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Thank you for your interest in Team COCI. Team COCI is an easy way for you to get involved and make a difference for the children we serve. Pick one of our events below and click the JOIN TEAM button to set up a fundraising campaign to spread awareness and raise funds for our programs. Walkers are welcome.

It’s not just about you raising funds we want you to let the kids support you to your finish line. When you create your campaign story include a personal goal with your community along with why you are making a difference with COCI. You might be out to win your age group, set a PR, or it might be just crossing the finish line. When you share your goals your community holds you accountable.

It’s fun! If your event is not listed below let us know and we will add it.

You don’t have to run, bike, or tri. Just let us know what you want to do and we will provide you with a page. Be as creative as you can be. Bowling, Lemonade Stand, Golfing, Wedding Registry, are just a few ideas.

Thanks for supporting COCI in making a difference.         

Ironman Texas
May 19, 2012
 The Woodlands, TX

Hello!!  Thank you for visiting my Reason2Race page :) 


On May 19th, I will be participating in a full Ironman distance race – Ironman Texas. The Ironman distance consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run! 


I have chosen COCI as my Reason2Race again this year.  I'm hoping you'll join me again in helping to make a HUGE difference in the lives of children all over the world, and right here in Houston! 


I am truly inspired and motivated by the kids of COCI – from Kenya, Israel, Mexico, Serbia, Bosnia, and the US.  These kids face adversity and heart ache nearly every day, yet produce some of the biggest and brightest smiles I've ever seen...  I am honored to be a part of this amazing organization, and overjoyed in helping make lives better.  I urge you to watch the COCI video and gain a better understanding of what we're working towards.


You can help too!!  Donating is simple and secure, and greatly appreciated :)  If you're thinking about racing (or already race), whether it be a 5k, 10k, Sprint Tri, etc.; you can also join my and Team COCI - just click "Join My Team" to get started!


2012 is going to be a GREAT year!!  I'm looking forward to all your love and support along this journey, and I'll be keeping you updated on my fundraising, training and racing progress through my Facebook group -!/groups/kgCOCIjourney/


Best Regards, 


a.k.a. KG, K Marie, Special K :)


Donations2Date: $3,696

Donor Donation Amount Donation Date Comment
Christopher Clark $25.00 6/3/2020 You can do it!!
Kendra Garroutte $300.00 7/2/2012 On behalf of my amazing parents!! Thank you :)
Gabrielle Baumeyer $50.00 7/2/2012 Rockstar Kendra! Way to go!
Carmen Osterhues $25.00 5/18/2012 Good Luck!! You're going to do awesome!
Keith Owen $50.00 5/18/2012 Hang tough!
Mario Silva $200.00 5/18/2012 on Cory's head
Mark Talanker $100.00 5/17/2012 Be strong! Good luck! We are proud of you! Thank you!!
Edward Hernandez $50.00 5/17/2012
Joseph Elkhoury $100.00 5/17/2012 visualize the finish line! good luck! and thank you Kendra
Joyce Wheeler $20.00 5/17/2012 Good Luck! Keep up the good work.
Ross Dawkin $50.00 5/15/2012 Madness - but good luck
Shellie Patton $50.00 5/15/2012 Can't wait to have a drink with the newest member to the Ironman club!
Rachel Garza $25.00 5/14/2012 So proud of your training and fundraising!!
michel remy $100.00 5/14/2012 You may not be well trained for excel, but for swimming, riding and running you are the best.
Melinda de la Torriente $100.00 5/13/2012 Can't wait to cheer you on next Saturday! Go Super K!
Deborah Hathaway $100.00 5/13/2012 Breathe...just breathe!
Sumeet Rai $50.00 5/10/2012 You are awesome - so proud of you!! Can't wait to cheer you on!!
Alain Desiderato $75.00 5/8/2012 Watch out for crocogators in the water!
Terry Woods $75.00 5/8/2012 Okies rule
Brian Surratt $50.00 5/7/2012 Git er done!
Aghogho Udi $60.00 5/7/2012 You rock...Goodluck
aaron scollard $40.00 5/7/2012 good luck :-)
LEDARRE ZEIGLER $100.00 5/7/2012 GO COACH !!!!!!
Marianne & Garry Macejewski $100.00 5/7/2012 Kendra, you are an inspiration!!
Doug Keathley $50.00 5/5/2012
Beverly Maxwell $50.00 5/2/2012 Go get 'em Kendra! You're awesome!
Karen Meyers $25.00 4/30/2012 So proud of the work you are doing!
Janeth Jaimes $100.00 4/26/2012 Go for it Kendra and thanks a lot for sharing your energy and good spirit with the group!
David A Audelo $50.00 4/26/2012 Good Luck!
thuan phan $49.99 4/25/2012 wait a minute this isnt
Mike Donovan $70.30 4/25/2012 Go KG! I'm in for fittee a mile
Cesar Marroquin $50.00 4/25/2012
Michael Barney $50.00 4/20/2012
bill tommaney $50.00 4/14/2012
Larry & Barbara Collier $25.00* 4/5/2012
Russell Sollock $30.00 4/4/2012 Keep up the hard work and congfratulations for making a difference
Robby Rasco $100.00* 3/28/2012
IRMAN RUMADJA $100.00 3/27/2012 go KG go, yohoo!!
Roy & Cindy Wallace $144.00 3/26/2012 When you're raised in Oklahoma, no one can beat you! GO KG
Ellisha Brown $25.00 3/9/2012 Have Fun!
Karen Newman $200.00 3/8/2012 Embrace the Journey!!
beau freyou $50.00 2/21/2012 go kendra go
Robin Smyth $40.00 2/21/2012 Didn't want to jinx ya. but here's the first $40 for your 40Km Olympic Distance :-)
Jorge Trebino $50.00 2/20/2012 You are awesome KG
Kayce Shae $50.00* 1/27/2012
RaeAnn Cantelon $20.00 1/26/2012
Michael-James Hey $50.00 1/18/2012 Way to go Kendra, I expect to see you chasing me down as we hit the run in IMTX ;-)
jon gilchrist $70.30 1/12/2012 You Rock KG
Christopher Clark $20.00 1/11/2012 Keep it up!!
Gregory Nassar $140.60 1/10/2012 Get 'em Iron Chica
Kendra Garroutte $140.60 1/10/2012 Let's Do This!
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