I have raced in a number of marathons and triathlons, but so far not one homeless person, research team, student or child has benefited from my narcissistic quest to stem the tide of middle age.
This year I am trying to be a little different and am proud to be running the New York City Marathon for Catholic Charities of New York. Catholic Charities provides help to over 350,000 New Yorkers each year, without regard to religious affiliation, and contributions from this race will be specifically dedicated to distributing coats, blankets and other cold weather items. I consider Catholic Charities to be a key part of the support system in all the communities they serve and I encourage all of my family, friends and colleagues to give something and give generously through this link.
To up the ante, I will make two pledges to those sponsoring me in this effort:
1) I will personally match the first $1,000 in donations on my page, and
2) I will work like crazy to achieve one of my life time goals of finishing in under 3 hours. (I have a lot of work to do here.)