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Let's Hear it for the Spectators

October 24, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

The ING New York City Marathon is famous not only for its iconic five-borough course, but for the screams and cheers of its spectators. Whether they are your family, friends, or co-workers, they scream, they cheer, they clap, they hold up homemade posters for hours, and they keep you going.  Marathon spectators get us through the tough times. They are there – everywhere – when we need them most to shout words of encouragement. Imagine Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Shedding Tears of Joy

October 22, 2013 by TFK Mentor Sibel Caniar

I’ve never been a big crier but that all changed three years ago, when I ran my first ING NYC Marathon with Team for Kids.

I cried at the start in Staten Island, listening to Frank Sinatra. I cried entering Manhattan for the first time, turning onto First Avenue and hearing the roar of spectators after the quiet of the Queensborough Bridge. I cried when I saw my parents and big brother on 93rd and First Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Tips for the Start: Don't Go out Too Fast!

October 19, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

So many questions, so little time! On our conferece call Thursday night about how to run the marathon, we received a lot of questions about the start and first mile. So here's a recap on how to run the first mile across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as well as some other tips:

-The bridge is an uphill so don't  expend a lot of energy in that first mile.

-The start will be crowded - it doesn't  pay to Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Ask me How my Running is Going

October 17, 2013 by TFK Member Drew Swiss

“Hello, my name is Drew, and I’m a runner.  I run for Team for Kids. Would you like to make a donation?”

While I don’t start EVERY conversation like that, you can bet that I’ll be weaving something to that effect into as many conversations as possible.   Anyone who knows me knows this: if you talk to me for any length of time, eventually I’ll start telling you about my run this morning, and how my Read More

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Digging Deep at Chicago

October 14, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

I just returned from running the Chicago Marathon. We were blessed with a perfect day.  I entered the race with trepidation, as I had pulled my hamstring two weeks before the race and it was not happy.  I worked with a great sports massage therapist, a physical therapist and acupuncturist for the two weeks leading up to the race and sat on a tennis ball on the plane ride to Chicago, hoping for a miracle.

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Categories: Human Interest

Goal Setting: Just Believe in Yourself

October 9, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

Last night at our Marathon Mental Prep Clinic, we had some questions about setting finish time goals for the marathon. Throughout the training season, your TFK coaches have stressed that first timers should just enjoy the event, learn from it, and then set a time goal at the next one (and there will be a next one!). That being said, we do have just a few competitive types who want to make a certain time Read More

Categories: Human Interest


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