The Meaning Behind Your Miles – September

There are many reasons why people run marathons. Whether it’s a bucket list item, a milestone birthday or in memory of a loved one, it is an insurmountable achievement and the fact that you chose to run it for Team for Kids will make your 26.2 journey even more significant! The money you raised will have a significant impact on the lives of nearly 200,000 youth who participate in NYRR youth running programs annually. That thought should help ease the aches and muscle soreness you may experience on your way to the finish line while earning your marathon medal.

While you’re earning your marathon medal, our Mighty Milers and Young Runners are back in school working toward their own marathon medals! Similar to the medal you will earn, our Mighty Milers will earn a medal after running 26.2 accumulated miles throughout the course of their program. Learning to value health and fitness at a young age will help them avoid health problems that stem from obesity and inactivity. And for that, we owe a big thanks to you and your generous donors!

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Kids Have Fun and Earn Valuable Lessons at the Jamboree

This October 25th, the NYRR Youth Jamboree will bring thousands of New York City schoolchildren to the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in Upper Manhattan for a day of fun and games. Open to students from pre-K through 12th grade, these day-long events are an opportunity for our youth to learn about track and field by taking part in dashes, distance runs, hurdles, jumps, and throws. The sky’s the limit for what these kids can accomplish when they start early and embrace an active lifestyle.

For many of them, it’s the first time they have been outside the confines of their neighborhoods as they get an opportunity to explore new vistas and meet new friends. The Jamborees – free to all thanks to your fundraising! – are held three times a year in premier New York City athletic facilities. As TFK members, you can volunteer at the Jamborees and witness the future of running in our kids!

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Young Runner Finally Feels Like A Normal Kid

Emiliano Romero-Reyes immigrated to the Bronx from Mexico with his family when he was five years old. He started school as a kindergartener, taking ESL classes to learn English, but his bigger hurdle in life was being born with a defective kidney and liver. Emiliano was put on a transplant list and tried to live a normal life, but always felt tired At school, he couldn’t participate in any sports and never felt part of the student community.

In 2009, his mother made the decision to donate one of her kidneys to her son. The transplant was a success, but Emiliano was still in need of a liver transplant. In 2013, he received the good news that a donor had been found and Emiliano underwent the liver transplant. After the transplant, Emiliano couldn’t wait to get back to school and start participating in sports. His coach, Maureen Carson, remembers the day Emiliano came to an information session about joining the Young Runners team. “We all knew Emiliano’s background and how much he had gone through, but also his persistence and perseverance to be normal so I wasn’t surprised that he wanted to join the team,” recalls Carson.

Emiliano, now nine, is healthy and running on his Young Runners team. His teammates are very protective of him and make sure he is never left alone in practice. “Being part of my Young Runners team makes me feel like I am finally a normal kid,” says Emiliano.

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Youth Quotes

“When you hear little voices in your head saying you can’t do something, don’t listen to them. Running will help you overcome them.” – Nakita Boucree, 13, P.S. 46

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Fall Volunteer Opportunities

We have two fall volunteer opportunities available for our TFK members through our Youth Programs listed below. Sign up begins Friday 9/26 at 6pm for the Youth Jamboree and Friday 10/3 at 6pm for Run with Champions. Volunteer spots fill up quickly so be sure to sign up fast! To sign up, log in to MYNYRR then select “Volunteer” on the left sidebar and move forward with your application online.

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Volunteer Details

Youth Jamboree

Come out and experience the excitement and thrills of our October Jamboree at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in Upper Manhattan on October 25th. See first hand how your fundraising donations are put to work as kids learn the basics of track and field and have so much fun doing it you’ll want to join in the festivities! The energy level equals the decibel level as kids, parents and their coaches cheer for their teammates. A day at the Jamboree will renew your spirit and give you a mile-wide smile for the entire day.

Volunteers are needed to help with our youngest runners and also distributing t-shirts and assisting with the shot put, long jump, 55 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter, and ribbons.

What: Youth Jamboree
When: Saturday Oct.25th
Where: New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory

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Volunteer Details

Run With Champions

As you prepare for your marathon, see how well our kids are doing with their running. Run with Champions is held in Central Park on Thursday, October 30, and links our youth runners to the TCS New York City Marathon champions. The morning-to-noon event includes a one-mile run, a 400-meter fun run for younger runners, an obstacle course, noodle javelin and interaction with some of the world’s greatest marathoners. Central Park will be prepping for the marathon as the grand stands go up and the out-of-town runners do their warm-ups through the fall foliage of beautiful Central Park. Be a part of this tradition!|

What: Run with Champions
When: Thursday Oct. 30th
Where: Central Park, TCS New York City Marathon Finish Line, Central Park West and W67th Street

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