I wake up in the morning and wonder if I can stay in bed a little longer. My timed coffee machine finally lures my out of bed and I turn the TV on to check the weather. It's going to be a nice day, a little windy but, sunny and warm. As I get ready for work, I wonder if I should have lunch outside with some friends. It would also be nice to go for a long walk, do some shopping or window shopping. I start to get a little annoyed that work is getting in the way of my day planning.
Then I start to think about work, I can leave early if I want but, I know I have a lot to do and I think I’m already late. I start to get excited at the thought of finally finishing some projects today. I feel lucky that I love my job.
For many years now, my life has been quite charmed. It is filled with great friends, a loving family, exciting work, and lots of laughter. I have few worries and many good times.
My life wasn't always this way. I grew up in Spanish Harlem and was very poor. If it hadn't been for The East Harlem School and The Robin Hood Foundation, I'm sure things for me would've turned out very differently.
I want to run in this marathon because I feel a desire to help those in need. I have been given so much, I want to give back in any way I can. I know that it's going to be a very long and difficult summer training for this marathon but, I will make it through knowing that I'm finally doing something that can really make a difference.
I'll think about the people I see sleeping under bridges, on the side of the street, in front of churches, on the benches in the subway. I’ll think about parents struggling to find ways to feed their kids, much like my mother did when I was younger. I'll think about what kind of day they all wake up to.
I'll make it through for them.
Please help me reach my goal. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Robin Hood wrote -
Whether you’re a runner who didn’t win the lottery or someone who just wants to show their love for NYC by taking a "little" stroll through the Big Apple, this is your chance to lace up and do some good. And with 1.8 million New Yorkers living in poverty, there is still a lot of good that needs to be done.
By racing for Robin Hood you can enjoy the perks of being a team player. Benefits include:
- Transportation on the team bus to the starting line on race day (Party bus complete with psych-up music)
- Private Team Robin Hood tent at the marathon start with refreshments and private restrooms (No bathroom lines = happy runners)
- Pre-race Team Robin Hood pasta dinner (Did someone say carbo-load?)
- Post-marathon Team Robin Hood party (We promise not to disappoint.)
- Invitations to premiere Robin Hood events for lead fundraisers (We are friends with Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas. You know you want to be, too.)
- Weekly team training runs (Who knew running could be so fun?)
In addition, you’ll be able to invite your friends and family to Robin Hood’s fabulous Mile 20 Block Party. This big bash includes a Jumbotron featuring all 40,000 runners as they step into the Bronx and hit the wall of sound—the ear-splitting sound of Robin Hood supporters and family members cheering on their heroes, backed up by our own house DJ.
The clock is ticking. It will be race day in no time.
To get your marathon number, get more information, or learn about corporate team opportunities, please contact Molly Brethauer at email@example.com.
The race to help New Yorkers in need is on!