There is such a thing as angels. I know, because I saw them out on the Fred Lebow Half Marathon this past Sunday shivering in frigid weather with a nasty wind-chill factor. And they weren’t even running – they were standing for more than an hour, cheering! Team for Kids alumni - a drum roll please for: Bruce Stark, Joe Kalinsky, Ravi Adityan, Jenny Maes, Laura Summerhill, Jerry Schelzo, and Vasque Alvarao - were on the course right around 81st street where we meet for marathon practice, with a sign, and bells and whistles, to support their TFK teammates and coaches. We were so bundled up I don’t know how they recognized us for shout-outs but they did. When I saw the homemade TFK sign I couldn’t believe my eyes and then Bruce recognized me from the tiny opening in my facemask and gave me a well-needed TFK greeting that warmed my core.
I was overwhelmed with gratitude and pride. But that’s what you get when you join the TFK family – unconditional love from people who understand why we got out of a warm bed in the dark to face the freeze; who know what it felt like when we went numb in our hands and toes; and showed up anyway with signs, hot chocolate, and warm smiles because they get it – they understand the commitment, the drive, the passion of runners. And they understand what it means to be part of a team and come out to support their teammates even in a polar vortex. So yes, I have seen angels – and they wear TFK Green!