Around 20 Team UNICEF runners came out to run for children this week, despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York and the cancellation of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. The marathoners joined hundreds of other runners for a 6-mile loop around the park and were cheered on by friends and family members. Over the last nine months, the 60 Team UNICEF runners have raised over $227,000 for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
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Every year, my family and I stand on the sidelines of the NYC Marathon and cheer on the runners from all over the world who have taken on this enormous challenge. This year, we’ll be cheering for two U.S. Fund for UNICEF staff members who are running in the marathon for Team UNICEF. Jennifer Lee and Taylor Conger are both training right now to finish the 26.2-mile marathon and raise money to help children all around the world. These two dedicated athletes have already reached their initial fundraising goal of $3,500 each, and have now upped their goal to a combined total of $10,000—all of it for UNICEF.
Long-distance runners know how to pace themselves, but there’s benefit in sprinting, too
In addition to Trick-or-Treating this weekend, we supported UNICEF in other ways as well: in conjunction with the ING New York City marathon, we hosted all the Team UNICEF runners and their supporters!
There was a pasta party Friday night, where runners, friends and family were inspired by speakers who reminded us that training for a marathon demonstrates commitment and dedication, as does UNICEF in doing whatever it takes to save children’s lives. We distributed “cheer gear” to the cheer captains, who had agreed to recruit volunteers and supporters to five stations throughout the course.
As you may have heard, the U.S. Fund has recruited 40 runners to raise funds for UNICEF and participate in this weekend’s ING New York City Marathon. We would like to extend a heartfelt invitation to you and to your friends to support Team UNICEF during the marathon on Sunday, November 1.
UNICEF volunteers and staff will be stationed in locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens starting at 10:00 a.m. to cheer Team UNICEF participants on.