‘Superheroes’ train for new mission

They call themselves the Superheroes and they are on a mission to raise money for a “super cause.”

Twins Erika and Elysia Eifler and their best friend Shannon Yandall grew up in Ramona, attending kindergarten through high school here, and are training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

From left, “Superheroes” Erika Eifler, Shannon Yandall and Elysia Eifler are dressed and ready for a mission to help others. Photo courtesy of Erika Eifler

“We have the choice to put ourselves through this pain, others do not,” they say on their web page.

Their goal is to raise $5,300 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in the 26.2-mile race that starts in downtown San Diego June 1.

To prepare for it the 2005 Ramona graduates have become involved in Team in Training, an endurance sports training program. “It’s kind of a great support group for people who want to help each other,” said Erika Eifler.

All three have had loved ones battle cancer. Through their involvement with Team in Training they have connected with others who share personal stories of cancer experiences, either their own or of loved ones.

While this will be their first marathon, they have participated in other fundraisers, including the breast cancer walk, the obstacle course Tough Mudder race for the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Spartan Race for Home for our Troops.

Erika Eifler said of their team name, Superheroes: “Yes it may be a little cheesy but — hey, that’s us. A bunch of cheese balls who like to have fun during our races and dress up like…you guessed it…Superheroes.”

To learn more or to donate, visit pages.teamintraining.org/sd/rnr14/superheroes.

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