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We’ve your entry;  Golden Anniversary New York City Marathon 

100% of your fundraising goes to building Sub-Saharan Africa’s 1st Children’s Cancer Hospital (in Kenya’s world famous running town!) – be a part of something that will change the world.

TEAM-PERKS BELOW, Ultimate VIP service team (Hugh Jackman’s choice!)   Lowest fundraising minimum, make your miles truly count by saving kids lives!  Every day in Kenya over 420 kids are treated at our Public Children’s Hospital.  Your run supports these kids.  A charity that KNOWS running; The men’s & women’s marathon world record holders are our ambassadors.

1. Free flight… to Kenya!!  Top fund raising prize*  Come fly and run with us in Kenya, see our projects in person, meet the famous Kenyan runners. (see below)

2. The knowledge that every dollar of your fundraising is going to build Africa’s 1st Kids Cancer Hospital.  In 2015 we opened East & Central Africa’s 1st Public Children’s Hospital; treating over 420-kids per day!  (+1,900 kids going to our six schools daily!)

3. Full training plan.  Qualified comprehensive coaching support by great team of experienced coaches for runners of ALL abilities.  Our coaches, (Former official NYC marathon lecturer, and 15-year board member) have decades of experience with this race (wrote the Essential Guide to Running the New York City Marathon), with all levels of runners, from beginner to world elite.  We’ve coached hundreds to finish this race.  Webinar, email, and phone support for out of towners.

4.  Shoe4Africa swag bag with goodies.

5.  Weekly emails where you get to learn more about the kids you are saving,  and our charity and bond with our team. Tips, stories and more.  Multi-week training plans to get you prepared.

6.  Group runs with our team in NYC.

7.  Fantastic Pre-race Pasta dinner for you and your family. Last year at the Trendy Wooly Public, in the Woolworth Building.

8.  Fundraising tips from our experts (who have raised millions) and 24/7 help/advice to get you to your goal.  Support all the way. Your own FUNdraiser page: Using one of our fundraising pages is quick, easy and free. And it means that more of the money you raise online goes towards beating cancer sooner.

9.  An invite to join us when you are in Kenya for a once-in a lifetime trip and join some of the very best runners in the world as they hand out gifts, with you, at our hospital and visit one of our schools with our world champ ambassadors.  Several team members have done this, having the trip of a lifetime.  If you are on our team, we’ll help you make it happen.

10.  Cool tech Shoe4Africa (brand name) running shirt as worn by our CELEBRITY AMBASSADORS.

11. Your name on our Wall of Fame at the hospital for all time.  We will have a flatscreen displaying the names of the people who made this hospital a reality.

BONUS Run on the Team of Champions.  Runners such as Eliud Kipchoge (1:59:40), Evans Chebet (2:03:00) and Amos Kipruto (2:03:30), Brigid Kosgei (2:14:04) and Mary Keitany (2:17:01) are regular visitors to our hospital and part of our team to help Kenyan kids.  Will you join them??

Have your own entry?  Join our team us for a low $250 fund raising minimum!

Raise the minimum bronze level pledge of $3,000 (tax deductible, matching gifts accepted) and we have your official bib number to run the greatest marathon.

If you want us to pay your race entry we can do that, just email us for a slightly higher pledge.

All runners get free race day transport courtesy of the NYRR!  Every Runner gets a 50th year Anniversary book!!

November 2019 – Lisa Adams, and Jeff Zitsman win flights to come to Eldoret, Kenya and run with the Champions!  Will you be our winners in 2021?

November 1st, 2019 – T-Mobile’s John Legere donates $26,000 to be spread out over our fundraisers pages to help them meet their goals!

We have been an official marathon partner since 2009 (see our testimonials below). Email for more details; toby@shoe4africa.org or text/call 646.932.1416 with any questions.

Ask about our Manhattan Hotel & Flight included fund raising package!


Actors;  Hugh JackmanTom Cavanagh, Anthony Edwards, James Legros.

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


Hi Toby,

I recently got back into running two years ago for many reasons, health, hobby and just for enjoyment of it. But when I heard about a cause that I could apply my love of running for, how could I say no?

Running for Shoe4africa changed my life in ways I never thought possible, It opened my eyes to things I’d never see myself doing. I look at life differently now, and it has enlightened me as a person. It’s a beautiful thing what the charity does for the children in Africa.

To know that I can help children in need by doing something I love. It was them who pushed me through the training, the pain, the moments of giving up. I did it for them.

It was a honor to run for Shoe4africa. I always look forward to your emails about the children and ongoing projects. I can’t thank you enough! I would love to continue to be apart of the charity, and of course try to raise as much as we can for future projects. If so, would it be possible to run again for Shoe4africa in the 2020 NYCMARATHON?


Labinot M. 2019

Hi Toby, Words cannot begin to describe the elation I have felt since completing the 26.2. The buildup to raceday over the past 10 months has been an incredible experience: periods were grueling, but many were enlightening. To see what the human body has the power to do is incredible and to push myself to the limit has given me new perspective on endurance and training.

Participating under Shoe4Africa made me feel proud to be a runner, proud to tell everyone about you and the differences you make on a daily basis. I am excited the donations rolled in, and I appreciate that final push to bring me over $6000 from you!

Ashlee has been my rock through this process, supporting me when needed, and kicking me in the ass when necessary. She ran by me for 26.2 and walked when i walked and ran when I ran.

This charity means a ton to me and I feel personally vested in your mission. I hope that we cross paths in Kenya in the near future!

That picture you sent from your hospital means the world to us, and every time I open the fridge (which is often! Haha), it reminds me of 11/3.

Throughout school, the Jesuit mission was always to ‘go out and set the world on fire.’ You do that everyday and fuel us to be better not only runners, but human beings!

All love,
Tom Conway Team 2019″

Dear Shoe4Africa, Firstly thank you for allowing me to be a part of team Shoe4Africa and raising money for such a worthy cause. The marathon was such an amazing experience and I loved every minute of it. I even beat my previous time by 11 minutes, completing in 5 hours 42 minutes. The spectators were so supportive and generous (although I got many “come on South Africa” instead of shoe4africa). I think I enjoyed it more than London. I hope to come back again soon and do it all over again.

Alireza D. 2019

“I thought I’d drop you a quick line to let you know how my marathon went.

In a word, brilliantly! I couldn’t have enjoyed the day and the race any more, it was beyond my expectations. The organisation, the crowds, the support, the atmosphere, even the weather, was simply fantastic. I think I spent the first 20k’s with a big grin on my face, hardly believing I was actually running the New York Marathon! I never hit the wall, just a general fatigue with about 10k to go. My watch ran out of battery at just under four hours, and as my goal was to finish in under 4:30, I just kept running and made it in at 4:28, so I was super pleased with that. I had a few last minute sponsors too, so my total was well over $3,000 which I’m thrilled about as I know it’ll be spent well. Thanks again for allowing me to participate for Shoe4Africa and have THE BEST running experience of my life. Very warmest wishes to you and the rest of the team and I hope everyone else did well and enjoyed their day too. Jane D. (Aus). Team ’18

‘Thank you for allowing me the experience to run for Shoe4Africa in New York! The whole event was incredible and one that I will never forget, for an incredible charity.  Thank you!

Lara R. March 2019 NYC Half ‘

“Hi Toby, I wanted to reach out to you just to thank you for letting my brother and I in on an absolutely amazing experience. I learned so much through all of your communications and watching the mini documentary you did [found on YouTube]. As I’m reflecting back on the weekend, I keep thinking about all of the people cheering in support for all of the runners. It reminded me of a video my father took of the children who were there to greet him on his visit to Acra. Over the past few days, I have really been trying to put into words what just happened. So far, I haven’t been able to come up with the right words to express how I feel! Just so happy to have helped those in need, and to have accomplished a goal on my long list.

Many many thanks to you and the Shoe4Africa team. Please let us know if you need anything at all, or how we can continue to partner with you in the future, to help those in need.

Thanks again, Joshua W. (Team 2018)

Shoe4Africa Kids at the hospital make Thank you Cards for our runners!


“Why Did I select Shoe4Africa?  I looked at every charity in the race.  I wanted a team where my donation would make a difference, the money would be spent helping save the life of a child.  I wanted a team where my donation wasn’t lost in charity expenses, but 100% of what I raised would go to save that child.  I check out this team’s financials.  I wasn’t disappointed (I will run again!).  Selena L.

TOBY!!!! I used the script that you provided in addition to the picture of the child from Kenya and received several more donations in addition to one for $1000!!! I’m almost at my $3000 goal!!! Thank you so much. I can’t wait to meet you next week at the race. God bless.  Jesse White.

“It is a selfish thing a marathon, but I felt running for Shoe4Africa was a way to change the world and fulfill a life time dream.  I did it!!  And then I went to Kenya for a trip of a lifetime to see the work I had read about that we are doing.  Thank you Shoe4Africa, my life has changed from this experience.”  L. Jackson.

“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 Wind


“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 1:59:40!!  Eliud Kipchoge.

“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


“Many thanks for the opportunity you gave us to run with the shoe4africa team. I had a (very) slow but ultimately happy marathon.” F. Shiantarelli

“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 Mary Keitany?  She’s won the NYC marathon FOUR times and London three times too… and holds the women’s world marathon record of 2:17:01


“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.

“Thank for you for the opportunity to run the NYC Marathon! Despite it not quite being my day, I loved the race and really enjoyed the experience. Great cause and happy to support all your efforts!” S. Ryeom.

“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.

NYC marathon champion and course record holder (2:05) Geoffrey Mutai, Caroline Kilel, Boston Marathon winner, at our Pre-race Shoe4Africa pasta party with team runner Melissa Evanson.


We have a team of experts to join you – this is a charity run by marathon runners! –Meet our coaches who have around 20 NYC marathon finishes between them and served years on the NYC marathon’s board of directors : [Link] We 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 us, and mentorship.  Read our own coach Toby’s The Essential Guide to Running The New York City Marathon.

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NYC Marathon.  The NY Times article

NYC Marathon. Wikipedia article

5 Inspiring NYC marathoners. ABC article

NYC marathon by Numbers.  Forbes article

Guaranteed Entries.  TCS NYC marathon.

Time Magazine.  New York Marathon runners lowing down article

TCS New York City Marathon help website


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*As mandated by the IRS, Shoe4Africa is required to report any “perks” valued at $600 or more paid by S4A on a runner’s behalf. To comply with this mandate, runners must complete a W-9 form in order to confirm the flight benefit. Please note: A 1099 tax form will be issued based on flight reservations made and confirmed through our team.  Must raise over $3,000 USD

NYC MARATHON–NB:  All runners get free race day marathon transportation courtesy of the NYRR.

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