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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.