US Association for UNHCR via Crowdrise
August 10, 2011
Well ...a 33rd overall finish(2:42:52) in the LA Marathon has set the stage for a seeded entry to the NYC Marathon. I haven't run a race of this caliber since the Berlin 1/2 marathon in 2004, starting with World Champions and Olympians from around the world. Needless to say, I'm a bit anxious, nervous, and humbled to for the 1st time ever run the NYC Marathon and looking for a top 60 finish of the 45,000 running.
The United Nations Refugee Agency will again be represented as Team USA for UNHCR again brings to light the refugee crisis and celebrates the memory of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the triumphant stoic UNHCR hero killed in Iraq in 2003 who served society and human beings in general with 1st class respect and undying dedication.
I'm hoping anyone in Buffalo (WNY) who has never seen the race can make it to the Big Apple for 2 days to enjoy one of the greatest sports events in the history of the world and root on a skinny kid (w muscles) from Blasdell, NY run through the boroughs of NYC competing with the best in the world. NYC people I'm counting on you to be out an IN force. Running in the front lets me see the signs and those along the route. Your energy and enthusiasm is all thats left in the tank in the later miles when running 10 mph for 2 and 1/2 hours!
5 months out and training has begun!. UNHCR will also obe putting a team together for the LA Marathon-March 2012. Just like Team in Training with fundraising and marathon goals connected. You TOO can run the marathon and support the refugee cause. I'm looking for those ready to challenge themself and will design training programs for those willing to take on the 26.2 miles. Coaching and weekly runs, meet-ups, and training will be part of the plan. REFUGEES WALK HUNDREDS OF MILES FLEEING WAR, CONFLICT, AND NATURAL DISASTERS. Running 26 for them is the LEAST we can do.