The Meaning Behind Your Miles – July

Welcome to Reasons to Run, your monthly TFK newsletter.  We’ll cover information on our youth programming that you can use for your fundraising, inspire you with profiles of our kids and TFK members, and hopefully encourage you to keep up the great work with your training.  We welcome your comments and feedback!

As you get ready for your marathon — and the upcoming fundraising deadline — take pride in the fact that your fundraising is helping NYRR transform the lives of more than 200,000 under-served kids. As a marathon runner in training, you have a lot in common with our kids: you are both passionate about training, working hard to meet your goals, and reaping the lifelong benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

What it Costs to Keep Them Running
$50 supports one child for one year in Mighty Milers
$500 Transports 50 kids to a weekend road race
$1,000 Produce a developmental track meet for 300 kids
$3,000 Support a Young Runners team for 3 seasons

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Kids Earn Multiple Medals

This past school year, our youth running programs set a record number: 135,000 Mighty Milers from about 600 schools in New York City and throughout the country collectively ran 4.7 million miles. That’s an average of 34.8 miles per kid, more than a marathon!  NYRR’s youth running programs have transformed the lives of kids from underserved communities by giving them the gift of running and teaching them determination, dedication, and commitment.

Pam Edwards, the principal at MS 447 in the Bronx, is thrilled to have the program at her school. “Many of our students have improved academically due to their experiences with the program.” She adds, “When kids are happy, motivated, and feel empowered, dramatic changes can take place. If you give students the opportunity, they will perform.”

And we know you will perform well on November 2nd. Think of these kids when you need to dig deep.

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Matthew Slawter, 32, of Jonesville, North Carolina, wears a lot of hats: he is a full-time nurse working 40-hour weeks; he is attending school to earn his BS degree as a step toward realizing his goal of becoming a nurse anesthesiologist; he’s a dad to six kids; and, he is training for the TCS New York City Marathon with TFK.  Two years ago he was 40 pounds overweight and diagnosed with high blood pressure. He was put on medication but also decided to take his health in his own hands and started running to lose weight. He joined a running club and ran his first marathon in November of 2013.

That same month he watched the New York City Marathon on television and was inspired to run it – “Now there’s a marathon!” he remembers saying – and I can run it for charity. He signed up with Team for Kids, bypassing the lottery. “My kids have great running programs in their schools and I see the value that running has added to their lives,” says Slawter. “All kids should have the gift of running and by joining TFK I am doing my part to make sure they do.” His wife and oldest daughter, who will celebrate her 14th birthday on marathon day, will accompany him to New York. “This is a big event in all our lives and I look forward to meeting the rest of the TFK team and running my heart out with them on November 2 for the kids,” said Slawter.

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Youth Quotes

“To be a good runner takes more than just hard work. It takes strategy. It takes running through the finish line with your last effort and then bursting with pride.” – Joshua, 10, P.S. 126

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Summer Volunteer Opportunities

We have several volunteer opportunities available for our TFK members with our Summer Youth Programs listed below. Volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application and background check which can be found here. Please note background checks take approximately one week to process and can be emailed to this address: teamforkids@nyrr.org.

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Volunteer Details

Run for the Future (RFTF)
provides free training for New York City high school girls to get fit, develop leadership skills, and earn money for college. The young women meet weekly and train to run the Percy Sutton 5K race at the end of summer. Upon completion of their first 5K the girls will earn a $1000 scholarship toward college.

RFTF Practice Support
What: Run with and offer support to RFTF girls at practice.
When: M,W,F from 5:30pm-7:30pm until Friday August 22nd
Where: Central Park, Columbus Circle Entrance

RFTF Percy Sutton 5K Run, Race Buddy
What: Run the Percy Sutton 5K as a Race Buddy and help one of the RFTF girls complete their first race!
When: Saturday, August 23rd, 8:30am
Where: Harlem

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Volunteer Details

High School Cross Country (HSXC)*
is designed to take high school runners to the next level. Training here is two-fold: physical and mental. Over the course of four weeks, expert coaches will guide runners through challenging workouts that will improve endurance, speed, and form. On the academic side, informative clinics focus on topics such as positive psychology and proper nutrition.

HSXC PRACTICE SUPPORT
What: Run with and offer support to High School Cross Country team at practice.
When: M,T,W from 4:00pm-7:00pm until Wednesday August 13th
Where: Central Park, Columbus Circle Entrance

*HSXC is only open to experienced runners

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