By Lauren Liberatore
I first learned about Catholic Charities and their efforts by working at the Archdiocese of New York in the Office of Superintendent of Schools and receiving e-Newsletters about their events and current work. I am excited to join Catholic Charities and their mission in helping New Yorkers in need.
I always said I would never be crazy enough to run 26.2 miles, unless it was in the New York City Marathon. I started getting into half-marathons in 2012, since then I have successfully finished three half-marathons, including the Diva Half Marathon in October 2012, the New Jersey Half-Marathon in May 2013 and the Rutgers United Half-Marathon in April 2014! Each half-marathon I have improved my time and form!
I stumbled upon the Team Catholic Charities homepage by accident after visiting CrossStreets, the Catholic Charities blog. By being a part of this team, not only do I get to accomplish a dream I never thought I had, but I also get to support and represent such a giving organization. Growing up in a Catholic family and attending Catholic school since kindergarten, I always learned to support great charities and to give back to my communities. Running for Team Catholic Charities has been a huge honor and I am excited to help raise money for the organization!
I found the best place to train with the summer heat is at the Jersey Shore, where I spend most of my weekends. The breeze off the ocean in the early morning is extremely refreshing and so is the option to jump right in! During the week, I mix up my workouts between Crossfit, Running and teaching Zumba!
My family and friends are constantly supporting me by keeping me company during runs or attending my Zumba classes. They are even kind enough to listen to me complaining about being sore and/or bragging about my achievements!
Help Lauren as she runs for Team Catholic Charities.