On November 4, I will be participating in the NYC Marathon to raise money through Team for Kids. I am looking forward to the challenge and will be especially motivated knowing that it will benefit such a worthy cause. Team for Kids is a team of adult runners who raise funds for critical services provided by New York Road Runners youth programs. This will be my fifth marathon and I am really looking forward to running through the streets of New York.
New York Road Runners programs help 267,000 students locally and nationally through free youth running programs, events, and resources. These programs promote healthy lifestyles and empower youth development via running and character-building programs in schools and community centers nationwide.
Your giving helps New York Road Runners youth programs:
- Serve 267,000 students nationwide – including 134,000 in New York City’s five boroughs – through free NYRR youth running programs, events, and resources.
- Engage students in long-term athlete development (LTAD), a lifelong journey that guides an individual’s experience in sports and physical activity to develop healthy minds and bodies for life.
- Help build the next generation of athletes by supporting coaches, educators, and fitness leaders with the tools they need to make a difference.
My goals are to complete the race and to meet my personal goal to raise $2620 for NYRR youth programs. You may choose to make a pledge of $10 or more. My fundraising page can be found here. Your donation is fully tax deductible and you will receive an email letter of acknowledgment for your tax records.
Wanna come with me as I run for Team for Kids?
A few years ago when I ran the Chicago Marathon, many of you donated to my fundraising effort resulting in this great shirt below! I am looking for 86 more people to donate $10 each which will take up ever single space on my running shirt this fall. I am currently at $1756 raised of my goal of $2620. My fundraising deadline is October 3, 2018.
Please join me in supporting this cause and get kids running toward a brighter, healthier future!
Hear from other Team for Kids members
“I went from non-runner to marathoner thanks to TFK! The training, the coaching, the tips and overall camaraderie can’t be beat.” – Joanne Factor
“I’m a six-time TFKer and proud of it. I come back for the cause because I know I am making a difference in kids’ lives by giving them the gift of running. In turn, I get the best support on the course. I love TFK! – Anna Ribeiro
“The mission of TFK is so important to the future of our kids. Keeping them healthy and teaching them about goal setting and motivation is gong to help them throughout their lives. It certainly put meaning into my miles today!” – Edwin Caceres
“I got lots of TFK love on the Brooklyn course. Everywhere I looked I saw a green TFK singlet. The staff and the coaches made my experience all the more better. Thank you TFK!” – Sean Lewin
“I am a teacher and at my school I have all the teachers, parents, and kids running. We are all inspired by the mission of TFK and see firsthand how it impacts kids’ lives. I am proud to be part of the TFK family.” – Nathan O’Reilly
“I loved my first TFK experience. The weekly tips, the group runs, and the advice from the coaches had me well prepared. I ran with a huge smile for 13.1 miles!” – Nathalie Defrenne
“TFK is the best thing that ever happened to me. I am 79 and running the marathon with my son. The support from TFK has made everything about the marathon process so easy. The mission of TFK is in my heart and thinking about the kids will make every step easier. What better way to experience the NYC Marathon!” – Cindy Harris
About the TSC New York City Marathon
The course runs 26.2 miles through the five boroughs of NYC and is a model for big-city marathons around the world. On November 4, it will move you! The race is organized by New York Road Runners and has been run every year since 1970, with the exception of 2012, when it was cancelled due to the landfall of Hurricane Sandy. In past years, it has been sponsored by the financial group ING. In 2014, Tata Consultancy Services, a multinational information technology (IT) service, consulting, and business solutions company headquartered in India, began an eight-year term as the title sponsor. The race is held on the first Sunday of November and attracts professional competitors and amateurs from all over the world.
It is the largest marathon in the world with 51,394 finishers in 2016 and 98,247 applicants for the 2017 race. Along with the Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathon, it is among the pre-eminent long-distance annual running events in the United States and is one of the World Marathon Majors.
The race was founded by Fred Lebow. Ted Corbitt helped plan the course of the New York City Marathon. The initial course of 1970 consisted of repeated racing around Central Park. From 1976, the course covers all five boroughs of New York City. It begins on Staten Island, in Fort Wadsworth, near the approach to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The bridge, which normally carries only vehicular traffic, is closed for the event. Runners use both sides of the upper level of the bridge and the westbound side of the lower level. In the opening minutes of the race, the bridge is filled with runners, creating a dramatic spectacle that is closely associated with the event.