After a year hiatus due to the pandemic, the TCS New York City Marathon is back and will take place on November 7, 2021! #TeamBronxWorks is excited to represent the agency as a charity partner! This year, BronxWorks is fielding a team of five charity runners who are each raising money to support BronxWorks Children & Youth services. In these uncertain times, support for our programs that help our children and students adapt to the shifting landscape of school and learning through the COVID-19 pandemic is more important than ever. Support Team BronxWorks here. Meet our amazing runners below:
Dr. Anna Goodheart is a Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She started running during medical school. Anna was connected to BronxWorks through a good friend from college who works at the organization. “I decided to look into the organization and I was impressed by the services that they provide and their passionate support of their community,” Anna says. “It’s a worthy organization to run for.”
I started running during medical school as a form of stress relief and as a way to practice what I preach to my patients: exercise is important!”
Emily Hespeler is a Nutrition Educator for the BronxWorks SNAP-Ed Program. She started running in high school when she joined the track team to stay in shape between soccer seasons. She fell in love with running during college by running on trails around her house before class. Emily is running in the NYC Marathon this year to show herself how powerful she is. She decided to run for BronxWorks to support youth programs that provide valuable learning and work experience to students in the Bronx.
This past year I spent a little over two months in the hospital after sustaining 3rd degree burns on 30 % of my body from a cooking accident. My experiences this past year combined with the strength that I have gained from training make me excited to run the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon.”
Jessie Moriarty teaches 4th Grade at Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School. She started running in 3rd Grade at Tuesday night races during the summer at a local park near her house. She then started to train in order to get faster at these Tuesday night races. Jessie is running for BronxWorks because she believes in the organization’s work and mission. “I know that BronxWorks empowers Bronx residents with their services and I want to be a part of raising funds and awareness so they can continue.”
Working through the COVID-19 pandemic in the Bronx last year made me realize a lot of things, one of them being that I was strong. I decided to run the marathon this year because I wanted to prove to myself that I can do it, and I want to be a part of building a stronger Bronx community.”
Andrew Lin is the Development Associate for the BronxWorks Development Department. He was a former star middle school sprinter but runs mainly for fitness these days. Andrew is running the marathon because he has always wanted to run one to see if he can do it. He decided to run this year to support the incredible work and services that BronxWorks has provided throughout the COVID-19 crisis and recovery.
I’m running for BronxWorks to support an organization that I think is trying to do good in a very difficult world. At the end of the day, all of the programs at BronxWorks are trying to create positive change, are trying to have an impact.”
Kate Machan is the Legal Counsel & Associate Director of Special Projects at Zeta Charter Schools in the Bronx. She is one of the founding members and Chair of the BronxWorks Leadership Council. Kate’s passion for running began in high school and she continues that passion today. She is running the marathon this year for the challenge, the excitement of being part of such an incredible event, and the opportunity to represent and give back to BronxWorks.
I’m running for BronxWorks in order to further its mission of improving the lives of Bronx residents. Having been part of the organization’s Leadership Council for about three years, I have had the opportunity to work with kind, bright, dedicated BronxWorks team members who have inspired me to do more for the organization.”