The NYC marathon takes participants through the five boroughs with a slight detour through the little known districts of Heartache, Determination, Inspiration and Elation. At the beginning of 2016, Touched by Olivia decided we would like to take part in the world’s greatest race. It would commemorate our tenth anniversary, and be a great way to reconnect with our local community. The call went out and we were delighted when 30 runners signed up.
On November 6th, New York closes car access to her streets and invites 50,000 runners to take part in one of the most iconic marathons in the world. The fun started at 6am when we boarded coaches to Staten Island. Our crew set up camp and stood out, with runners from all over the world requesting pictures with us. A highlight was being interviewed on ABC News (watch here!). Every single runner finished, even those with injuries. The medals are the same, but the memories are personal and individual. It was an elating and emotional experience after months of training and sacrifice. Knowing that we were running for those who can’t kept us going and inspired on this adventure.
Our love and thanks go to the Run for Play Team who rose to the triple challenge:
train for a marathon, self fund your entry and help us to raise $200,000 so everyone can play.
Amy Carr, Mel Cooper, Stumpy Curren, Cathy Dodds, Melinda Doust, Lachlan Downe, Peter Dredge, Susan Gibson, Jason Hameister, Sue Hardaker, Kylie, Harry, Bec Ho, Tom Hollings, David Johnsun, Marnie Jurkowski, Gladys Mallqui, Emma Mauceri, Sean McCann, Fiona Morrison, Parry Nero, Nadia Nero, Vic Nero, Sophie O’Brien, CK Pass, Justine Perkins, Chris Russo, David Simon, Jeff Soo, Andy Thomas, Cath Watson and Sarah Wood.