosting a fundraising party on Saturday, August 22nd at Bier Brewery for a fun evening filled with drinks, food provided by G.T. South's Rib House, music and fundraising for the Alzheimer's Association.

Giveaways include: 

• Indianapolis Colts—club level—tickets
• Bier Brewery gift-pack
• Fitness Lab Computrainer packages
• Conrad Indianapolis—free night stay + valet parking
• Furr Pet Spa—Day at the Spa—package
• Grant Your Soul Massage certificate
• Cooper's Hawk Lux Wine Tasting for 4
• Chicago Cubs tickets
• Indianapolis Indians tickets
• Hayes & Taylor gift-pack 

...and more!

$20 Admission 
Includes 1 free beer + 1 raffle ticket

Additional raffle tickets are $10/ea or 3/$25 
Stack the deck in your favor!

$5 Pints of Bier
A percentage of sales will be donated!

Want to attend?
Saturday, August 22, 2015 7-9pm at Bier Brewery + Tap Room, 5133 E 65th St, Indianapolis 

Can't attend but would still like to make a contribution?
DONATE HERE NOW!

Did you know? 

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.
  • 1-in-9 older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 1-in-3 seniors who die in a given year has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • In 2014, Americans provided nearly 18 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Total payments for health care, long-term care and hospice are estimated to be $226 billion in 2015 for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The Alzheimer's Association provides FREE support to ANYONE who needs it. Yes, FREE! Your donations help support those in need!

Source: https://www.alz.org/facts/downloads/facts_figures_2015.pdf

Wednesday
Jul152015

Team Athletes to End Alzheimer's

Hello everyone!

As many of you know I am a runner. I have tackled many half-marathons over the past several years including the Chicago marathon in 2009. Running is truly a relaxing and rewarding hobby for me.

Also, some of you know I lost my Grandmother, Betty Ellenwood, to Alzheimer's a few years ago.

After her passing I decided to get involved with the local Alzheimer's Association chapter. I am ever grateful to them for what they do. I have raised funds for several Walk to End Alzheimer's, run a handful of half-marathons as part of their ALZ Stars and been lucky enough to lend my graphic design abilities to them for several awareness projects.

When I started to think about running another marathon several people told me "you have to run New York!" It's the largest marathon in the world, with over 50,000 runners starting on Staten Island and running through all 5 NYC boroughs ending in Manhattan's Central Park.

That was all I needed to hear. I was game! But getting in was the hard part. I knew I wanted to run with Team Athletes to End Alzheimer's. And after submitting my application last year, I was one of the select few to receive a spot on the team.

This is where you come in. I have an ambitious $4,000 fundraising goal to meet and I need your help. Your dollars will help fund the New York State chapter's 24/7 helpline, care consultations, support groups, education programs, research. All of the money I raise will help keep these services free to those that need them the most. 

Will you help make a difference in ending Alzheimer's? I have already pledged $200 of my own money and am looking forward to surpassing my goal. I know some people can give lots and some can only give a little. I have opted to keep my donation list dollar amounts private because every little bit counts!

 

Thank you from me and my entire family,

Brad Ellenwood

 

DONATE NOW: 

https://www.crowdrise.com/TeamALZ2015TCSNYCMarathon1/fundraiser/bradellenwood

Saturday
Oct082011

Santiago & Pucon, Chile

I was fortunate enough to get to go to South America for my brother's wedding in September. Here is the recap.

Justin and I flew down on Friday evening and arrived in Santiago on Saturday morning, the day of the wedding. Our hotel and the church were in the city center of Santiago. It was a great location. We spent the day in the hotel helping out getting last-minute wedding preparations together. Every guest received a bottle of wine as a parting gift (it's Chile, of course there would be wine and lots of it!) and we enjoyed some small plates while we worked.

Afterwards we headed down the street to Divina Providencia Catholic church for the ceremony. What I was not expecting was the entire ceremony to be in Spanish. And in Chile not only do they speak Spanish, they speak it very fast. Lucky for me I took French in High School so I knew absolutely nothing! :) Andrea, my brother's wife, looked absolutely stunning.

The next morning Justin, Matt and I went for a run up San Cristobal Hill to see the Virgin Mary statue at the top. The sweeping views of the city and the Andes mountains were breathtaking. Luckily there was a vernacular that we could take down (most people take it up as it's quite the climb). It was a great morning, followed by a relaxing afternoon at the hotel pool/spa.

Sunday, September 18th was Chiles' Independence Day. They take this holiday very seriously and celebrate with festivals, BBQ's and parades. We headed to one of the larger festivals and had a great dinner and entertainment. There was grilling, wine and dancing as far as the eye could see. Did I mention it was at the base of the Andes mountains? I also got to try blood sausage and intestine for the first time. The blood sausage was very good...the intestine well, I could do without, but glad I tried it.

The next morning, my family and Andrea's family all headed south to Pucon, Chile in Northern Patagonia. Pucon is a hub for all things adventure. There was a large lake for boating, a volcano for climbing (more on that later), plenty of national parks for hiking and natural thermal spas. Chile is an interesting country as it is very narrow and bordered on the East by the Andes mountains and on the West is the Pacific Ocean. You can ski and lay on the beach all in the same day. The scenery in Pucon was amazing, the food was even better and spending time with my family and getting to know Andrea's was priceless.

 

My brother somehow talked Justin, my other brother Matt and I into climbing Volcan Villarrica. An active volcano in Pucon. It's about a mile vertical climb and at the top it is about a 45 degree climb. It was exhilarating, challenging and rewarding once we got to the top. The views of Pucon and the Andes were unbelievable. You could even see other volcanoes in Argentina.

 When we got back to Santiago we headed to a few wineries. Our first stop was Concha Y Toro, one of the largest wineries in the world. We had a great private tour of the land and the facilities. We also got to sample a handful of wines. By the end we had a little buzz and ended up buying 9 bottles of wine. Carmenere is a blend of wine that only comes from this region of Chile. It's very smooth and might be one of my new favorites. We also stopped at another winery not as well-known, but more of a favorite with the locals. We ended up with a couple bottles from there as well.

On our last day in the city we took a stroll through the center of the city and stopped for lunch at the Mercado Central, an open-air fish market, for some fresh seafood. This was what I had been waiting for: Chilean seabass. I also had raw oysters on the half-shell for the first time. They were amazing. Mussels with melted gruyere. I had Chilean seabass topped with a slew of seafood drizzled in a butter/olive oil/white wine sauce. I ate ever bite. I was in heaven.

(Had to get a puma reference in there somewhere!)