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I’m excited. I’m In!

I have an entry ticket for the 2012 ING New York Marathon, a much coveted race. I did this race back in 2006 and I had a blast. The New York crowd is phenomenal and really spurs you onwards making the 26.2 miles more enjoyable, exciting and not least doable.

Someone recently told me there are more than 50,000 runners for this event and I have heard that the crowd amasses an astonishing 2,000,000 people. To get your entry ticket is not easy. I got mine because I committed to raise funds for the Team For Kids cause and since I really didn’t wish to ask left and right people to step up and chip in, I basically just signed up for donating the funds myself. So today the final amount was donated making my contribution for this worthy cause a full US$ 2,620.

Team for Kids was established in 2002 as the primary charity fund-raising vehicle for New York Road Runner’s youth services division. Funds raised through Team for Kids provide free or low-cost school and community-based health and fitness programs to children who would otherwise have no access to regular physical activity. Currently, our programs serve nearly 100,000 children each year in more than 400 schools across New York City, the nation, and South Africa.  With obesity still on the rise, NYRR’s youth services equip children with the tools they need to become physically fit for life, while also incorporating goal-setting, character-building, and nutrition education.

With a third of the US population being in the weight category obese and another third of the population being overweight, and with a recent number I saw that stated that by 2030 more than half the US population will be obese this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The costs of such a problem on society and not least to each individual suffering from such a state are enormous. I think Team For Kids are doing a great job by focusing on this problem at an early stage of life for the individual kid and I hope they shall succeed in changing many people’s lives for the better.

Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of Team For Kids sent me this thank you note for my donation:

 

Dear Mikkel:

Thank you for joining Team for Kids and Mikkel Pitzner in their commitment to raising much-needed funds for NYRR youth programs. Your generous gift of $2420.00* will have a significant impact on the lives of the more than 115,000 at-risk children who will take part in NYRR youth running programs this year.

With health and fitness programs in New York City, all 50 states, and parts of Africa, NYRR is working to transform the way our children live, learn, and play. By participating in our Mighty Milers or Young Runners programs at school or by attending a free weekend running event in their neighborhood, kids are learning to get active and be healthy – and they’re enjoying it! This spring, Yashiya, an 11-year-old runner from Flatbush, Brooklyn said, “Joining my school’s running team was the best decision I have ever made in my life!” Valuing health and fitness as a child will help Yashiya avoid the health problems that stem from obesity and inactivity that, unfortunately, plague her generation.

Your gift will enable more children in underserved communities to benefit from the life-changing programs offered by NYRR. These programs are funded entirely by donors like you, and we deeply appreciate your support. To learn more, please visit www.nyrrfoundation.org.

Thank you again for helping Mikkel Pitzner reach the finish line of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon and for giving kids like Yashiya a head start toward good health.

Many thanks,

Mary Wittenberg
President & CEO

Team For Kids Thank You Note 2012

Team For Kids Thank You Note 2012

Mikkel Pitzner's Donation page For Team For Kids

Mikkel Pitzner’s Donation page For Team For Kids

My Orange Laces Running For Something Better on Mikkel Pitzner cut

I’ve Got My Laces

Well I’ve got my laces. My Orange laces.

 

My Orange Laces - running for something better - Mikkel Pitzner

 

These are some special charitable laces that are offered for a donation when you sign up for the New York Marathon. I’ve actually made a donation towards such laces a previous year, but I never received them. But this year I have them.Running for something better.

They are right here on my desk, reminding me that I should probably soon commence a little run training, so that I might fare well during the upcoming New York Marathon this November. Hmmm, maybe I should get started tomorrow. Maybe I should pull myself together and get going on this.

I actually look forward to this event. I have run it before, way back in 2006 and it was a great event back then. It was then my second Marathon, with my first being in Paris that same year. My third marathon was then this August which was a part of the New York Ironman US Championship event in New Jersey/ New York area.

Well, I’m not a terribly fast runner. I’m a little on the heavy side and I’m probably also too complacent for getting in a fast time. But if I can pull myself together, then I might actually make a considerable improvement over my 2006 result. Perhaps I should make a decent effort.

I think I will.

No, scratch that! I WILL make a real effort!!

 

Remember also please, that this year I’m raising funds for Team For Kids and I shall welcome any kind support from anybody in any amount to help me accrue some funds for Team For Kids. My fund raising page is here. Again, please do consider throwing a little support this way for a great cause. No matter how small or how large, I will really appreciate it as will Team For Kids.

 

If you wish to revisit my motivation for helping out this cause you may visit this blog post. Thanks for your kind consideration.

 

 

Mikkel Pitzner To Race In The 2013 ING New York Marathon

I’m In!!

Yeah, I have secured my spot for the 2012 ING New York Marathon.

 

Now I have done so by volunteering to fund-raise for a charity and I have mentioned this previously (but not to be confused with the other charity fund-raising I just did for the Team Hole In The Wall at the New York City Triathlon that took place in July), but I had actually overlooked that one important email that gave you a sign up link for the marathon, which otherwise is – as always – completely sold out. Well, to my luck, the kind people from the Team For Kids charity organization sent me a reminder yesterday and luckily enough it caught my eye (I get too many emails that I have lost my need to look at them as intensely as I used to). So I followed the procedure and now I have a guaranteed spot and I have an email response to prove it. The message starts like this:

 

Mikkel Pitzner

You have received guaranteed entry to the ING New York City Marathon 2012.

Your entry number is 846944

 

Well, that is exciting. I have once before run the New York Marathon, back in 2006, and it is a great event with superlative support from about 2,000,000 people cheering you on as spectators throughout the entire run stretch. I’m by no means a very fast runner. Probably too heavy and don’t dig deep enough and don’t train enough nor train quiet right for it. But I nevertheless appreciate the challenge that it is (I actually find it extremely far to run this distance). A lot of thoughts can and will enter your mind throughout a run like this, including not least every possible reason why you should just throw in the towel and quit the run. I’m thankful, though, that I usually have a great deal of will-power, cause sometimes that’s what you really need for you to keep on going.

 

Mikkel Pitzner To Race In The 2012 ING New York Marathon

Mikkel Pitzner To Race In The 2012 ING New York Marathon

 

So what now?

Well, I better keep up with some training. 42 plus kilometers is a stretch and if I’m to be able to get through it decently (for my marathon standards) then I had better put in some training time and get some miles in my legs. It might just also benefit me to get into better shape and lose some of that excess that I seem to have accrued somehow. I look forward to this event a lot though, and who knows, perhaps I will see you there?

 

Meanwhile, please do consider joining in on my fund-raising by adding a small donation to Team For Kids (large donations welcomed too), which you can find here: Support Team For Kids Please.