Friends and Family,
Believe it or not, I'm running the New York City Marathon! I've been training through the heat - it's not been pretty but it has been fun. The marathon is something I've been thinking about for a while now but never really thought I'd actually do. In fact, I always thought it was pretty much impossible. Now, I'm trying to make the impossible possible - I'm really excited about this opportunity for a few reasons:
- The New York City Marathon is one of the best and/or most crowded, with 45,000 runners to beat,
- I'm going to prove to myself that running over 26 miles is not only possible, but also fun,
- I'm very excited to see all five boroughs on foot – and yes, I'm excited to finish!
As I am a champion of affordable housing, I’m running for a great cause, the Bed Stuy Restoration Corporation (BSRC), the nation's first community development corporation, founded by Robert F. Kennedy and Jacob Javits in 1967. My goal is to raise $3,000 for BSRC. Over the years, BSRC has created 2,200 affordable apartments, attracted more than $375 million in investments to Central Brooklyn, placed over 20,000 youth and adults in jobs, and provided arts education to to 400 students, ages 3-19, each year.
Here’s where you come in... Will you please donate a dollar a mile, five dollars a mile or ten dollars a mile? I will be so grateful, as will hundreds of families who will be helped by this dynamic Brooklyn non-profit. As I look forward to crossing the finish line, having run 26.2 miles through the five boroughs of New York City, I hope I can count on your support!
If you’re in town, please come cheer me on! More details to come soon on that front.