Team for Kids Blog

Hail the Under Dog

March 09, 2014 by Coach Gail

As you head into your last week before the NYC Half, do yourself a favor and watch the You Tube of Olympian Billy Mills winning the 1964 Olympic Games 10K.  (billy mills 10000 meter gold medal final). It will have you up on your feet cheering for this underdog.

Mills, an Oglala Lakota Sioux, was born in 1938 and grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His father had a vision when Read More

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Fastest Kid on the Block?

February 27, 2014 by Coach Gail

The Millrose Games are notably one of the most prestigous track and field events in the nation. For a seven-year-old to run in this event is like being in the junior Olympics. One of our NYRR youth runners worked really hard to get there and placed third in his event, which is called The Fastest Kid on the Block. Meet Walter Hillbarrows, whose training is due in part  the fundraising you do for Team for Read More

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Run Like Toshi

February 26, 2014 by Coach Gail

Some of you may have read the obituary in the New York Times or posted on the NYRR website about Toshiko d’Elia, the first woman to run a sub-three hour marathon at the age of 50. She passed away last week at the age of 84 from a brain tumor. Toshi, as she was known to her friends, started running in her late 40s, completing her first marathon in January of 1976 at the age Read More

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A Team Within a Team

February 11, 2014 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

At Saturday’s TFK long run practice, I had the pleasure of running with TFK member Nicole McNamara and her husband Hayden, expats from Australia.  Hayden ran the NYC Marathon with TFK last November and now it is Nicole’s turn to run the NYC Half. They are the perfect team within a team, giving each other the support and encouragement needed to train for distance events while working and raising three children ages 10,7, and 5.  Read More

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Your Olympic Moment

February 07, 2014 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

I am a sucker for the Olympics. How could you not want to watch athletes who trained their entire lives for this one moment? Who dedicated every waking hour to achieve the perfect triple axle, or for Shaun White to go for his third Olympic medal? Their dedication, the struggles and sacrifices of their families, and their striving for perfection to their craft is mindboggling. 

At NYRR, we are fortunate to have Derrick Adkins, 1996 Olympic Read More

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Lessons Learned from the NYC Half

February 03, 2014 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

When you run with TFK, you get seasoned coaches who have learned valuable lessons throughout their careers. We have accumulated knowledge from running our best races and probably more importantly from our worst. And you, my dear TFKers, are the beneficiary of that knowledge.
So here is a lesson I learned from running one of my worst races. It was 2007 and the New York City Half Marathon was run on a hot, stifling day Read More

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