Posts Tagged ‘NYC ING Marathon’

My Family’s Faith Has Been Tested but Endured

Monday, September 30th, 2013

By Joe Zenkus

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

The Gospel of John Chapter 16 conveys the importance of sticking to your beliefs and living with and by those beliefs regardless of challenges you may face.

My family’s faith has been tested but endured. We lost three young family members while I grew up and we grieved together and then pushed on.

Two of the three may have been prevented; that is why I am running the NYC ING Marathon for the Team Catholic Charities to help potentially prevent other families from suffering such losses. In addition, I am running in memory of my cousins Marc P. Zenkus (1982-2000) & Shawn M. Hendrickson (1978-1998) who both were lost to early.

The Catholic Charities work to strengthen families through multiple services including preventative services for families struggling with substance abuse and other challenges. I am looking forward to raising money to help families receive counseling, recover and overcome substance abuse.

Personally, on November 3rd of this year, I look to overcoming 26.2 miles for the first time ever. Actually, I have never run more than 10 miles until this week! Now is my time of tribulation, but you will see me again at the finish line in Central Park after overcoming maybe not the world but at least New York.

Help support Joe’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how: http://www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/joezenkus

Husband and Wife Team Up for Marathon Run

Friday, September 6th, 2013

By Ma Teresa Protasio

My husband, Jerome Protasio, and I are running for Team Catholic Charities in the NYC ING Marathon.

I started running seriously about three years ago. Running makes me healthier.  It has allowed me lots of bonding time with my husband as we run around the Philippines where we live and even in other countries such as in the upcoming NYC ING Marathon.

I’m a physician by profession and I advocate a healthy, active lifestyle for everyone I meet including my patients. This resolve became even stronger when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I knew I had to keep my body and mind healthy.

That’s why more than ten years ago I decided to find time to exercise regularly. I tried several fitness regimens, but it was running that captivated me. I found it challenging. Running gives me a certain “high”, relieves stress and keeps me alert. It tested my self-discipline and endurance level.

This time I will be running not only for my advocacy but to raise funds for the Catholic Charities of New York.  This charity’s mission is to provide a healthy environment for those in need. A perfect fit to my personal mission. This is my way of giving back to God for the gift of life and health.

Help support Ma Teresa’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how:http://www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/materesaprotasio

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.