As many of you know, securing a spot in the ING New York City Marathon is no easy feat. It’s one of the world’s largest and widely watched races, drawing in more than 100,000s applicants annually. Of these, less than half are accepted. Last year, for example, some 47,600 people ran the 26.219-mile trek. If you’re looking to secure a space, here’s a great way to do so.
Run for an exceptional organization called REACH Grenada, a NYC Marathon Bronze Level charity. REACH, an acronym for Resiliency, Empathy, healthy Attachments, key Competencies, and overall Health and wellbeing, seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of Grenada’s most vulnerable youths. Since 2008, they’ve focused programming to benefit formerly maltreated children now living in residential care facilities. REACH’s holistic approach provides internal and external resources for these underserved children. Yoga is at the core of their programming, which includes, but is not limited to, mentoring, yoga training, art therapy, conscious discipline training (for caregivers), and psychotherapy. Likewise, they train participants in order to establish fully sustainable programs that, in time, do not require external volunteers.
REACH Grenada was founded by two highly inspirational people: Karen Lawson, Ph.D., and Neo Moreton, LL.B. Please read more about Karen and Neo’s amazing work in the field of social work and much more (including neurolinguistics, neuro-rehabilitation, yoga, meditation, and publishing) here.
I learned of these marathon slots over a Brooklyn cup of coffee with awesome program director Lindsay Haffner Eagleton--we were discussing REACH Grenada’s future plans to expand globally. The slots are going quickly (9 of 25 remain), so please jump on it if interested! Runners are required to raise $3,525 for the organization. This year, REACH aims to fundraise $150,000, which is $30,000 more than 2011. Click here for more info.
Of course, you can find out much more about REACH’s reach at http://www.reachgrenada.org/
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Yoga brings stability and calm into every discipline of Sophie Herbert's life. She is an alignment focused yoga teacher (and perpetual student) and a Whole Living contributing editor. She graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art, where she nurtured her passion for documentary photography. It was during this time that she began her disciplined and diverse study of yoga in New York, Paris, and India.
Sophie has lived, studied, and volunteered extensively in India. She feels grateful to still visit and work regularly with the Deenabandhu Children's Home in Chamarajanagar, Karnataka. In November of 2010, she became an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back www.yogagivesback.org, a grass-roots nonprofit that helps destitute women and girls in India build more sustainable lives. Sophie has also shared her knowledge of yoga at the Prana Yoga Center in Astana, Kazakhstan. Currently, she teaches at the Park Slope Yoga Center www.parkslopeyoga.com in Brooklyn and privately. Sophie is also an avid cook.