Posts Tagged ‘Running’

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.

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God, Family and Running; Why I’m Running for Team Catholic Charities

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

By Julie Palomba

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) And for that I am truly grateful for God has blessed me with a very full, wonderful life filled with more adventure, love and happiness than I could have ever imagined!

The deepest passions that fill my heart are simple: God, family and running. I see the second two as just an extension of the first.  They are the reasons I get out of bed in the morning. They are on my mind when I go to bed at night. These three passions are what you will find me talking about to anyone who will listen. Mathew 12:34 says: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. Wow; that is true for me as I am eager to talk to anyone about Jesus, my family and/ or running 24 hours a day.

I grew up in Detroit, lived around the country but now am settled in North Carolina. I was raised Catholic and have come to appreciate this fact more as I get older.  I love being a part of my parish and actively participate in their various ministries. It’s just awesome to feel God’s presence daily, respond to His call and feel it is never too late to grow as a Christian.

My family truly inspires me. I have been married 31 years and have five grown children. None of our children were really runners during high school or college but over the years each one has taken up the challenge of competitive running. We love getting together for running events!

I personally did not start running seriously until about four years ago.  Never being very athletic growing up, my first half marathon was a BIG accomplishment for me. I trained, prayed, trained some more and then God carried me through the last three miles of the last incline. Since then, I have been hooked.

I have lost count of the number of events I have completed but I cherish the moments more than the milestones. Each event has its own story but my favorite events are those that I run for charity or with my family. It makes me feel I am a part of something bigger than just myself.  Through all the pain, injuries and sometimes, even tears, I know it is all good!

“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

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

Riding Leprechaun Buses; Running for Team Catholic Charities

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

By Ed Gallagher

Many lives have been forever changed and even destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. It heightened my resolve to live life more fully and not procrastinate on my dreams and goals. These two devastating events, one natural, one man made, exemplified the dichotomy of life:  Life is truly fragile, but it is also amazingly resilient for those that survive.

I have never run a marathon, but it has always been on my “bucket list”. I figured I’d better do it sooner than later as I know it won’t get any easier as each year passes.

I grew up as a competitive swimmer, starting at age 5. I started running cross country in high school to get in shape for the winter swim season. I instantly fell in love with many aspects of running; the challenge both mental and physical, the solitude of training and camaraderie of race day. It gives me time to think about issues at work and home, put life into perspective and be a better husband, father, friend and employer.

I stopped running for many years as I got involved with family business and started a family. I am president of The Leprechaun Transportation Group, a small group of passenger transportation companies providing school bus, transit, commuter and charter motor coach service in the Hudson Valley and beyond. It is a third-generation family-owned enterprise started by my grandfather in 1934. My hope is that it becomes a fourth-generation family business.

My wife, Mary Jane, and I live with our four children; Katie, 15, Caroline 14, Eddie, 12, and Joseph, 9, in Montgomery, NY.  We are members of Most Precious Blood parish and our kids have attended this parish school.

I began running again a few years ago to be able to keep up with my kids, lose my “spare tire” and be fit mentally and physically.

Meanwhile, several years ago Sr. Joann Dress, CEO of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, approached me to become a board member. I agreed with little understanding of the full extent of their work.  From day one, I have been thoroughly impressed with the board’s and staff’s dedication, passion, focus and operational efficiencies of this organization. They touch so many lives in this community.  You can’t help but be drawn to help with their mission.

Running as a member of Team Catholic Charities allows me to fulfill a personal goal while also fulfilling a charitable goal.

I truly appreciate this opportunity.

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

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  

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.