Posts Tagged ‘nyc marathon’

Podiatrist Runs NYC Marathon for Catholic Charities

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By Ana M. Cafengiu, DPM

I would be honored to represent Catholic Charities in running this year’s NYC marathon.

Running for me has been a great source of joy, a way to stay fit, and a way to form long-lasting relationships with others.  Running has helped me throughout difficult times of my life, as well as through my medical training to become a sports-medicine podiatrist. It has opened doors with others where there would be no other common bond. Running is an integral part of my life. A race such as the marathon brings together people from all walks of life, and different faiths for one common goal to run to the best of their ability towards the finish line.

I believe that Catholic Charities, through their tremendous efforts, strive to provide for others in their time of need, regardless of their faith or their place in life.  They have a unified goal, to “provide help and create hope.”  To provide for others in their time of need is one of the greatest acts of love.  As refreshing as a cool cup of water, held out by a stranger, to a parched runner at mile 22 of a marathon is how refreshing it is to be comforted and provided for by others in the time you need it most. This is what catholic charities does on a daily basis. This is why I desire to be a part of their team.

As it is written, “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” (Romans 10:15). I desire to use my feet to represent and bring the good news of help and hope that Catholic Charities has to offer to the people of New York City.  Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of something greater than myself.

Support Ana and Team Catholic Charities!

Run! Run! Run!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

By Meghan O’Neill

Run! Run! Run! I am following a training plan that counts down the weeks and miles to the NYC Marathon.

Running the NYC Marathon had always been in the back of my mind. I always thought it would be very exciting to run through the five boroughs and cross the finish line in Central Park. I’m very excited that my first marathon will be with Team Catholic Charities.

When I learned that Team Catholic Charities was looking for runners I knew this would be an incredible opportunity to combine my desire to run the NYC Marathon with fundraising for an organization that provides essential services to those in need. The Better Business Bureau has deemed Catholic Charities an Accredited Charity that meets the high standards of a charity who uses funds raised to directly help individuals. I decided to run for Catholic Charities because I’m assured that the funds raised will be used to help those in need.

Catholic Charities’ plan to use the funds raised through the marathon to feed the hungry inspires me because if Catholic Charities can provide nourishment to so many people every day, I just know I can run 26.2 miles. As intimidating as I sometimes find 26.2 miles, it’s nothing compared to all of the hard work Catholic Charities does day in and day out.

My parents frequently call me and ask how the running is going. When I’m visiting my parents in my hometown, Stony Point, NY, (from my apartment in Brooklyn) they encourage me to go for runs around the neighborhood and along the Hudson River. Also, their golden retriever, Reilly, is always up for a run with me!

 

Check out Meghan’s Crowdrise page and help her raise funds for Team Catholic Charities.

Why I Work – and Run – For Catholic Charities

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
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Barbara Harrison receives service award from Cardinal Dolan

By Barbara Harrison

I work as a case manager for Catholic Charities and see how our St. Nicholas fund helps out so many families throughout the year and brings such joy at Christmas time.

It is one of the best parts of my job to see the joy this programs brings and in this spirit that I wanted to run the marathon to raise funds for this program.

I began running when I was about 50 years old and ran two marathons in the 1990’s.  After that my husband became ill and subsequently passed away.I found other forms of exercise.  I was still raising our four children as well and life was very busy. In my heart I always wanted to run the NYC marathon because it is ”the best.”

I was inspired to run this marathon when my coworker’s mother was diagnosed with cancer in the early spring. She is about my age which will be 69 when I run the race. I understood how frightening and challenging her road ahead would be and how fortunate I am to be in good health and able to run. I decided to enter the race for her to cheer her on in her battle.

My home is in the Hudson Valley and I work in Poughkeepsie, so I felt that it would be fun to represent this area of the Archdiocese by running the marathon.

I run in the morning at 6 a.m. on the beautiful rail trails in our area with my running partner, my daughter, Sarah.  We are currently running about 24 miles weekly and it is wonderful to be preparing for this race.

Learn more about Barbara and help support her run.

Why I’m Running the NYC ING Marathon with Team Catholic Charities

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

By THOMAS S. CARNEY, Major, New York Air National Guard

I‘m delighted to represent Team Catholic Charities NY Archdiocese for the 2013 NYC Marathon. I’ve been a competitive marathon runner for over 35 years, having run my first marathon at the age of 19 at the 1978 Boston Marathon. I’ve covered a total of 88 marathons as of June 2 of this year (2013), which have included 40 of the 50 US states plus Washington, DC. My ultimate goal is to compete in all 50 states as well as several Canadian provinces and perhaps one overseas marathon. I’ve also run a total of 5 ultra-marathons (more than 26.2 miles), which included four 50-K runs (31 miles) and one 50-miler. I also compete as a triathlete.

I began competitive running while in high school (cross country and track) and found that it gave me a competitive boost in other sports (such as basketball and bike riding). Over the years, I’ve belonged to several different running/triathlete clubs and have always enjoyed the camaraderie that goes along with such an association. I’ve found running to be a way of life (even though I’m not logging as many miles as I did in my early years) and still enjoy both the physical and mental benefits that come with all around fitness. It’s also helped me maintain perfect fitness test scores and deal with stressful situations throughout my military career.

Among all charitable organizations, I’ve always espoused the values and good work that Catholic Charities have provided for countless thousands of people throughout all dioceses and archdioceses nationwide. As a lifelong Catholic and 20+ year member of the Knights of Columbus, I’ve always felt that Catholic Charities and other social organizations associated with our faith have provided a channel by which we can live and practice our faith through charitable good works; I also believe it to be equally important that such charitable good work benefits those of all religious backgrounds, not just Catholics. Thus, I’m proud to be part of this year’s team.

 

If you would like to help support Tom’s ING NYC Marathon campaign,  please send your donations here:  www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/thomascarney1  

“New York City is My Track”: Meet Cynthia, 2012 ING NYC Marathon Runner for Team Catholic Charities NY

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Cynthia Martinez after finishing the NYC Half Marathon. She will run the 2012 ING NYC Marathon for Team Catholic Charities New York. Support her on Crowdrise. http://www.crowdrise.com/catholiccharitiesnycmarathon/fundraiser/cynthiamartinez1

 

By Cynthia Martinez
Associate Director of Youth Ministry

Three years ago, I challenged myself and trained hard for my first half-marathon.  I remember being so afraid of what it meant to train for 13.1 miles.  I had only participated in one race which was a corporate 5K race back in 2002.  Though I consider myself pretty fit, training for pavement pounding week after week takes a lot of will power and discipline.  Nevertheless, I can proudly say that I am the owner of four medals, each one representing the different half-marathons I have completed in the past three years.

“New York City is my track” is the motto I have embraced.  Ever since I began running, Riverside Drive and the West Side Highway have become my training grounds.  One of the best experiences during my training was getting access to all of the sights in Central Park, Ft. Tryon and the Cloisters.  Who can even feel exhausted when there is so much beauty to explore?

I have to thank the “Runner’s High” I heard so much about, for getting me to where I am now.  Once I completed my first race, and the subsequent ones, I knew that one of my goals was to eventually run the full marathon.  The year that I ran my first half-marathon, I had also ran to fundraise for an organization that works to help young girls develop healthy lifestyle and self-respect, in order to reduce the numbers of eating disorders and teen pregnancy.

When I wasn’t accepted to the ING New York City Marathon through their lottery system, I knew that I would still do it for a charity.  I found out about Team Catholic Charities NY through a friend, and when I did the research, my heart leapt – I knew I had to try to get on this team.  As I learned in my previous experience in running for charity, when I am running for a good cause, I am fueled to train even harder, because I know people are counting on me.  As I train, it means so much more to me that my own physical endurance will in the end provide physical aid to those who need it most.

As the Associate Director of Catholic Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York, it is an honor to run for Catholic Charities, who has a longstanding tradition of putting others FIRST and treating them with the dignity that they deserve.  I have personally worked with Catholic Charities, and for me it means that I am not only running for an organization – I am running for my family.