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Scuba Diver Diving In The Subway At Times Square New York City

Well, No Run This Time Courtesy Of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy moved up from the Caribbean to the Mid-Atlantic and up to the Northeastern United States here late October. We were rather fortunate around here where I’m located in South Florida, but the Northeastern United States got hit pretty severely.

Here is what Wikipedia writes:

Hurricane Sandy was a tropical cyclone of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season that severely affected portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in late October, with lesser effects in the Southeastern and Midwestern states and eastern Canada. In diameter, it was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km). The eighteenth tropical cyclone and named storm and tenth hurricane of the season, Sandy is estimated in early calculations to have caused damage of at least $20 billion (2012 USD). Preliminary estimates of losses that include business interruption surpass $50 billion (2012 USD), which, if confirmed, would make it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history, behind only Hurricane Katrina. Sandy was the 6th hurricane to hit the New England area in the history of the USA, after a 74 year hiatus following the 1938 New England Hurricane.

Wikipedia also states:
At least 181 people have been confirmed killed across the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, and the Bahamas, as a result of the storm.

The 2012 ING New York City Marathon was scheduled for tomorrow and there was much anticipation if it was going to take place or not with all the after effects of the storm. The website of the ING Marathon kept stating that every effort was put into place to make the race a reality as planned, but finally late afternoon yesterday, they finally threw in the towel and cancelled the race.

2012 ING NEW YORK MARATHON CANCELLED

Here’s what the website of ING NEW YORK CITY MARATHON said:

2012 ING New York City Marathon Is Canceled
The City of New York and New York Road Runners announce that the 2012 ING NYC Marathon has been canceled. While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to help New York City recover from the storm. New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead and we thank you for your dedication to the spirit of this race. The Expo will remain open tomorrow.

 

As you may remember, I was signed up for the race and had gotten my ticket as part of my fund raising for Team For Kids organization.

I sympathize much with all those affected by the storm, but I must admit that the cancellation is actually a bit of a relief for me. I would have loved to the run, but I have pretty much done no training, since I obtained a foot injury 3 days into my training, so frankly I would probably not have fared too well. And this race actually deserves a good effort. Also I have been hard at work (something I otherwise try not to be), working on a number of really interesting things, both for my own activities, but also for a couple of other companies. Great things to come very, very soon.

I also can only imagine what a mess logistically it would have been to try to get 50,000 people plus to race start line, seeing that more than likely numerous parts of the transportation is yet inoperable after the storm. Here is a humorous image that has been thrown around on the internet describing parts of the problem:

Scuba Diver Diving In The Subway At Times Square New York City

Now, please do remember that just because I post a humorous image such as the above, it does not imply that I have no sentiments or feelings for those affected by the storm.

 

Anyway, I guess I will have more time to recover from my foot injury and get back into shape before my next race – and that’s definitely a good thing. Too much sitting still in front of a computer, does not make you fast nor does it get you in good shape. And hey, at least Team For Kids still get to keep my donation of US$ 2,620 – that’s right, that would correspond to US$ 100 for each of the 26,2 miles that that makes up a Marathon distance.

I do, however, look forward to the next chance that I can participate in this race. The New York City Marathon is an awesome experience and one that I hope that I shall relive many more times to come as a participant (have only done one of the New York City Marathons – back in 2006).

Meanwhile I send my condolences and thoughts to whose who lost a loved one or were otherwise severely affected by the storm and ask you to consider making a donation to the Race To Recover Marathon Fund to aid New Yorkers impacted by the storm. Here is the content of an email just received from the New York Road Runners:

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that the 2012 ING New York City Marathon has been canceled.

The decision was made after it became increasingly apparent that the people of our city and the surrounding tri-state area were still struggling to recover from the damage wrought by the recent extreme weather conditions. That struggle, fueled by the resulting extensive and growing media coverage antagonistic to the marathon and its participants, created conditions that raised concern for the safety of both those working to produce the event and its participants. While holding the race would not have required diverting resources from the recovery effort, it became clear that the apparent widespread perception to the contrary had become the source of controversy and division. Neither NYRR nor the City could allow a controversy over the marathon to result in a dangerous situation or to distract attention from all the critically important work that is being done to help New York City recover from the storm.

NYRR, in partnership with the Rudin Family and the ING Foundation, has established the “Race to Recover” Marathon Fund to aid New Yorkers impacted by the storm. Over $2.6 million has been raised, including a $1 million donation by NYRR. We are asking you to join us by making a $26.20 donation, or whatever you can afford, to help bring recovery and hope to those communities and families most affected. Proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy Relief, administered by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. You can also donate to the relief effort through NYRR’s fundraising platform, CrowdRise, which includes the American Red Cross and other charities.

NYRR will redeploy the marathon resources and materials toward the recovery effort. We will share the details of this project as they are finalized in the days ahead.

We all recognize this has been a very challenging time in New York City that has impacted so many people, including you, our runners. Please know that this is one of the toughest decisions we have ever made, and that we deeply appreciate your support.

Another Race – Another Donation



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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.

Mikkel Pitzner At INC NYC MARATHON 2006

Please Help Me Achieve My Goal!

“Please help me achieve my goal!” – I’ve set a huge and possibly crazy goal for 2012 – I’m going to run the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, carbohydrates, and ice baths, but I am determined to finish strong! I’ve also decided to include fundraising for a charity, NYRR Team for Kids, in my 2012 goal – because I thought I wouldn’t be busy enough! Team for Kids supports youth running programs in underserved communities with a goal of getting kids everywhere to lead active and healthy lives. Will you help me reach my goal of crossing the finish line, and help thousands of kids along the way, too?

“I can’t do this without you!” – I’ve taken the plunge – I’ve signed up to run the 2012 ING New York City Marathon this fall and also to raise money for a charity called Team for Kids! Over the next several months, I will run more than 600 training miles and I will raise funds to support youth running programs in underserved communities. I’m really excited to have made this huge commitment but I can’t do it without your help. Will you put me forever in your debt and donate to my marathon fundraiser? Look at it this way – at least you won’t have to run 600 miles with me!

 

Please consider donating. Visit Team For Kids to donate.

 

Mikkel Pitzner at the 2006 ING NY MARATHON

 

See also http://mikkelpitzner.com/team-for-kids-fund-raising/

Gabriel Hospital San Diego Cut

Team For Kids Fund Raising

I just got signed up for Team For Kids Fundraising today.

Funny how getting a child changes you. It really does. Thankfully for the better. Becoming a parent and experiencing the awe of such a miracle life is, seeing it develop and transform in your offspring right in front of your eyes certainly has made some really huge shifts in me. And when we had the scare of our little son’s kidney problems being revealed to us last summer, the preciousness and potential fragility of life also became more apparent and you suddenly realize that you really have to appreciate every moment you have and also just how privileged and fortunate you are. It also spurred in me a spark of wanting to contribute in some way back to the universe, back to great causes and back to those who are less fortunate less privileged. Suddenly it is no longer just me, me, me and me. Suddenly, you find that life is so much grander outside the me.

 

Gabriel being strapped in on the gurney before transportation from emergency room to another hospital

 

Arrival at the second hospital. We ended up being transferred yet to a third hospital.

 

Gabriel hooked up to all sorts of monitoring devices and drops

 

I cannot help but being in awe of how well Gabriel took all the commotion and unpleasantries at the hospital

Yep, there was a machine that said "PIIING" and there were all sorts of alarms all the time

 

My Most Favorite People In The Universe

Still Happy - Always a great kid

Finally out of the hospital and instead in a nice 5 star hotel, getting a real bath - in the sink

Gabriel these days - about 7 months later

 

So I started ever so slightly last year, contributing with minor means to certain causes of my personal choice. While I may have supported certain causes most of my life, there really was no real direction for it and certainly no real commitment from my personal side and it never contained much of a personal involvement. I still feel that there are limits to what I can give, but I realize that we all posses possibilities of aiding to some extend, some times with small or large donations, sometimes by spreading the word, sometimes by actually being involved in voluntary work for cause or by a multitude of other smaller of bigger ways of helping one or several causes.

I have always had my favorite causes that usually all involved animal welfare and I still would preserve a real emotional tie towards these, but once I received my beautiful son into this world, my affinity for children and humans dramatically changed for the better and became vastly more positive. Last year I was introduced to a couple of really great organizations and projects that I certainly will revisit again and have ideas for and personal commitment set up in my plans for roll out this year, but today the choice went to Team For Kids.

From Team For Kids website, www.tfkworldwide.org you can learn the following:

Team for Kids is a committed group of adult runners from around the world who add meaning to their miles by raising funds on behalf of New York Road Runners youth services…Funds raised by Team for Kids members allow NYRR to provide free or low-cost school- and community-center based health and fitness programs to children who would otherwise have little to no access to regular physical activity. Currently, our programs serve nearly 100,000 children each year in more than 400 schools and community centers in New York City, nationally, and in Africa.

So in other words, I have just started my personal involvement in the fund raising for Team For Kids. So if you are reading this and wish to be part of this and show your support, it will be greatly appreciated not just by me, but most certainly by some children whose lives will be improved by the efforts of the work done by Team For Kids . Donating is super easy, just visit my fundraising page and donate there. Oh, and as you will see from the fundraising page, I’m running the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. I am adding meaning to my miles.

 

And in terms of Gabriel. Well, I am glad you asked and to be able to report that I really see all his former problems with the kidneys are past us and that he will suffer no more complications from this or anything else.

 

 

See also http://mikkelpitzner.com/please-help-me-achieve-my-goal/

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