That's right, I am running the NYC Marathon and I need your support!
I took on this bold, exciting and quite possibly very stupid challenge to prove to myself and to others that I can do something beyond what I thought I was capable of - in this case, running 26.2 miles. In this process, the extraordinary opportunity to raise money for a remarkable organization called Back on My Feet has provided additional inspiration (and perspiration). Back on My Feet helps combat homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. You can see more below and all over this page about the incredible work they do but I asked my dear friend Terence Gerchberg, the Executive Director of the New York Chapter, what the record was for the most money raised by a runner to date. So, in keeping with the theme of being unreasonable and asking more of myself then I think possible, I need your help to reach my fundraising goal of $30,000! And no, that's not a misplaced comma. And, so you know I mean it, once we hit $30,000, I will pony up $5,000 of my own money to get us to $35,000. Because I'd like the record we set to stand for a little while!
Some people have asked me "Joey, how much should I give?" Give what you can give, of course, but I find that $100 is a nice round number. But please know if I am friends with both you and your spouse, that's $200. You know who you are! Please know that if everyone I send this to did the above, I would have the $35,000 raised for BoMF in a day (and you have no idea for how far BoMF can make $35,000 go!)
Some of you may be saying to yourself, "Joey, this is great and all but we don't talk all that often" My answer is that yes, while it is true we don't talk as often as we used to, you are often in my thoughts. And my thoughts about you right now are that you should donate $100.
Some of you may be saying to yourself "joey, I've seen you get winded walking a flight of stairs! Are you sure you can do this?" My answer is that, while not without setbacks, I have been training hard, have had a ton of guidance and support from people in the know and that I am 100% confident that I will be crossing that finish line on Nov. 4 some way, somehow.
Some of you have asked "Joey, how do I follow you on race day?" There is, of course, an App for that. Below is the url that has all of this info, my race start time is 11:00am and my bib # is 71388. I will be the dot that is imperceptibly moving.
WIth that, I am almost ready to just leave it all to you to support me in any and every way you can, but not before I say that I have been incredibly moved by the outpouring of support and encouragement I have already received and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to to run this race, raise this money for this organization and have so many thoughtful, kind and caring people in my life. Grateful to all of you.
More about BoMF:
By choosing to fundraise for Back on My Feet NYC you are helping raise critical awareness and funds to make a difference in the lives of our members. Back on My Feet helps individuals experiencing homelessness transform their lives through running. While you're training, our BoMF NYC members will be training for the marathon alongside you. And together, mile by mile, we can make a difference. Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.