BENEFITING: Free Arts NYC
ORGANIZER: Free Arts NYC
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
I was never an avid runner. I actually always hated running. I played sports growing up and throughout high school, but dreaded the running aspect. I specifically remember one soccer practice when the entire men's high school soccer team was ahead of me running and I was in the back of the pack with my friend John, walking.
That was just one of the many examples for my disdain of running.
That all changed when I moved to Brooklyn in July of 2011. With the stress of working in Advertising combined with the challenges of adulthood, I decided to go on a run across the street in Prospect Park. I remember feeling free after the first initial run. Was it a new city, a new environment? I've always been an over-thinker, but this was not something to deliberate. Joe, you liked running. Go with it.
I signed up for my first 10K race in Prospect Park a few months later. Since then, I've done various races throughout New York City, New Jersey and just completed a Half Marathon in Portland, Oregon.
In 2015 I will have completed 3 Half Marathon's in 3 months. That is why 2015 is the year for me to complete my first full Marathon, this November in New York City.
I chose to work with Free Arts NYC charity for the full Marathon. Free Arts provides underserved children and families with educational arts and mentoring programs that help them gain self-confidence to realize their fullest potential in life.
While I've always been interested in art and photography, the main reason I chose this organization was because of recent events with my Goddaughter Maggie and Godson Mikey. I was sitting with both of them, on two separate occasions, drawing. While it was no more than just a few minutes of art-time, I distinctly remember looking at them and seeing a smile on their face. They were perfectly content in that moment.
That same sense of freedom from the run in Brooklyn had come to surface again when drawing with my niece and nephew.
Whether it is through art or through running, I hope that one day everyone can feel free.