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For my first marathon, and my first race, it is only fitting that it be the TCS NYC Marathon. It is also only fitting that I run in support of Shoe4Africa, a charity I have known about and supported from afar since I moved to New York 8 years ago. Shoe4Africa has built the second of only three public children’s hospitals that serve the entire region of sub-Saharan Africa. Its facilities have served hundreds of thousands of children and trains local health care professionals. Not limited to just health care, Shoe4Africa has created five public schools, with the Mary Keitany (2018 NYC Marathon champion) Secondary School having just opened in 2018, and more are in the works. You can read more about everything that S4A is doing here: https://shoe4africa.org/

A little bit about me- I grew up in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado with a skier for a father and a trail runner for a mother. My mother is not a “let’s go for a quick jog” kind of runner, rather she is a “let’s run up and around mountains in the backcountry and not come down until we are hungry” kind of runner. I always thought she was crazy until I got into running.

I was a professional ballet dancer until about 2 years ago, when I made the conscious decision to pursue other avenues in life. I wasn’t able to run while being a dancer because it built the wrong muscles for ballet and added to the injury pain that I already was dealing with. When I stopped dancing, I turned to running as my primary form exercise and I haven’t looked back. I am so excited to have the opportunity to run this race and to be doing it for Shoe4Africa!

Thank you all for visiting and supporting! Cheers!

Best,

Cassie