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116,000+ kids treated at our public kid’s hospital last year!  Want to help us?  We need your support to Save African Kids Lives; your run will make direct impact today.

All and any ability of runner – we’ve had NYC marathon race winners run and represent us and absolute first-time beginners all run with us.  (Hugh Jackman ran his first Half  Marathon with us…   Anthony “Goose” Edwards ran three Marathons and some Half’s with us…

BENEFITS — *Full Coaching from our qualified experts (See coaches below), *Mentorship, * Fund raising help, *Shoe4Africa dri-fit T-shirts, *Pasta party, *Meet-up runs, *Incentives, *Massive store discounts on running gear, *One of our team (20) will get a Hospital bed named in their honor (raffle). *Access Kenya, with us as your insider running guides. *Weekly emailers and more…. Join us all the way to Kenya?  Why not.  Quite a few of our members have!

As an official NYRR & TCS New York City Marathon Charity Partner  it is simple, you sign up to fund raise a minimum of $1,000 for the Half Marathon (tax deductible) to make a life saving difference in Africa, and we get you into the race and start an experience of a lifetime (see testimonials below). Email for more details; toby@shoe4africa.org or text/call 646.932.1416 with any questions.  Have your own entry?  Join us for a low $200 fund raising minimum.

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Testimonials:

“Still taking in all of the excitement from race weekend!  The whole season was so incredible and I am going to really miss your Thursday emails.  I do look forward to hearing about the success of the hospital and please keep sending updates!  I would love to come down and visit next year, could you send more info on how I could do so?
Thanks you so much for everything you do for NYC’s running community and more importantly for the children of Kenya.  It was a weekend I’ll never forget and I truly think that last stretch through Central Park might have been my life’s proudest accomplishment.  I really hope there aren’t any lingering photos of me crying my eyes out in the finish area!
Please do stay in touch, and I hope our paths cross again soon!”
Tim W

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“Thank you so much for all you’ve done and continue to do. You are a true inspiration! Being a part of this team has been an absolute honor.” Hadly O.

Recognize our Shoe4Africa Ambassador in the picture?  He’s run a marathon in 2:00:25!!

“My donors just adored this cause.  We fell in love with Africa with all your weekly emails and you putting us in touch with the Kenyan runners.  We promise to visit soon.  We will fund raise for life.  Marathon day was the ultimate… I cried the entire way, with happiness.”  Anne F.

“Can’t believe I saw Natalie Portman at our pasta party and she was so cool.” Marius S.

“I wish I would have found your organization sooner, as it truly speaks to me as a person, however, I’ve found it now! Fundraising is arduous, yes, and surprising in many ways? People you thought would support you don’t, and strangers change your life. Thank you for all of your support along the way. I’m so excited to meet everyone and have a wonderful race day!” Alexa P.

“What an event. I was so proud to be a part of this charity.  Thanks for allowing me to participate.  And of course, I am very proud on my finish.” Gary W.

“Thank you so much.  I had such an incredible time training, fundraising and running the NYC Marathon with Shoe4Africa!  Truly such an amazing charity and I am proud to have been part of it and help contribute to the public children’s Hospital in East Africa.”  Nicole L.

“I think the work you do is kick ass & felt very proud wearing that shirt today. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it!”  Amy G

“I look forward to meeting all of you on November 4th when we have a great carbo loading dinner and celebration!  Good luck and have fun!”  Anthony Edwards

“Thank you for the allowing me to run the marathon on your team, if was a great fun.” Shaun D.

“Thanks sooo much for letting me be a part of your wonderful team. I felt so inspired the whole way, not only because I kept hearing cheers from the crowd for, “shoe4africa, yeahh!!” but also because I knew I was part of such a meaningful cause. I PRd by 20 min in my second marathon ever, and clocked a 3:19 even though I didn’t think would make it past mile 23 when I started getting dizzy and lightheaded. Something “otherworldly’ seemed to push me through those last three miles, and perhaps it was the sheer knowledge that I had the support of my donors, the team, and all the people we helped in Kenya. I pushed through that wall and collapsed at the finish line- probably the most emotional and physically demanding race I’ve ever run (heck, Thing I’ve ever DONE!). Thank you for letting me be a part of this team, and I will gladly race more in support in the future! All my best.” Zoe J.

“I have to say, I am so happy I ran for charity. In many ways I feel like my run would have very little significance if I had not.”  Melissa E.

“Many thanks for the opportunity you gave us to run with the shoe4africa team. I had a (very) slow but ultimately happy marathon. I want to thank everybody who generously donated to Shoe4Africa for their initiative of constructing and equipping a children hospital in Kenya and to build the associated health and education programs. With your help I reached the 3000 $ mark.” Fabio S.

Recognize our Shoe4Africa ambassador?  She’s won the NYC marathon three times and London three times too!mary_keitanywr

“What a beautiful run yesterday. Thank you so much for having me a part of the team. I felt so proud wearing the S4A jersey those 26.2 miles.” Matt W.

“Sunday was so much fun! Thank you for the opportunity to run with Shoe4Africa. It was a blast.  I had an absolutely perfect day and I would not have changed a thing. I planted myself at the start w/ the 4:30 pace group hoping I’d be able to hang with them for a while. My previous personal best time (Fargo Marathon, May 2011) was 4:35:48. 4:30 was a bit of a stretch, but with race day magic in NYC in play, I thought I might stand a chance. I had a few pangs of fear that I had started too fast and would burn out, but with my wonderful friends and family planted throughout the course and the amazing people of NYC along the way, I propelled myself to a 4:26:56 finish. A personal best by nearly 9 minutes and a faster pace than any of my long training runs!” Alison S.

“I got lots of shout outs along the way for Shoe4Africa including a finish line shout out by the announcers who called my name and mentioned the charity by name too. What a moment that was! The photo I sent of me just after the finish was just after that announcement. I wanted to memorialize that moment in a photo!  Thank you again, so very much, for all your work in making Sunday the day it was. It has been a true pleasure to work with, and run for, you.” Margaret W.

“Because of you, I did this. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I truly cannot express to you how thankful I am for your support. As for me? Ibuprofen, ice, gentleness. Love,” Michelle W.

“Thank you soooo much for allowing me this opportunity!  At around mile 24, as I was running though central park, I began to cry and my pain level was pretty intense.  As tears rolled down my face, a lady by the name of Makia, from NY, came up to me and took me by the hand.   She asked me, “Do you know what you’re doing”.  I said, “Yes”.  She said, “You are running the NYC Marathon…you will not be doing this tomorrow…it will be over with”. Together, Shoe4Africa finished strong.  Together all NYC Marathon charities finished strong.  Together our country will stay strong.  Together, we can initiate global strength.  TOGETHER.  We can not do this life alone and I am happy to do life with all of you amazing partners in the race of life!  Such an AMAZING life experience!!!  Thank you!!!”  Alison Y

“The experience of learning about Kenya, your organization, raising money, and meeting all of the special people involved this weekend made it an experience both of us will never forget. ” Brett H.

“I’m honored to be a representative of the charity.  Helping the less fortunate is how I keep grounded.” Abena M.

“I am so happy to have been a part of the Shoe 4 Africa team. It was such an amazing experience. Running the NYC Marathon was one of the best days of my life! Pretty cool that we also got to meet the Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai just before he went on to win the race and break the course record at Anthony Edwards house pasta party!” Kelly D.

“It was fun, hard, and exhausting running the marathon but very glad I did it and to raise money for Shoe4Africa!” Ashlee R.

“Last weekend was another amazing marathon experience and I’m so grateful to have been a part of the S4A team again. My biggest fundraising year yet! But 3:01-3:02 is really more what I was expecting, especially given the warm temps, wind, and rain. Thanks for organizing the party and getting such a great group of people together for this team. It’s really very special!” Melina B.

“THANK YOU for this amazing opportunity. I feel so fullfilled. I ran and it was a beautiful experience.” Natalie A.

“I wanted to drop a note of thanks for the opportunity to run for and learn about S4A. I will never forget yesterday and look forward to more runs.” H.M.

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We have a team of experts to join you–Meet our coaches: [Link] who will be proving you with….Tips to train better.  Strategies to get you to starting line healthy. Ideas and ways to fund raise in a fun, successful manner.  Of course constant access to coaches and mentorship.