Team Catholic Charities NY member Rusty McGranahan
A big shout out to our one dozen Team Catholic Charities members for running the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday to raise funds to help feed the hungry.
As Lorena Ramirez wrote in amNew York,
Among the 50,000 runners Sunday at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon are competitors hitting the pavement for a good cause…
Barbara Harrison, 69, from New Paltz, will be running for Team Catholic Charities, a team that represents Catholic Charities’ St. Nicholas Project, which is raising money to buy coats, pajamas and blankets for 4,000 needy New Yorkers.
This will be the second-time marathoner’s first time running for the team. She has been a case manager for Catholic Charities for thirteen years.
‘I love to run, and it has been a desire of mine to be able to run the New York Marathon and I think of the St. Nicholas program, what we raised the funds for, is a wonderful program that assists many of our clients with needs throughout the year,’ Harrison said.
She continued, ‘It’s very important because my job uses these funds to help clients — most particularly clients who are in very severe needs. Their housing is being jeopardized; they might not be treated justly or fairly.’ Joining Harrison on the team is Meghan O’Neill, who lives in Astoria.
Experienced in only half-marathons, the 32-year-old attorney said that Sunday will be her first marathon.
O’Neill was inspired to run because the money will help 4,000 New Yorkers get the clothes they need stay warm, which is “especially important after the brutal winter we had last year
Cheering her on during the run will be her parents and other family members, as well as friends.
Even though running 26.2 miles seems like such a tremendous task for me, I get so much inspiration by the tremendous good works that Catholic Charities does.
Barbara and Meghan joined teammate Rusty McGranahan, our team leader who sprinted through the finish line in first place for our team with a time of three hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds in the 26.2 mile run. Congratulations, also, to fellow team stars James Bowe, Ana Cafengiu, Linda Cartwright, Nadia Gonzalez, Kristi Hughes, Lauren Liberatore, Jennifer Osborn, Tony Osborn and Amanda Weber for rounding out our team of athletic altruists.
Way to go, Team Catholic Charities!
Read the full story in amNew York