On Sunday, November 3, 2013 over 25,000 runners will line up for the NYC Marathon. Among the thousands will be many local runners. About 100 of them will be going up the Jersey Shore Running Club buses that will take runners to the start in Staten Island and pick them up at the finish in Central Park. The buses are very popular for participants. There are still a few seats left on the buses and information can be found here. A bus load of volunteers who will be working at the finish line will also be going up for the day.
Among the people on the bus many are running for a reason. One is Nicole Klemas of Jackson, N.J.
Nicole will be using the race as an opportunity to raise funds for Special Strides Therapeutic Riding Center, a farm in Monroe Township that serves as a non-profit therapeutic facility for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.
According to Nicole, “at Special Strides a horse becomes a therapeutic companion for a person with special needs, providing a unique platform for care from a team of specialists. Therapy provided on horseback can improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, and self-confidence in very powerful ways. I have worked as a volunteer horse handler at Special Strides for the past 3 years, and every week I get to see the benefits of this form of therapy first-hand.”
How to help
How to help
For the students at Special Strides and their families, every day can be a struggle. Having a child with special needs often places a financial burden on a family. Too often, therapy is not covered by insurance. Therefore, it is the goal of Special Strides to help provide all students the opportunity to experience the magic of therapeutic riding, regardless of financial status. Donations directly benefit the Steven Werthan Memorial Fund, which provides financial assistance to students who would not otherwise be able to attend the program to receive therapy.
More information, additional photos, a video about Special Strides, and simple online donation instructions can be found on Nicole’s fundraising page: http://www.razoo.com/story/Running-Ny-For-Special-Strides?referral_code=share
Wednesday, September 11, 6 P.M. 9-11 Memorial Run, Belmar, N.J. Preview of Event
Saturday, September 14, 5k, 9 a.m. 14th Annual Run for the Arts, Ocean Grove, N.J. Preview Article
Sunday, September 15, 10 a.m. 5k, – Jersey Shore University Medical Center 5k (part of the Meridian Health Heart and Sole Cup), Neptune, N.J. Race Preview
Saturday, September 21,5k, 8:30 a.m. Keyport Fest 5K, Keyport, N.J. Register On Line
Saturday, September 21, Race for Respect, Seaside Park, N.J. Mail in Application – Register On Line
Saturday, September 21, 5 Miles at 9:30 a.m., 1 Mile Walk at 1 Mile Run for Under 12 at 9:15 a.m. , Howell Twp 5 Miler, Howell, N.J. Register On Line
Sunday, September 22, 1 mile at 8:30 a.m. 5k at 9 :00 a.m. 5k, Tanner’s Run, Seaside Park, N.J. On Line Registration
Tuesday, September 24, 6 p.m. Beginner’s Running, Belmar, N.J.
Sunday, September 29, 5k, 8:30 am, Allaire 5k, Allaire State Park, Wall, N.J.
Additional events can be found on The Race Calendar.