TFK Testimonial: Crystal Vidal

“Are you thinking about running with Team for Kids in the 2016 United Airlines NYC Half? You should not think about it for too long and JUST DO IT! I must forewarn you the overwhelming support you get from the coaches and the kids that cheer YOU along on race day will keep you coming back for more. I’m speaking from experience. Every time I’ve worn that neon green singlet I have hit a PR. The meaning behind those miles is the boulder to any wall you hit on race day. Add meaning to your miles and run for Team For Kids! The love and support is infectious and will be the highlight to your year. Start your running year off right representing Team for Kids in 2016 at the United Airlines NYC Half.” – Crystal Vidal

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Crystal’s Story
I ran for Team for Kids in the 2015 NYC United Airlines NYC Half and it was an emotional feat. It was my return to the first race I EVER ran with NYRR and TFK. I was aiming for a personal record 5-years later! I knew I needed to represent the organization that was there from the beginning with me in 2010. I always love how the coaches want you to do your best and can assess you while running. They are so keen to your physical needs during training and on race day. They are the best support/cheerleader/coach any runner could ask for to conquer such a feat. I’ve had coaches run alongside me with five miles to go telling me exactly how to conquer what lays ahead and how to monitor my fluid intake. Only Team for Kids can do that for US!

I was inspired to raise funds to serve over 200,000 youths across the nation through NYRR running programs, because working in the medical field in an urban area has made me so much more aware of the alarming rise in childhood obesity rates. The retrospective studies I’ve conducted make me want to do so much more for my community. Team for Kids allows me to do just that! I not only recruit family and friends to support the organization, but at the same time raise awareness about the needs of our kids.

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