Giving back

The New York City Marathon and I have some unfinished business.

My plan is to settle this...this year. But I do not want to pay a huge amount of money to one of the international travel partners of the New York City Marathon. I would rather put this money towards charity. Or just run to raise money for a charity.

Can you guess what's coming next?

So, in the last couple of weeks I've been emailing several charities. I didn't hear back from most of them. Even after emailing them again and again...and again. For example: I would have loved to raise money for the American Cancer Society, and even after emailing them the personal story of our family, and telling them that that's the reason why I would love to join their 'Determination' program...no answer. Any advice on getting through their selection process?

Okay, so I haven't heard back from most of the charities, but I did get a reply from some of them. And those replies were extremely nice! Thing is that I need to register soon, and I really can't make up my mind. I've narrowed it down to these three:

1. Team for Kids;
2. Fred's Team;
3. Team Hole in the Wall.

Any advice? Any personal experiences with these charities?


ltlindian said...

no personal experience, but team hole in the wall has my vote. Looks like it's a really awesome charity.

giraffy said...

I second Team Hole in the Wall!

PunkRockRunner said...

Hole in the Wall.

Also - I'm running NYCM this year too!!

All the best,


JLT said...

i've done tnt but think that everyone i know for hole in the wall loved it. i liked tnt but its a huge group.

not to forgive the charities for not answering you but it's really early fro NYCM signup/training... I think most get 'started' in june so its an april/may signup. although i'm out of the loop as to when you hear re lottery.

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

I can hook you up with a few charities. A friend helps runs the American Diabetes Association. I have and in with the Girl & Boy Scouts of America. Contact me off the thread. Let me know what you are interested in and I will make some calls. I can probably make it happen. I know many people who have contacts into many charities.


rinusrunning said...

Geen idee en misschien is het een optie om eens je eigen chip tijdens de bekende grote marathons in Nederland éven uit te lenen aan een snelle mannelijke loper zodat je een snelle tijd op je naam hebt staan zodat je zonder problemen rechtstreeks in kan schrijven voor bijvoorbeeld Boston of Newyork!.
Velen zijn je al voor hehaan en een stuk goedkoper dan de bekende reis organisaties.
Maar dit niet door vertellen hoor ;-).
Groet Rinus.

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Rinus: Hahahahaha! Da's een goeie! Maar klinkt wel een beetje als valsspelen. ;)