This invitation may make you wonder why ... why the heck is Nancy running another marathon ... and why for the Museum of Chinese in America? The answer to the second question first: The commemoration of the Golden Spike has special meaning for me as my father was among thousands of young people who hopped freight trains across the country during the Depression in search of work. His journey took him on the Transcontinental Railroad from LA to NY, where he settled and eventually met my mother. So on a personal level, I am grateful to the laborers who made that trip possible - as well as for the extraordinary contribution they made to the development of this country.
And that begins to answer the first question: even though I grew up in New York City (the greatest city in the world!), when I ran in the 2010 NY Marathon I saw the city - lots of it - in a way I never had, and would never be able to see in any other way - down the middle of closed-off streets, with thousands and thousands of people encouraging the runners in inimitable New York fashion. While I didn't see myself doing it again, when the opportunity came up to participate with MOCA I jumped at it. Once again, my goal is simply to finish; along the way this time, my intention is to connect with my fellow runners/walkers and spread some of that love and gratitude I feel for my first home - which I also refer to as my third parent - and its citizens and visitors. I hope you'll help support this journey.
At the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), a national cultural institution that tells the untold stories in the making of America through the lens of the Chinese immigrant experience, visitors are greeted with the Chinese proverb: “*A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.*” It is their way of honoring the pioneering spirit of not only Chinese immigrants but all immigrants who sacrificed and dared to take the first step that blazed a path for future generations in America.
In 2019, MOCA celebrates the 150th anniversary of the historic moment when a golden spike was driven into the ground at Promontory Summit in Utah to mark the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. To commemorate this milestone, MOCA has launched the MOCA Spike 150 initiative to honor the resilience, grit, and ingenuity symbolized by the thousands of laborers — many of whom were of Chinese ancestry — who toiled and gave their lives to build America into the country it is today. This nine-month journey will allow MOCA to tell 150 untold stories in the making of America as participants of MOCA Spike 150 run across the country culminating in the TCS NYC Marathon on November 3, 2019.
MOCA welcomes you to join them in this unprecedented initiative.
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