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Today, let’s here from Vanessa Spoto.
By Vanessa Spoto
I will be running my first marathon on November 1, 2015. After graduating from college, I set a goal to run the New York City marathon. I did not gain entry the last few years but this year I am so grateful to be running for team Catholic Charities.
I worked for Grace Institute – a non-profit organization (affiliated with Catholic Charities) which provides tuition-free business skills training and job placement for underserved women. We worked very closely with Catholic Charities and I am familiar with the good work of the organization. Many of Grace Institute’s graduates have eagerly gone on to work for Catholic Charities and serve an organization that helped them fight hunger, obtain affordable housing, strengthen and reunite their families and much more.
As a native New Yorker and avid runner, it has been my dream to run the NYC marathon and experience the 26.2 mile journey through the five boroughs. In addition to training, it’s even more fulfilling to fundraise for an organization that strives to serve our community.
Running is a very large part of my life and I have pursued running longer distances during the past few years. I ran cross country and track and field all throughout high school and college at Fordham University. I have also run the NYC half marathon twice, but this is my first time running for a charity and running a marathon, and it’s very exciting.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.