By James Bowe
I chose to run for Catholic Charities because it addresses such a wide array of human needs regardless of religious background. Catholic Charities feeds the hungry, provides job training and resources to help people get back on their feet, and offers children and youth better opportunities to learn and grow, among many others.
After graduating from college and hanging up the sprinting spikes, I started to run longer distances and eventually found that running became a sort of escape while simultaneously allowing me to push myself and to continuously challenge myself to run farther and faster. I made it a goal to run a marathon so now I am running the 2014 NYC marathon for Catholic Charities. I’m looking forward to challenging myself through training and adding another reason to why I am running: I am doing it to help raise money for individuals served by Catholic Charities.
While I have not yet run a marathon, I ran four years of varsity indoor and outdoor track and field at Colby College, primarily competing in the 400m dash and 1600m relay. I also participated in a sprint triathlon in college. After college I focused on longer distance running and competed in a 5k for WCS in the Bronx Zoo in 2011, the Chicago Rock and Roll half marathon in July 2013 and the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge (3.3 miles) in June 2014.
I am training specifically for the marathon for 18 weeks running five to six days per week. I will be racing in the Bronx 10 mile at the end of September and participating in NYRR long runs in August and September. Additionally, I will be doing runs with the midtown Nike store running club two to three days per week.
My family and I have been involved with Catholic Charities for some time (primarily in DC where I grew up) so I was able to first hand witness the difference Catholic Charities makes in so many ways for so many individuals.
It is really inspiring to know that I am running for an organization that touches so many lives, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, with a high level of dignity and compassion across an array of human needs. I am especially inspired by the many programs and services that are designed to set individuals up to lead a better life, whether it is a child who now has a nurturing after school environment or an out-of-work mother who is given training to get her back in the workforce and enabling her to support herself and her children.
Here is a link to my fundraising for Catholic Charities page: https://www.crowdrise.com/TeamCatholicCharities2014/fundraiser/jamesbowe