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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

Categories: Human Interest

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

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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 Read More

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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 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 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.

I Read More

Categories: Human Interest