Posts Tagged ‘Marathon’

Meet Team Catholic Charities Runners in the TCS New York City Marathon

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

PrintCatholic Charities is one of the official charity participants in the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon.

There are only a few ways to get into this exclusive event:

  • Elite runners qualify based on running time.
  • Lucky ones – about 6% – get selected by lottery.
  • New York Road Runners qualify by running 9 races and volunteering for one.

And remarkable people qualify by running for charity.

During the next five months, twelve Team Catholic Charities New York runners will dedicate themselves to two challenges: training to run 26.2 miles through every borough of New York City, and fundraising for The St. Nicholas Project, an initiative that helps New York families in need.

Response to the opportunity to run with Team Catholic Charities New York was great.  We are now honored to announce our running team for the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. Starting this month, we will be announcing one runner every week who has been accepted to run the Marathon with Team Catholic Charities NY.

Visit this blog regularly for updates on our team.

Find out key information about how you can get involved as a Team Catholic Charities NY volunteer so that you, too, can participate in one of New York City’s most exciting athletic events.

Congratulations to New Dad and Marathon Runner Michael Murrer

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Back in his pre-parent days,  Michael Murrer said he saw his run for Team Catholic Charities NY in the NYC ING Marathon on November 4 as “the last good chance before stuff gets really crazy.”  Read more.

But as this new dad is learning, when it comes to babies and timing, babies call the shots.

His little brown-haired girl, Rosemary Ann Murrer, greeted him and his wife, Diana, on Friday, October 5 at 6:19 a.m.  She was born at NYU Langone Medical Center and weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds 9 ounces.

Murrer says that he is thrilled, dazed and, yes, a little sleep deprived.

None-the-less, he still plans to run the marathon.  He added, however, “I may not break any records.”

Want to learn more about how this new dad does on his marathon run?

Please click here to support Michael Murrer’s fundraising goal for Catholic Charities and cheer him on.

Why this Future Dad is Running the NYC ING Marathon

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Michael Murrer’s reasons for running for Team Catholic Charities NY in the NYC ING Marathon on November 4 are many.  First, he says, Catholic Charities is a family affair; his father, Martin Murrer, serves on this nonprofit agency’s board. Next, he has completed a number of 5 and 10ks and has always wanted to run the Big One back here in the Big Apple. Then, there’s the inspiration of being a native New Yorker looking for a way to give back.

But, most of all, he says, “this is the last good chance before stuff gets really crazy.”

Michael, 28, and his wife, Diana, are expecting the birth of their first baby, a girl, at the end of October.

“I always had running the New York marathon in the back of my mind,” Michael says.  “With the baby coming, I realized I better do it now.”

Meanwhile, he said, running the marathon while raising money for Catholic Charities offered an opportunity too good to pass up.  Similar to his father, Michael volunteers for Catholic Charities and serves on its Junior Board for young adults.

“After meeting with (Catholic Charities Executive Director) Msgr. Sullivan, going to Junior Board meetings, and seeing Cardinal Dolan speak at the Catholic Charities gala, I felt inspired, excited and knew that this is something I could get passionate about,” he says.

So now Michael runs one-to-two hours nearly every day, jogging along the East River or the reservoir in Central Park to train for the 26.2 mile marathon.  His workout began with a five-to-seven mile run in the early morning hours of April and May. From there, he worked up to 14-mile runs.  He plans, he says, to reach 20-plus miles by the end of this month.

Michael played football and lacrosse at Bronxville High School in Westchester County, graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in finance in 2007, and now works as an Associate at Jefferies Investment Banking in Manhattan.

When he tells friends and coworkers that he is running for Team Catholic Charities they pay attention, he says.  “Everyone in the course of their life catches a couple of bad breaks and you need organizations like Catholic Charities to get you through them.”

Support Michael Murrer’s fundraising goal for Catholic Charities and cheer him on as he trains for the 2012 ING NYC Marathon.