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Team Keila

Organized by: Keila Merino

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THE STORY:

Keila Merino was nine years old when her family immigrated to the United States from Mexico. In that challenging transition, she gained confidence and a sense of identity from running. Today, the New York City teacher encourages her students—mostly children of immigrants—to overcome life’s challenges one step at a time. To inspire them, she’s chasing a Guinness World Record set in 1978 by South African Mavis Hutchinson. Her extraordinary mission: run across America in 68 days or fewer—and raise $1 million for children’s health initiatives.

Featured in the New York Times as both a passionate educator and a fearless competitor, Keila ranks among top female finishers at distance races across the country. Since winning the inaugural Great New York 100-Mile Running Exposition in 2012, she has twice been named the New York Road Runners (NYRR) ultrarunner of the year. In 2013, she won bronze at the legendary Leadville 100. In 2014, she completed the Grand Slam of ultrarunning—four notoriously tough 100-milers—in the span of three months. 

By attempting the Guinness World Record in 2016, Keila will raise awareness and funds for the NYRR Mighty Milers, a running program for kids of all fitness levels. The program aims to get kids moving, build their self-esteem, and teach them to set and reach goals. For Keila, this commitment stems from years of serving young people as a science teacher and running coach in the Bronx. “Teaching kids by example is extremely powerful,” she says. “I hope to inspire our youth to believe that anything is possible.”

Want to help? Join Keila as she runs coast to coast to inspire kids, support Mighty Milers, and bring home America’s world record. Please donate!

$2,895

MONEY RAISED
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  • Boyd and Emily Nelson

     

  • Lauren Cooperman

    $25

  • Tiffany Arenas

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Sara Sparhawk

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Bonnie Averbuch

    $25

  • Denie and Heidi

    $100

  • Alison McDevitt

    $25

  • Stephany Evans

    $100

  • Eliot

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Kathy Klotz

    $100

  • Yves Marie Hervault

    $30

  • Brittany Klimowicz

    $50

  • Steve Lyke

    $100

  • runfrommonkeys

    $50

  • Kenkel Family

    $50

  • Larry Smet

    $40

  • Kalun

    $100

  • Carl Erickson

    $100

  • Melissa Korey

     

  • Seth Hill

    $100

  • Laura Paulus

    $50

  • Edgar Barbosa

     

  • Jacqueline Choi Koslow

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Roselyn Jones

    $50

  • Rob & Monica

    $100

  • Mike

    $100

  • Newton Baker

    $50

  • Linda Carkhuff

    $50

  • Michael Capiraso

    $250

  • Rita Jones

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Go Kids Go!

    $100

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Organized by

Keila Merino

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Fundraise for this Campaign

Goals


$15,000

RV Rental

This goal has not been met

$2,500

Small SUV

This goal has not been met

$1,800

RV Gas

This goal has not been met

$900

Van Gas

This goal has been met

$2,500

Misc.

This goal has not been met

The Team: $2,895 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Go Kids Go!

Go Kids Go!

DONATION: $100

teachers point the way 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Rita Jones

Rita Jones

DONATION: $50

Go Keila, you're such an inspiration to your students. Stay strong!! 2 years ago

Michael Capiraso

Michael Capiraso

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Linda Carkhuff

Linda Carkhuff

DONATION: $50

You are so inspiring! Have a wonderful, SAFE journey!!! 2 years ago

Newton Baker

Newton Baker

DONATION: $50

For a teacher, a great runner, the kids and pursuit of a record!! 2 years ago

Mike

Mike

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Rob & Monica

Rob & Monica

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Roselyn Jones

Roselyn Jones

DONATION: $50

Great memories of Keila & other fantastic runners in the New York Marathon, Nov. 2007. Loved meeting & watching Keila! 2 years ago

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