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Team Innocence Project - NYC Marathon 2013

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BENEFITING: Innocence Project

ORGANIZER: Innocence Project

EVENT: 2013 ING New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013

Nick Stewart

THE STORY:

Welcome, Supporters!

I am excited to be running in the ING New York City Marathon with Team Innocence Project (IP). IP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which works to free those innocent Americans who have been wrongly convicted and suffer unjustly.

I want to begin by thanking my biggest supporters who have each made this page possible in one way or another. My mother, father, and brother, friends from Europe to New York to Tennessee to the West Coast, Naval Academy classmates, rugby teammates, skydiving and aviation mentors, flight school buddies and their families, and my girlfriend, Lauren.

I am a proud Naval Academy alum, an AV-8B Harrier pilot and an active duty captain in the Marine Corps. I grew up in Columbia, Tennessee, and I currently live in Alexandria, VA, without cable television.  When I am not running 26.2 miles, I stay busy challenging popular opinion by playing devil’s advocate.  I also entertain myself with skydiving, taking ballroom dance lessons and yoga, and trying out my recent bartending certificate on friends. Given the choice, I prefer handwritten letters and maps over text messages and GPS. The quality of my week is usually determined by whether I get to the grocery store on Sundays, and at least one power nap per day is essential. My eyes watered when the Red Sox finally reversed the curse in the 2004 World Series, and my favorite song of all time is “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC.

Years ago, I put marathons and triathlons on my bucket list, and after each race, I find myself asking the same question: “Am I really this slow”? That keeps me motivated to race again. For this marathon, something more important drives me. A few months ago, I anticipated hanging up my racing gear after a triathlon in early October. However, when given the opportunity to join IP and run the ING New York City Marathon, I did not hesitate.

I found IP after enduring my own unfortunate circumstances of being wrongly convicted (details in the University of Michigan’s National Registry of Exonerations) and spending one year in confinement. In 2012, justice was finally served when the court – only one step below the U.S. Supreme Court – unanimously voted that the conviction was unjust and that the case would be dismissed. While learning first-hand that our justice system too often does not get it right, I have gained a greater appreciation for the peace and the empowerment that comes with forgiveness. Justice was eventually served here, but cases like mine are far too common. Innocent people are still behind bars with their loved ones suffering on the outside.

This experience has also taught me that those of us in the military have to advocate for the entire Constitution and justice in all its forms – not only justice according to our own self-serving motives and desires.  If we fail to do so, then our oath to support and to defend the Constitution, to fight for the innocent and for what is right, is betrayed  

With your help, I use this effort to help advance the work of the Innocence Project so that other innocent Americans can be shielded from the same injustice. On November 3rd, I will run the New York City Marathon for a much bigger reason than checking off a bucket list item. I will run 26.2 unrestrained miles, symbolically proving that I am no longer a victim of injustice. Instead I am a victor over it. Now vindicated, I run in support of the innocent who seek their own exoneration.

For my thoughts, photos, race status and updates, you can find me on Twitter & Instagram.

#NickRunsNYC4IP

Stay tuned for info on the livefeed on the day of the marathon.

 


 

 

$4,300

MONEY RAISED
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  • CYNTHIA STEWART

    $100

  • Michael and Angela Toomey

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Athena

    $100

  • Jane, Tim, Kelhan Bradshaw

    $100

  • La

    $100

  • crystal sherwood

    $25

  • Sea Eun Kim

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Edward Slavis

    $50

  • May

    $100

  • Adam Borcz

    $50

  • Elizabeth Kreft

    $50

  • Mike Hunt

    $100

  • Team Tyll

    $25

  • Jake Brewer

    $100

  • John Coburn

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Tanya Houppermans

    $25

  • Casey L

    $50

  • Nate Charles

    $100

  • The Dutch Girl

    $25

  • Eric L

    $50

  • Craig & Darilyn S

    $50

  • Lyle

    $50

  • Adam & Abby Froemming

    $50

  • Don "Doc" Lewittes

    $118

  • First Sponsor Brother

    $20

  • The Muggy's

    $50

  • Lisa Goodspeed

    $25

  • Keith Blakely

    $100

  • Naomi Grace, Angie & Dee

    $25

  • MIke Ingham

    $25

  • Erin H

    $50

  • Samantha Crane

    $50

  • Loren Morgan

    $25

  • Buck Baynard

    $50

  • BJL

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Matt Tune

    $25

  • Phili P.

    $50

  • Blue Ridge Skydiving Adventures

    $50

  • Charissa

    $50

  • Marie-France Han

    $50

  • Stackhouse

    $100

  • Joe and Terry Millen

    $40

  • Abbey & Tyson Stephenson

    $50

  • Matt Lattman

    $25

  • K.O. Berger

    $100

  • Courtney Birst

    $25

  • Steve Gergely

    $10

  • Butch Bracknell

     

  • Steak

    $50

  • Jeff Quirk

    $25

  • Katie & Sean Stegmaier

    $52

  • Dennis and Melissa Doyle

    $50

  • Catherine N

    $25

  • Dan Lichtenberg

    $10

  • Richard Contreras

    $50

  • MAJ Brian Oberg and Dr Sarah Parrish

    $55

  • Sarah Gustafson

    $100

  • Sarah Parrish

    $100

  • Karen Badrena

    $25

  • The Hunter Family (Dave, Marie, Isla & Micah)

    $25

  • Tera Fong

     

  • Russell Shinn

    $50

  • JDUB

    $100

  • CYNTHIA STEWART

    $170

  • Kyle Sherman

    $100

  • Kelechi Ndukwe

    $200

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123% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $34,893 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
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Dan Lichtenberg

Amount Raised

$7,243

 

207% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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Steve Gergely

Amount Raised

$4,720

 

135% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nick Stewart

Amount Raised

$4,300

 

123% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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Paul Penczner

Amount Raised

$3,903

 

112% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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Jennie Ives

Amount Raised

$3,853

 

110% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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Noelle Marcus

Amount Raised

$3,800

 

109% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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Jonathan Epstein

Amount Raised

$3,525

 

101% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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Donald Verger

Amount Raised

$3,500

 

100% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Kelechi Ndukwe

Kelechi Ndukwe

DONATION: $200

Nick, you are a stud!! Best of luck today to a great friend and inspiration! Love you bro. 5 years ago

Kyle Sherman

Kyle Sherman

DONATION: $100

Inspired by Darryl Burton and Phil Stackhouse 5 years ago

CYNTHIA STEWART

CYNTHIA STEWART

DONATION: $170

5 years ago

JDUB

JDUB

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Russell Shinn

Russell Shinn

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Tera Fong

Tera Fong

Good luck and happy running! 5 years ago

The Hunter Family (Dave, Marie, Isla & Micah)

The Hunter Family (Dave, Marie, Isla & Micah)

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Karen Badrena

Karen Badrena

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Sarah Parrish

Sarah Parrish

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Sarah Gustafson

Sarah Gustafson

DONATION: $100

5 years ago