Haas Blog: ‘Don’t Feel Bad If You Get Passed By A Tomorrow Chaser’

By Mark Haas

If you are running the Denver Rock-N-Roll half marathon this year, don’t feel bad if you get passed by one of the Tomorrow Chasers from Transamerica.

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The main sponsor of this year’s race has chosen 5 of its employees to start at the very back of the pack of the October 16th race, and for every ┬árunner they finish ahead of, the Transamerica Foundation will donate $1 to the American Heart Association.

But that’s not the only motivation for the two Tomorrow Chasers I had the pleasure of meeting.

CBS4's Mark Haas talks to Vanessa Diaz of Transamerica (credit: CBS4)

CBS4’s Mark Haas talks to Vanessa Diaz of Transamerica (credit: CBS4)

Vanessa Diaz is running for her mother, who died suddenly from a heart attack last April while on her first visit to Colorado from Bolivia, to be there for her grandchildren’s prom. Vanessa has never run a half marathon before, but took on the challenge to honor her mom’s strength and courage.

CBS4's Mark Haas talks to Andrew MacQueen of Transamerica (credit: CBS4)

CBS4’s Mark Haas talks to Andrew MacQueen of Transamerica (credit: CBS4)

Andrew MacQueen is also running his first half-marathon, and his inspiration is his daughter,┬áRiley, who had heart surgery at 9 months, but is now a happy and healthy 12-years-old. Andrew said he’s excited and nervous about the 13 miles, but eager to make Riley proud.

Best of luck to Vanessa, Andrew and the entire Tomorrow Chasers team!

Mark Haas is a sports anchor/reporter for CBS4. Read his bio or follow him on Twitter @markhaastv or on Facebook.

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