Saturday, January 1, 2011
Run for a Cause, Run with Team for Kids
For many years my health took a back seat to my work, so then and there I decided to do the marathon. While I was talking to my best friend about doing the New York City Marathon, he mentioned that they had a lottery system because hundred of thousands of people apply for the 40,000 slots available. Most likely the only way to get entry was to join a charity. I thought what would be a wonderful way to celebrate my new health outlook on life.
I scanned the many different charities. Many focused on different cancer treatments and research, like Fred’s Team, Team in Training and American Cancer Society. Others were raising money or a variety of diagnoses. I eventually chose Team for Kids. Their mission is to give underprivileged children a running start to health and wellness, which will combat childhood obesity. My propensity to make sure all children have a chance, especially my own kids. This charity seemed like the best choice for me.
Team for Kids raises funds for New York Road Runners Youth Programs by providing runners guaranteed entry into the NYC Marathon or NYC Half Marathon. The money raised by each runner provides free or low-cost school and community center based health and fitness programs for children who are most likely at risk to have no access to regular physical activity. Every week, the programs currently serves over 400 schools and centers in New York City, Nationally and in Cape Town, South Africa, which is nearly 100,000 children.