Runners raising money for a relay on behalf of a running charity! Twelve of us New York-area residents will be running a collective 200 miles over the course of 24 hours in this year's Reach the Beach relay taking place in New Jersey Oct. 12th through the 13th. All the money raised beyond expenses will go to the Back on My Feet charity, a truly great cause that just opened its New York chapter in April, its ninth city throughout the country with more on the way. Back on My Feet is dedicated to helping homeless and other underserved populations, facilitating independence and self-sufficiency by first engaging them in running. We know how much running has helped us in our own lives and have seen it do wonders for so many of its participants. Any donation you can make towards our goal makes you a part of this adventure and supports a wonderful organization.
Team "Back on My Flippers" will have to run before we can swim. Meet some of the runners:
Mishka Vertin is the program director for Back on My Feet's New York chapter, on top of being an accomplished karaoke singer, dance walker and costume enthusiast.
Aja Marsh is the founder of the wildly popular and fun New York running club North Brooklyn Runners, which makes her a local hero to many. Also, a photographer, chef and general creative type.
Kate Maxwell is a triathlete and organizer extraordinaire, whether it comes to her role as NBR social coordinator or her various marketing positions at today's hippest social media startups. She often runs so fast she makes photos blur.
Marie McGill has no equal when it comes to teaching today's youth or when it comes to channeling Nancy Sinatra.
Max Frumes aims to be a professional 24-hour relay van driver one day. He keeps himself busy presently by inventing obscure competitions where he's likely to finish top 3 at least.
Mike Jurasits, who runs with BoMF at the Bowery Mission, is a very enthusiastic: dancer, runner, gourmand. He hasn't been to the Jersey shore since high school, and hopes it does not recognize him.
Raymund Riparip is an avid eater and an amateur runner. He is excited to be part of a relay team supporting a great organization with an amazing cast of characters.
Brian is really ready to "dive in" to this race! He couldn't be happier to run for such a great cause as Back on My Feet, and couldn't imagine a more fun group of people to be doing it with. I mean, what other group of people would convince him to bring his short shorts collection out of retirement?
Nargus Harounzadeh, vintage stuff enthusiast and costume extraordinaire, spends a good chunk of her time plotting her future farm of goats, emus, llamas, and alpaca.
Timmy Mann is the enforcer of the group whose preternatural calm is only second to his stealth.
Lauren Su will travel to far off exotic lands such as New Jersey as often as possible, especially for a good cause.
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