With a field of nearly 20,000 athletes taking on the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half, more than 2,000 runners used the race as an opportunity to raise funds for charities and non-profit organizations. The race featured more than 140 official charity partners, raising an estimated $4 million for a wide range of causes.
The biggest group of charity runners came from NYRR Team for Kids, which raises funds for New York Road Runners' free youth running programs. Nearly 500 runners donned the team's signature bright green singlet as they raced through Central Park and Times Square to the finish in Lower Manhattan.
We spoke with a few charity runners to get their thoughts—here's what they had to say.
Stephanie Orlich from Washington, DC and Deana Moore from New York, NY at the United Airlines NYC Half Experience Presented by New Balance
Deana, on how they signed up to run with NYRR Team for Kids: "I work for Fairway Market, and we were looking for an opportunity to give back to the community. We met with New York Road Runners, decided that Team for Kids was the way to go, and we hope that this is the beginning of a lot of things to come."
Paul Chow from Fernie, BC, Canada
On running for a charity: "It gives you a purpose—It's awesome that you're running for a PB, but it's also nice that you've got some kind of purpose to come all the way out here."
Caitlin and Matt Borland from New York, NY
Matt: "My niece was diagnosed with leukemia, so we're running to raise funds for Fred's Team. It's a great cause, and she's getting treatment [at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center], so we just do whatever we can to help."
Caitlin: "Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms, and Amelia was definitely it today."
Runners from NYRR's Team for Kids enjoyed a post-race brunch at Killarney Rose, just a few blocks from the finish line, where they could warm up and share stories of their journeys toward 13.1.
For one group of runners, the event served as a reunion after having run with TFK in last November's TCS New York City Marathon.
L-R: Meredith Venerus from Ballston Spa, NY; Sara Cohen from New York, NY; James King from Brooklyn, NY; Austin Kapetanakis from Staten Island, NY
On running with TFK:
Sara: "The best part is the people—It's a great sense of community, and they get me! I've made friends for life."
James: "I love listening to the kids—they inspire me."