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Bobby Vandalore

Bobby Vandalore has been a Run For Our Sons team member since 2015, running 5 half marathons in honor of his son Anooj. With the support of his family, friends and co-workers at Cisco Systems, Bobby has raised nearly $125,000 in 2 short years. Meet Bobby.

Why did you choose to join the Run For Our Sons team?
I joined the RFOS team since I wanted to raise money to fund research to fight Duchenne. It will help my son Anooj (11 years)Bobby Vandalore and other boys like him. The fundraising campaign also helps in raising awareness of this rare disease. This year, my older son Abhinand (14 years) also joined the team to run for his brother. It is great fun to run the races in Disneyland. The kids and the whole family have a great time in the theme parks, and we get a chance to meet other families.

How many races have you participated in?
I have participated in five half-marathons for the RFOS team. I did Disneyland and Avengers in 2015, Marin County and Disneyland in 2016, and Disneyland in 2017.

How do you prepare for races?
I start training about three months before the race. I follow a typical half-marathon training schedule, of short weekday runs and long weekend runs. Last two years, I am also following Jeff Galloway's run-walk method.

Do you have any fundraising and/or training tips you would share with other runners – either advice someone gave you or something you’ve discovered on your own?
For my first race, I sent the fundraising email to my colleagues only in my immediate group. I got the overwhelming response both in donations and kind words. For subsequent races, I have sent emails to a wider audience within my company (Cisco Systems) and have got a great response. My advice is to reach out to as many people as possible. You will be surprised by how supportive they are.

What will be the first thing you do when you finish your next race?
I will be signing up for the 5-minute massage after the race. Then, I will be looking for my family at the meeting area.


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