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Run of the Mill/Day One-Bittersweet

The Run of the Mill to raise money and awareness for the Gateway Childhood Obesity Prevention programs kicked off yesterday. There was GREAT support from all the staff as many of them took their turn on the ‘mill. The members were also very supportive.

There were many ways the members and guests could show their support. There is a raffle for a two-year membership for the Grand Prize. Other prizes available were gift certificates to restaurants, car washes, florists etc. The drawing will be held on Friday, April 16th.

Other ways people could give was through donations and also by purchasing a “Run of the Mill” T-shirt. Stop by and give to the cause!!

Marcus and YWCA CEO Florence Corpening


The Run started at 6:00 a.m. and all was well. After a quick bathroom break, I settled into a good pace and was joined in the 7:00a.m. hour by our CEO,Florence Corpening. As always, Florence was there supporting her staff and the Gateway in all we do. It was an honor having her be the first “Guest Runner”!! Still on a great pace and with the AWESOME support of the Gateway family, I continued on. From 9:00a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Kim Gebbia and Nicole Ducouer joined me. Kim spent an hour and finished 7 miles. I was jealous watching her pace increase as mine stayed moderate and steady.

WXII 12’s Kim Gebbia


Kim got off the ‘Mill after her hour, having to head to a news story that was waiting for her in Davidson County. Again, thanks Kim for taking the time to stop by and participate.

Kim passed the “baton” to her WXII 12 colleague and YWCA board member,Nicole Ducouer. You can’t ask for a better board member than Nicole. Every time I have asked her to help with something she has, and she is so nice while doing it. Definitely a “cool” person. She got her run on and then also had a trip ahead of her to Virginia. Thanks for stopping by Nicole.

YWCA Board Member-Nicole Ducouer


This brought me to my first break and I had 23 miles under my belt,a pace that was actually ahead of schedule. When I stepped off the treadmill I felt GREAT!! Not just good, but really good, fresh with the body feeling like it has a lot more left in the tank.In my mind I start thinking all the hard work has paid off. I used the down time to hit Subway around the corner, so I could take my official “assistant” and Awesome son Cain, to get something to eat. I took that time to stretch, and when I got back, took a shower, changed and got ready for round two.

Round two started with me being joined by our Youth Wellness Coordinator, Hatti Taylor. Hatti is a trip!! She was the perfect person to help kick off round two. She keeps things light and relaxed.

Gateway Youth Wellness Coordinator-Hatti Taylor


Then the big gun came to the party. Iron Man Triathlete Mike Huddleston got on and clocked a quick 7.5 miles. He wasn’t planning on putting that many miles in since he had a swim meet he was participating in later that day, but when he saw how many miles Kim Gebbia covered, he took it as a “challenge” and proceeded to best the WXII news reporter. AWESOME!! And even though this sounds repetitive, Mike is always there supporting the things being done at the Gateway YWCA.

Iron Mike in action at the Gateway


 Now is where it started to get disappointing for me. I still had a decent pace going, but started to notice what felt like something was in my shoe,like a rock, or maybe my sock had slipped a little into the shoe and bunched up. I ran like that for about an hour and then at 3:00, got off and changed my shoes and socks. When I got back out to the treadmills, I was pleasantly surprised that I was being joined by our Member Services Director, Eurica Daniels, whom I affectionately refer to as “E-Money”. 

Eurica Daniels-Member Services Director


 She spent a little time on before having to get back to work. Once she left, all my attention focused back on my foot. It was throbbing, and I now knew it wasn’t a rock or my socks, but something going wrong with it. This was unchartered territory for me, since I hadn’t had any foot problems throughout my preparation for the run. I had a scheduled break coming up at 5:00, so I decided to walk for the last 20 minutes and then get off to see what my foot situation was. The problem was now that my left foot was hurting to the point I was putting more on my right foot, which started to do the same thing to it. 5:00 finally came,and I stopped for the break. I had 42 miles under my belt, still on pace for what I needed, and from the ankles up, I felt fairly good. I knew from the pain radiating out of my shoe, that my left foot was bad, but I didn’t want to admit how bad it was,so I tried to put on the brave face, telling myself I would be back after the break, knowing deep down that would be tough to do.

Some of The Gateway TEAM They are AWESOME!! Trevira, Eurica, Shelia, Renae and Charlie


 Being that my wife, Jennifer is a nurse, I knew if anything could be done about my foot she could do it. I met her at the house. I hadn’t taken my shoes off because I was afraid of what I was going to see.I took the right shoe and sock off and found a basic blister, but one that could be semi-tolerated if need be, as long as padding and precautions were taken. Now the left one. Taken the shoe off hurt, but not like a soreness, but more like a rawness. When i got the shoe off, my worst fears were realized, the left sock was blood-red on the entire bottom of the sock and when the sock came off, I had 2 blood filled blisters on the bottom of my foot, right behind the ball of the foot. The first words out of my wife, the nurses mouth was, “You aren’t running tomorrow.” Words I didn’t want to hear because I didn’t want to let myself or anyone else down, but words I had already told myself. The bright spot for me is the fact that other than my feet, the rest of me was fairly fresh considering I had just done 42 miles, and when I woke up today, the body was ready to roll, the feet just couldn’t answer the “bell” for round two.

The reason for this event was to raise awareness for our Childhood Obesity programs and that is why we will see this through ’til the end. Next week, all goes as planned minus the record. God willing, I will be back up on the treadmill Monday morning. Our Great sponsors will be there throughout the week, and we will persist, just like the YWCA always does. Thanks to Chick-Fil-A,Vitamin Water, Fox and Hound, Wright Chiropractic State Farm, Comfort Inn and Suites , Advocare and all our other sponsors for all they did and continue to do for the Gateway YWCA. See you Monday!!

About to start…


Eating on the Run


At the end-Talking about blisters with Michael from ABS


 If you know me, you know I like quotes and like to use them when I get a chance. I thought today, with only a few days left before the GATEWAY YWCA starts the Run for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity, I would share some of my favorite quotes:

My favorite quote is “Two men looked through prison bars, one saw mud, the other stars” but I have dozens that really mean something to me.

1) “It doesn’t matter how HIGH the mountain is, once you’ve climbed it you realize how LOW it was.”

2) “Wherever you go, go with ALL your heart.”

3) “DO NOT go where the path may lead; GO instead where there is no path and LEAVE A TRAIL.”


5) “GREAT things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

6) “If you’re already walking on thin ice, you might as well DANCE.”

and here are a couple from Lance Armstrong that are really appropriate

1) “If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to HOPE? We have two options; quit or FIGHT like #@&*!!”

2) “Pain is TEMPORARY. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but EVENTUALLY it WILL subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts FOREVER.” “

 and my new one,


Take care, Marcus


Join the YWCA Race for the Cure Team TODAY

The Gateway and Glade Street YWCA’s are putting together a Team to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k that takes place on Saturday, May 1st.  For anyone that hasn’t experienced the KOMEN, it is one of the most inspirational events I have ever been associated with. I highly recommend taking part in the event, and what better way to do it than to join us, the YWCA Gateway/Glade Street. It really is very simple to do.

First, go to Not only will this site give a much better, detailed description of what the Komen actual entails, it is also the way to get your registration started. Once you are on the site, click  JOIN TEAM and then type in YWCA and complete information required. If you can’t join on-line, then you can pick up an entry form at either YWCA location. Deadline for entering by paper is April 1st. Online deadline is April 15th. I truly hope to see everyone out there on May first. I’ll be there with the shoes laced tight!! If you have any questions, please contact Team Captain Betty Meadows at (336) 722-5138 ext. 232 Have a great weekend, Marcus!!


March Madness-Golden Girls Hoops at the Gateway YWCA

If you live in North Carolina, especially in this neck of the woods, you know that March Madness is upon us. The area hosted the Women’s ACC Tournament last weekend and this weekend the area is playing host to the Men’s ACC Tournament and the MEAC. And it has only just begun. The Gateway YWCA had a little March Madness of its own start-up this week. The kickoff of our Golden Girls Hoops was Tuesday morning and it was AWESOME!!!  Just to give everyone a little background on the Golden Girls Hoops, it all started a month or so ago. We were in the process of trying to get a men’s league up and running. We had several sign up sheets for the men, but the attempt fell flat on its face. Around that same time, Hatti Taylor and the staff  decided to get a sign up sheet going for any woman, 45 and older, that might be interested in Hooping in Up. The list of names grew and grew to well over 30. And the excitement grew as well. A love for basketball doesn’t go away as we age up each year. That was definitely evident Tuesday morning. Tip Off for the first Golden Girls practice was 11:30 that morning and by noon it was the talk of the entire Gateway YWCA. People were flocking into the gym to see the girls in action.

Gateway's own Robin Ervin takes a "J"

Gateway's Own Robin Ervin takes a "J"


The group ran drills, went through an organized practice, complete with a coach, and then scrimmage for the last bit of the session. This is one of two sessions that will take place each week. The other is Sunday. Plans are to have a day at the end of the “season” where all 4 teams get together to play and see who is the “Queen of the Courts”!! Honestly it was the COOLEST thing I had seen in a long time. A group of women getting together and having fun, playing a game they obviously love. Not worrying about who won or lost, just playing!! Let’s all try to remember how fun it used to be just to play, and get out and play something  you used to love  but haven’t  done in a while. Also, do yourself a favor and come by and watch the Golden Girls in action. If you fall into that age category and you are interested in playing, please contact the Gateway YWCA for more information. Enjoy the Madness!! Marcus


Spring is here?

After what seems like months of Winter Weather, the forecast is actually for 60 degree weather for the next few days. Hopefully, SPRING is here to stay. This is a perfect time to get out and experience the Gateway. Our Try-Tri program will be in full swing. This program allows you to experience a Triathlon without all the competitiveness that sometimes surrounds events of that nature. These Trial Tris will not be timed, so people can finish at their own pace, learn what takes place in the transitional areas and then determine if they will be ready for a “real” triathlon in the future. Training with our triathlon program will help some(ladies only) get ready for the Ramblin’Rose triathlon in August, hosted by the Gateway YWCA. More information can be found at the Gateway.

Don’t forget, another special event takes place in our neighborhood on May 1st. The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, a 5k to raise money for research in finding a cure for Breast Cancer is an INCREDIBLE event. The Gateway was the official registration site for the race last year, and we are REALLY looking forward to having the Komen back this year during the last 2 weeks of April.

Our award-winning summer camps are taking applications now, so don’t let the kids miss out on that, and don’t miss out on the Chris Paul camps as well.

The Gateway Bridge is open, so members can enjoy a walk on the Greenway before or after a swim in our aquatics Center, a workout in our fitness center, a game of hoops or after just stopping in for a visit.

And we are in the midst of planning several exciting things for the upcoming months. we hope you all have had a safe and enjoyable Winter and look forward to seeing you at the Gateway soon. Thanks, Marcus


Gateway YWCA Day at Chick-Fil-A/ 924 Hanes Mall BLVD

Chick-Fil-A ROCKS!! There are a lot of Fast Food Restaurants out there, but I can honestly say, since I have seen it first hand, Chick-Fil-A truly CARES about the community. For that fact, The Gateway Run of the Mill 168 is so thankful to have the Chick-Fil-A at 924 Hanes Mall Blvd. as the title sponsor of the event.

 Owner Todd Perkins, Marketing Director Kate Wittman and the entire Chick-Fil-A team welcomed us with open arms yesterday for our Official Kick Off in our partnership to fight Childhood Obesity. The Gateway YWCA was well represented with Zumba Instructors, Hoola Hoop experts (Trevira,Hatti and the Gateway HOOPERS) and our resident Iron Man Tri-athlete Mike Huddleston to assist customers anyway we could as they inquired about the YWCA at the Gateway. We had a blast, gave away some memberships and enjoyed a true COMMUNITY atmosphere!! PLEASE go see the crew at Chick-Fil-A on Hanes Mall Blvd. Tell them Marcus sent you. Be prepared, you will be treated RIGHT when you go, and I honestly believe them when they say it was “Their Pleasure”!! Take care, Marcus

 Here are some pictures from Gateway Night at Chick-Fil-A. Please enjoy and plan to be there for the next one!!

Eat mor chikin!! 

Zumba in the Playroom 

Gateway HOOPERS!!!!! 

Hatti, Cow, Marcus and Trevira 



Having a bad day??

It’s Friday, the weather is better than it has been, but it’s still cold and windy. Because of that, I hear grumbles and gripes, wishing for warmer weather. I admit, that has been my wish this week. Bills pile up, the kids are sick with the flu, gas prices are up, Stock Market down. The Carolina Tarheels are having an awful year, blah, blah, blah ,blah blah. It is really easy to talk yourself into having a bad day if you are not careful. So many negatives can creep up and bite you right on the …you know what. Well, for everyone reading this, let me say, TODAY IS A GOOD DAY!! Things could always be worse so enjoy and embrace THIS day you have unfolding before you. Trust me, things could be worse…

A Haitian man was being treated after being found in the rubble of a market 27 days after the earthquake Link to this video

A Haitian man who has been pulled alive from rubble in Port-au-Prince may have been trapped since an earthquake ­devastated the city 27 days ago. Evan Muncie, a 28-year-old rice vendor, was being treated in a US-run field hospital last night – a day after being discovered in the ruins of a marketplace which collapsed in the 12 January quake.

 He was malnourished, delirious and dehydrated but had no serious injuries, prompting astonishment at what could be the most remarkable survival story from the earthquake.

 Muncie reportedly told doctors that someone “in a white coat” brought him water while he was pinned down, but even after being rescued he appeared to think he was still under rubble and left gaps in his account.

 Relatives said he vanished when the magnitude-7.0 quake levelled Haiti‘s capital, killing more than 200,000 people.

 Experts said few people survived more than three days under rubble and on 23 January Haiti’s government declared an end to search-and-rescue efforts.

 It was unclear who found Muncie in Croix-des-Bossales seaside market, a ruin which has been looted and burned since the quake.

 The discovery astonished relatives, who assumed they would not see Muncie again. His mother told local reporters: “I thought he was dead, but God kept him from dying.”

 Doctors said the patient appeared disoriented and may have hallucinated during his ordeal. “Initially, I’m sure he had his senses with him, so maybe he was able to find some kind of resources,” Dr Mike Connelly, who was treating Muncie at the US field hospital, told CNN.

 Muncie must have had access to water while he was trapped, the doctor added, but may not have had food. “He was emaciated. He hadn’t had anything in quite some time. He had open wounds that were festering on both of his feet.”

 Dushyantha Jayaweera, of the University of Miami field hospital, told Reuters it was plausible that Muncie had been buried since the quake.

 “It is unusual but not impossible. He was quite dehydrated and he was wasted, so there are certain things that suggest that it’s true,” Jayaweera said.

 Until Muncie the last known survivor was Darlene Etienne, 16, hailed as a miracle girl after being pulled from rubble on 27 January.

WHAT A MIRACLE!!!! Don’t let your everyday problems take hold of you. Enjoy EVERYDAY and attack those problems with ALL GUNS BLAZIN’!! This day, like everyday, is YOUR day!! Enjoy, and live. And don’t forget to tell the ones you care about that you LOVE THEM!! From The staff of the Gateway, we all wish you a GREAT, WORRY FREE WEEKEND!! Come by and see us. Marcus

ps-Keep Haiti in your prayers, it’s obvious, the prayers DO WORK!!








faces of the gateway-IRONMAN Mike Huddleston

Well, today I have the pleasure of introducing you to another Face of the Gateway . His name is Mike Huddleston and he is a lifeguard at our Aquatics Center. That title doesn’t come close to covering all he does here at the Gateway YWCA. He also helps with our kids programs throughout the week and also runs our Triathlon Training Programs. If you are asking yourself, “Is Mike qualified to run that type of program?” Let me answer with a very definitive, loud YES!! Mike has finished 3 Iron Man Distance triathlons. The IronMan Distance is the INSANE distance. 2.4 mile swim, followed immediately by a 112 mile bike ride and then immediately finished off by a 26.2 mile run,which is a full marathon. Read below, in Mike’s own words, his IronMan experience in Florida.

IronMan Mike Huddleston

I completed my third Ironman Florida Triathlon (2.4 Mile Swim, 112 Mile Bike, and 26.2 Mile Run) on November 7th, 2009.  The race was held at Panama City Beach, Florida.  There were over 2500 people who started the race in a mass start.  Here are the details of the race week.

I arrived in Florida on Wednesday before the race so that I could get some practice in open water swimming in the Gulf of Mexico where the swim would be held and also a chance to get a chance to ride and run in the wind and heat of the area before race day.  The two days of swim practice were nice as typical the water was very calm and similar to swimming in a pool instead of the Ocean.  However that changed come race morning as a Hurricane was entering the Gulf and the surf became very choppy with 3-4 foot breakers and 6-7 foot swells on the swim.  There is nothing like starting a swim with over 2500 people all trying to get to the same place at the same time.  These types of swims you are just trying to watch the feet and arms of everyone so that you don’t get beaten up to bad before you can find some open space to swim in.  Even with the rough swim I still completed the swim in 1hr 8 min. and exited the water in the top 20% overall.

The bike turned out to be a little more difficult than expected as the winds form the impending hurricane and the warm humid air started to come in as well.  The winds were averaging between 15-20 MPH out of the east.  After the first 15 Miles we turned directly into the wind to ride the next 30 miles directly into a strong head wind that took everything you had just to maintain any kind of speed.  It was 65 Miles into the ride before we were able to get out the wind and still knew that the last 12 miles was once again going to be back into the wind to finish the bike segment of the race.  I averaged 20.5 MPH for the ride and was maintaining my top 20% overall after the bike.

 It was on the run that my day began to take a turn for the worst.  I began to develop a lot of soreness in the bottom of my feet after about 6 miles into the run and my run turned more into a walk than a run.  I was also experiencing signs of dehydration on the run do the temps being up close to 90 degrees and high humidity.  I finished in 12 hours 5 minutes and 12 Seconds.  I then went straight to the medical tent to get a bag of IV fluids to deal with the dehydration. 

Overall not a bad,  I didn’t get the run results that I was looking for but there is always next year as I am schedule to compete once in on November 6th, 2010

 The Gateway YWCA is extremely proud of Mike and his accomplishments!!! If you would like to take part in the Try TRI program at the Gateway YWCA, please contact Mike at (336) 354-1590 ext.307. Again, Congrats Mike!! marcus


Snow days

I guess you need to be careful what you wish for. I have lived in the Winston area for almost 6 years, and every winter I, along with my wife and son, wish for a snowy winter, and up until this year, we hadn’t really had a “GOOD SNOW”. Well, we have now. In a matter of 6 weeks the Triad has had 3 “events” as Laney Pope likes to call them. It has gone from fun and excitement to frustration and stir craziness!!

The Gateway staff is sure that everyone out there is feeling the same way, so we are in the process of planning a winter time “SUMMER DAY”at the Gateway YWCA. We will announce the day this upcoming week, along with details. Until then, enjoy the weather and definitely come in and enjoy the Gateway YWCA and all the new classes Trevira and the crew have added. We also are thrilled to now be an official site of the Silver Sneakers program. Call the Gateway at (336)354-1590 to find out details about these and all other happenings for the month of February. Stay safe, Marcus.


YWCA Mourns

Last week the YWCA family lost a loved one. Mrs. Sharon Chapman passed away after suffering an unexpected stroke. Mrs. Chapman was the sister of our CEO, Florence Corpening and the mother of Eurica Daniels, the Gateway YWCA’s Member Services Director and Brandon Perkins, also an employee, that works with our children’s programs. I didn’t personally know Mrs. Chapman, but I am pretty sure I know what kind of person she was based on the people I know that she left behind. I am pretty sure Mrs. Chapman was a strong, determined, compassionate woman. A leader. I know this because I know her sister, Florence. I am also sure of the fact that Mrs. Chapman was a great mother. I know this because I see Eurica, my friend and my co-worker, with her children. I see the love that beams from her anytime she talks about Erin or Trey. I also see that strength I mentioned before, and the compassion and the determination. It is not a coincidence that multiple people Mrs. Chapman was related to have these same qualities. I was actually lucky enough to speak to Mrs. Chapman on the phone during the Christmas Holidays. Eurica was on the phone with her when I came into her office acting crazy (crazy is an endearing term we use for other). When I found out who it was I asked Eurica if I could say hi to her and when I got on the phone I first told Mrs. Chapman her daughter was CRAZY!! After she laughed I told her she had an AWESOME daughter and she should be proud. She asked how much Eurica paid me to say that (HA). I meant every word of it, and am very glad I got to speak to her that day . Brandon, another member of the YWCA always has a smile on his face. He always speaks and he is a hard, dependable worker.I wonder where he got those qualities?? Mrs. Chapman had something to do with it, I’m sure!!

In these times of hurt, it is truly hard to find words to say. Of course, we would all like to take the pain away, but we can’t. What we can do is let Florence, Eurica, Brandon and the rest of Mrs. Chapman’s family know that we love you all, we have you in our prayers and are here if you need anything. In my prayers I will definitely say a special one to thank God for the time Mrs. Chapman was on this earth. It gave her time to leave behind a great legacy!! God Bless,Marcus


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