Charity Runners Make a Difference Through 26.2

Charity Runners Make a Difference Through 26.2

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With a steady light rain coating the five boroughs this afternoon, many runners had to dig deep to make it to the TCS New York City Marathon finish line in Central Park—but thousands of charity runners had plenty of extra motivation to get them through 26.2.

With more than 350 official charity partners for the race, runners could add meaning to their miles for a wide variety of causes. One of the largest charity teams, NYRR's Team for Kids, included more 1,600 runners in last year's race, and looked to continue the effort this year, as they raised funds to support NYRR's free youth and community programs.

Team for Kids staff, as well as many Rising New York Road Runners, were out on the sidewalks to cheer on runners from the front of the field to the very end, with TFK cheer zones near mile 8 in Brooklyn and mile 23 in Manhattan.

One Team for Kids runner, as it turned out, found herself atop the podium at the end of the race. Shalane Flanagan, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist running as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador, broke the tape in the women's race in 2:26:53.

Fellow Team for Kids Ambassadors in the pro field included Tatyana McFadden, who took second in the women's wheelchair division, and Meb Keflezighi, who closed out his 26th and final competitive marathon career with a finish in the top 15 today. Read about their finishes and more from the professional athlete races in our pro race recap.

Keflezighi also welcomed a team of 35 runners in support of his MEB Foundation—one representing each of his 25 previous marathons, plus 10 for his final run here in New York.

Memorial Sloan Kettering's Fred's Team, a longtime charity partner of the race, once again brought runners out in the team's signature orange jerseys. Named for New York City Marathon co-founder Fred Lebow, who underwent treatment at the center in the early 1990s, the team supports cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and brings patients and supporters out every year to cheer runners on from First Avenue.

Team in Training was celebrating its 30th year of having runners in the New York City Marathon, and they brought two of track and field's biggest names out for the occasion. Multi-event athletes Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton ran the first 10 kilometers with team members, and then headed to the finish area to congratulate their TNT teammates.

Inspired to run yourself? You're in luck! You can sign up today to run the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon with NYRR Team for Kids, or if you're looking for something sooner and shorter, you can register now for the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half on March 18. 

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