Six Stories That Will Inspire You to Take on the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half

Six Stories That Will Inspire You to Take on the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, the United Airlines NYC Half will welcome 22,500 runners from the five boroughs and beyond to traverse an iconic new course from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Will you be one of them?

The application for guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry into 2018 United Airlines NYC Half is open now and will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on November 30, 2017. The drawing will take place on December 6, 2017.

Whether you snag a spot in the 2018 race through the drawing, a charity partner, time qualification, NYRR Team for Kids, a travel partner, or our Four Out of Six program, you’ll join an amazing field of athletes—from first-timers to pros—each with a unique journey to the starting line.

Meet a selection of the finishers in last year’s United Airlines NYC Half field and learn what drove these runners to take on 13.1 miles in the Big Apple. 

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“I want to make a difference with the time I have been given”

While receiving chemotherapy treatments for multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that has no cure, Kurt Dow trained for the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half, which he ran on behalf of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. “The MMRF’s goal is to prolong the lives of patients like me. I want to do all I can in support of that,” said the 49-year-old from Arlington, TX. “Some days are better than others, but I will fight until the end.” Read more. 

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“It gives you a purpose”

 “It's awesome that you're running for a personal best, but it's also nice that you've got some kind of purpose to come all the way out here,” said 51-year-old Paul Chow of Fernie, BC, Canada after running the 2017 United Airlines NYC with NYRR Team for Kids. Read more.

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“My training forced me out of my comfort zone”

Preparing for the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half made a runner out of former Miss America Mallory Hagan. “I wanted a fitness goal to aspire to, and I also wanted to support Safe Horizon, an organization that helps victims of abuse move from crisis to confidence,” she said prior to last year’s event. Read more.

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“My niece was diagnosed with leukemia”

"We're running to raise funds for Fred's Team,” said Matt Borland of New York, NY, after crossing the finish line at the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half. “It's a great cause, and my niece is getting treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, so we just do whatever we can to help." His wife Caitlin added: "Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms, and Amelia was definitely it today." Read more.

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“This is my big comeback race”

“I know the exact day—Friday, July 3, 2015—that something felt wrong,” recalled Kevin Shea, a 58-year-old software asset manager from Hamilton, VA. “I was running a very easy pace and could not catch my breath.” A month later, Shea was in the operating room undergoing a quintuple bypass, an open-heart surgery that unblocks all five of the major vessels. Read more.

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“My wife and daughter are my motivation”

On March 16, 2014, as Javier Escobar and his wife waited for their daughter to be born, they watched the NYC Half on television from a hospital room in Manhattan. That day, Escobar promised himself he’d run a half-marathon one day. Fast-forward three years, and he’s made good on that promise with a 2017 United Airlines NYC Half finish under his belt. Read more.

Apply now for a spot in the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half or claim your guaranteed entry. 

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