It’s been said, that you can’t train for a marathon and not have it change your life. Imagine not only changing your life, but positively impacting the lives of others while you do at the marathon of a lifetime!
Gals Who Run amaze us in extraordinary ways all the time. Training for a marathon takes dedication and determination, and first the thought that it’s even possible. Many dedicate to their training to a cause, or fundraiser for a charity to enable their conquest of the marathon to do good. Imagine wanting to take on that 26.2 miles with an added circumstance able runners don’t face, a disability. Is it still possible? Could you do it on one leg? Could you do with no legs from the knee down?
Jami Goldman-Marseilles, who we celebrated on Gals Who Run a couple of weeks ago, lost her legs to frostbite at age 19 after being stranded in a car for 11 days following a snowstorm. Since then and earlier this she has become the first female bilateral amputee to run a marathon. She qualified for the Boston Marathon at Chicago in 2015.
Last week On April 18th, Jami made history again. She stated “It’s not what I have done, it’s what I have overcome.” Jami Goldman-Marseilles incredible finish…making history and becoming the first female bilateral amputee to finish The Boston Marathon.
Watch her amazing finish here: https://www.facebook.com/TWeidenkeller/videos/10206563931684705/
Jami’s display of athleticism and heart, was coupled with years of fundraising, specialized coaching, doctors, and special running legs. The organization that makes the joy of sport possible for amazing athletes like Jami, is the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
It’s one of many organizations that depends on fundraising of passionate people, who with their own training, can enable others the joy of sports. Imagine the fulfillment getting to your own finish line, knowing you have also helped others. Many amazing athletes like Jami, depend on the Challenged Athletes Foundation grants to provide the tools, such as prosthetic running legs, to enjoy the beauty of marathons, triathlons and all sports. This was a feat she never dreamed would be on her bucket list.
What’s on yours?
One of the world’s Major marathons, the TCS New York City Marathon is around the corner, taking place on November 6, 2016. The New York City Marathon is a world-class event and should be on the proverbial bucket list of every runner, no matter if you’re a super-fast sub-elite runner, a dedicated middle-of-the-pack runner or a new runner who might run one marathons in your lifetime.
The entries for registration are closed this year, at almost 50k people, but the Challenged Athletes Foundation is offering a limited number spots on their special team, for able runners who would like the joy of fundraising for this amazing team.
Information for to obtain your charity bib to support team CAF in the ING NYC Marathon in 2016 is here: http://support.challengedathletes.org/nycmarathon2016
It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.
Enjoy the weeks of training knowing you’re fundraising for a wonderful organization that enables others the joy of the marathon too.
Gals Who Run marathon programs require 12 weeks of training and a base of running at certain levels. Find out if you’re best suited for the First or Fastest Marathon training guide. If you are training for NYC Marathon as a member of the #teamCAF , we are happy to provide a Gals Who Run Training guide for your charitable training. We support your efforts in enabling others enjoy the sport of running.
We commend all of those who run marathons for all charitable causes. You embody the nature of runners. A self motivated sport, with a community of selfless people.
May your running shoes take you many happy places, for great causes…in NYC!