Posts Tagged ‘team catholic charities ny’

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  

From a Very Long Walk to a Very Long Run: Meet Maria, Marathon Runner for Team Catholic Charities NY

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Maria Ines Galvez walking "El Camino de Santiago," the legendary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

Maria Ines Galvez is no stranger to tests of physical and spiritual endurance. Every January, she plans  a personal goal and dedicates her year to pursuing it — challenging work that usually involves going far outside her comfort zone.

In 2010, the year she dedicated to gratitude and thanksgiving, she decided to walk “El Camino de Santiago,” the legendary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.  She knew that this physical challenge would be spiritually fulfilling and would also allow her to show gratitude to God. “Every night, in every town, there was a special pilgrims’ mass. I tried to make it to mass each night, no matter where I was,” said Galvez.

This past January, Galvez committed herself to charity towards those in need. She was trying to find the best way to do this when her running partner, Father Joseph Tyrrell of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, suggested she run the ING New York City Marathon for Catholic Charities New York.

“It all started with Fr. Joe,” said Galvez. “He was my inspiration. I thought, if he could run the marathon, so could I.”

By running with Team Catholic Charities NY, Galvez is working toward her 2012 commitment by raising $5,000 in support of the St. Nicholas Project, a Catholic Charities initiative that provides critical social services and charitable support to New York families in need.

“Training for the ING NYC Marathon has become a life-changing event  for me, not only physically but spiritually as well,” said Galvez. “It is very grueling, but when I feel tired and want to stop, I think about the commitment I’ve made to those who will be benefiting from my fundraising for this race.”

So what does Galvez say is harder – walking the Camino de Santiago, or training for the NYC Marathon?

“The Camino is harder,” said Galvez. “When you’re on the pilgrimage, if you don’t cover enough miles in the day, you won’t be able to find a place to sleep. There are rural houses along the route that take in pilgrims, but they are only accessible at certain intervals – and sometimes, all the beds are full.”

Maria Ines works at BBVA S.A. as an analyst in the Structured Trade Finance Team.