Shoe4Africa - based on the principles of charity. Each day there are choices. It amazes me, and it never ceases to amaze me how people continue to dilute the purpose of what business must be to make it "not for profit" and mission based. And where the fine line falls between stepping on the toes, and pushing a margin. Anyway, you do your best and I must say there are many things that inspire me, and others that don't... but that is the gem of a life. today I am inspired by a driver in Kenya who was begging for a few pennies when he was jobless.
He came across a group of dope smokers, he begged for a joint, one asked him, "have you ever tried giving?" Our man frowned. "Me? Give? I am penniless!" So the dope smoker said, "You are a taker then..."
Pretty hard words... he changed his life thereafter. And the rest is another story, a happier one.
In the meantime here is a quote; "The greater challenge in any life isn't merely extracting the highest price for your soul; nor safeguarding your soul while opportunities pass you by — but earning, with the coin of mattering, a life that has counted in the terms that make us not merely "rich", but whole, worthy of the privilege of having lived." U. Haque.
If anyone knows how to read catscans/mri's let me know - I have my reports and it is mumbojumbo. There are things I recognize, like this time the brain had no midline shift. Last time (1999) I had a big midline shift. I should be soon awarded a degree in understanding brain trauma.
PS - two good things with not running is more time to do this stuff and less laundry. Still on Seattle time meant I was up till 2:45 AM NYC time, sadly I had to get up NYC 7 AM! Never mind I am soon off to Kenya, for African time, 3 hrs back from Seattle, to 8 hrs forward to Africa!
Also what to unpack and what to pack, plus make sure all the jobs are done from what I missed, and all that need to be done for moving forward. I guess this is 'back' to normal. PS: Gotta shop - no food! PPS Next problem is my current prescriptions run out when I am in Africa and I can't get a new one until this one runs out, meaning about twenty calls (unsuccessful) trying to work this one out with CVS. They will release 5-days before it expires, when I am in Africa, hence even trying to get a friend to go to CVS, to to FEDEX, send to me in the sticks of Kenya means I have a 1 in 5 chance of making it work! Now wondering should I non-medicate myself?
NB: The Shoe4Africa Samsung T-Mobile 5k is soon to run out! See above for the registration link, but I am pretty sure that there will be no race day registration available, only for the Kids race. More news on the kids tomorrow as I am having a meeting with the sponsor tomorrow. One week to go!
I missed the NYC Marathon (quite a first) so I am now catching up on the team photos. One of the great things about FB.
Quite simply those three names encapsulate everything marathon from 1972 to the 1980's... in rhe days when Jim Fixx was a household name.
It is the coaching side of me that keeps a positive forward drive but I have realized of late that I have to be a bit honest with how I am feeling as if I do not then there is confusion.
This morning I made the hard decision to cancel the Iten Kenya S4A race on Dec 24th. This was the last thing I wanted to do and if you saw me in the garden (not that I have one) standing talking to a neighbor you might think I am almost new, but of late I have found myself being tired out by the simplest of things, the easiest of jobs, and concerned with new 'head' pains. My fingers feel swollen, I know the signs, and the head pains ar hard to read. I am really hoping to get to Iten as I know I can recover there, but wishing I had a magic carpet to arrive. To hold the race is always stress, hard work and physical stuff from 6 am to 11:30 am - not much, but all the stuff that goes into it as well, plus the little problems that occur, make me know this is the right thing to do for this year.
I am sorry to inform you that on November 9, in a hospital room, together in love, as I lay by his side, tightly holding both of his hands in mine, my husband Enzo passed away.
Enzo loved it when I made bears for the children. Every time I would finish one, he would carefully look at it, smile and then say "this one is really beautiful".
This evening Shoe4Africa bear # 400 was born. My husband is not here to look at it. I trust that he would have liked it.
I'm happy to see all the progress for the Shoe4Africa hospital and I can't wait for our bears to start getting into the hands of the children.
A big hug full of love for you and everyone who is making the Shoe4Africa hospital a reality, Loredana.
Retro picture by Mike Kobal. Paula Radcliffe in action. She has not been replaced. Good to hear that she's running stronger and stronger again.
Meanwhile Kanga, over in Oz land, sends me a link to watch about Kenya - [TV] it is not about running (good thing) Blurb "How political corruption is turning the country's spiralling youth unemployment into a threat to society."
Up in Ethiopia there was the amazing Great Ethiopian Run, a 10k where the fast and fabulous run - Mo Farah was once 10th (ish) in that race. And that is probably the highest a foreigner has ever reached. IAAF - Atsedu Tsegay and Netsanet Gudeta became the new champions at the Great Ethiopian Run 10km in Addis Ababa on Sunday.
Thanks Melina for helping Shoe4Africa for the long haul - we are a small team, but we are a great team.
Another thing is I have to plan the next stage of fundraising for S4A... now the marathon is over there is a new stage. Things have to be done, rethought, re planned. Of course future bills need to be paid... this reminds me of a conversation I was having the weekend before I was put on the pause...
Meanwhile I am just thinking, as I am in Seattle, I should (once again) think of a tactic to meet Bill Gates - we have projects within 400-meters of each other, but of course it is hard to meet... I will have to keep an eye out at Whole Foods - they say everyone ends up at Whole Foods...
Running wise I think we are at 350 entrants of 500 - so all is going on plan. I should continue to reach out and it is good to know that the last 2 weeks are the highest selling weeks - so please don't get locked out - many people did last year!@!@
December is also the time I will be meeting up with students and the need for school fees; lots planned andI should start thinking about the preps now before it is on me. It is the 9th year for the S4A women's Iten race adn the third for the NYC one. Thank you so much for those supporting the NYC event which, unlike the Kenyan one, has an entry fee. Am glad to tell you that all profits are going to Africa!
Not having a Sunday to Sunday plan I often in Kenya find myself forgetting what day each day is... and right now is that period.
Trying to do the kind of work that can be done on the Internet - the focus is can we have a fab event on Dec 8th? Hoping so; Riverside Park, come and run with us! Win yourself a Galaxy phone ( I hear the kids race will also have a prize(s) like this...
Meanwhile we are trying to stay focues on the 'big' project and a big thank you to those of you who have cvontinued to support Shoe4Africa. The goal is still very much alive, the plan is on the go... the hospital still needs a bit of fund raising but we are doing it.
One day this man walked into my life, he continues to continually step up for Shoe4Africa - hats off to my friend Carter Nevill. Cool pic!
In fact what was on my mind was a huge bump. I want to get a copy of the new cat scan that shows both sides of my skull - the metal plates from Zanzibar fully healed, and the left side the metal plates from October.
Here's a picture from the Marathon Expo - of course I missed it all but I got a ton of email from people telling me that the booth was great and I really like the aamazing Shoe4Africa look - honored that Pepsico stood behind this!
We have people registering for the Shoe4Africa 5km in NYC on Dec 8th and this is going to be the big main event for us to top off this year -- really a celebration of where we are going. Want to thank T-Mobile!
I want to share this great email from Sydney Thatcher who was kind enough to run for Shoe4Africa this year and raise a big chunk of money for us -- she is a wonderful person and becomes the Hero of the Week:
"Toby, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your vision and dreams! I'm committed to you and your charity's cause and just signed up for the lottery for the 2014 NYC half but will raise money $1000 for (S4A) and I will be coming back out to NYC for the S4A 5k for a quick weekend trip! For the past 13 years marathon weekend has been a special place for me. It was two months after 9/11 and I ran just two rows back from the starting line. I finished in 3:49minutes and was excited to just complete it after going out too fast! This year I got really sick 2 weeks prior to New York and my expectations of breaking 4 hours again quickly waned so I decided to have fun and take pics along the way and wave the flag for the all those kids to see! I love either running or spectating during the race for it embodies everything that I love, pushing the limits beyond what you think possible! I love supporting now a charity that gives direct to those who need it! One of my biggest life regrets is not having any children of my own and I think this charity takes on personal meaning so I can share my love & my heart for children who need me! So thank you! I'm not feeling sorry for myself but hope for others and that is truly a better place to focus on what I can give! And stop questioning what I don't have. I have so much!"
"The people in your S4A charity that I met this past weekend are so sincere, genuine- like minded and fun! I'm honored to be part of the Shoe4Africa family! I feel a trip to Kenya is imminent after meeting Sally & Betsy who were both such beautiful souls both inside and out! They thanked ME for the work for what I was doing and I explained I have just begun and there is so much more I want to do! I want to leave a legacy and change this horrible situation for the children who need us. For the families who have very little. I have been humbled by the stories of Julius Arile finishing 4th place, amazing! And for all the future lives we are going to effect with basic help in healthcare! I am moved in so many profound ways I almost feel embarrassed for not knowing these circumstances before! You are an inspiration in opening my eyes! Thank you for that gift of love, compassion and heart you embody so selflessly.
"So here is my 2012/2013 NYC experience I wanted you to see in pictures and a little bit of my narration too! The journey began in Staten Island marathon Sunday 2012 cleaning up bags of debris from the fox-beach neighborhood that had been hit by hurricane Sandy! We ran 14miles with supplies on our backs! We had gathered shampoo, toothpaste and soap from our hotels. There was an wide range of people in our recovery group 3 men from Japan, a woman from France, one man from India and five gals (along with myself from Ca). The disappointment from not running the race quickly dissipated when we met the kind and gentle folks of Staten who had lost everything and saw that we runners cared to come help them! It was my favorite day of my vacation because it got to my core that I have it really easy and the impact of what is most important, people not things!"
"2013 I knew getting into the 2013 lottery for the marathon would be next to impossible and now finding a charity I believed in was the next step! Signing up for the Shoe4Africa charity was really two parts, I liked the name "catchy and simple" and I also had recalled seeing Anthony Edwards and Natalie Portman on the Today show five years ago talking about Shoes4Africa. I could see passion from both of them and that really stood out in my mind! I shared that with Anthony at his house on Saturday and said... "Well done for the celebrity face, it is GREAT exposure and thank you for getting the word out! I remembered 5 years later!"
"Meeting the team was great! I loved meeting up with everyone and placing names to the runners whose webpages I had browsed! The stroll in the park did not feel long enough even though the marathon was the next day and it was just a shake out jog I wanted to visit with each person and hear their fascinating stories! I found so many interesting connections, Jamie from PepsiCo is friends with Dan Vucavitch, Executive V.P. of Operations at The Hershey Company. I loved running with ten year old Alegra (Jean Pierre darling daughter) and meeting the Germans, the Norwegians and many New Yorkers! So fun!!!! Next year I'm bringing name tags as most people know each other but I found myself overwhelmed with keeping faces and names! I'm also going to recruit more runners from my network so we can raise more funds! I know why your email says, "always fundraising" as it is what makes things happen!
Going to the Expo with Bay and Carol was wonderful! As we went into the Expo Mary Wittenberg was leaving! Bay yells out, "hey Mary" and she spotted us wearing our Shoe4Africa shirts and immediately stopped and asked, "how's Toby?" And we said "resting!" So we decided to take quick picture with her! I told her that we would send it your way! I told her about our group that had helped last year in Staten Island recovery and we were excited to race! A much different experience! Our PepsiCo booth was great and perfectly located!"
"Dinner at Anthony's home
What a lovely and warm evening amongst my new team! I brought 2 bottles of California red wine to Anthony to thank him for hosting us! I truly appreciated him hosting us and come to learn he was born in Santa Barbara so he knew exactly where San Luis Obispo is 90 miles north of SB! I said that is great you know exactly the town I live! Rarely anyone can pronounce it let alone say it! His daughters were sweet and the food delicious! Since I was alone I got to talk with many and follow up on many conversations. Meeting Sally & Betsy was really cool as well. We spoke mostly about you Toby and your big heart and how we have to be strong enough together to see this dream through, I told them I practically cried when you sent the email about the kids in Kenya being excited to see our Shoe4Africa jerseys too! I told them I would be running and waving the Kenyan flag during my race and taking the picture in the first mile on the Verrazano bridge! They both asked for pics of that and Sally and I discussed her school and much about her family in Kenya! I'm very excited to go see them someday!!! I told her how proud I am of not only of her running but also her being such a positive role model for young girls who know dreams can come true. She and I spoke about Eugene and her upcoming race season!"
"Race Day, chilly with a breeze but glowing with Shoe4 Africa pride! Bundled up and enjoying the bus ride to Staten Island! It was really amazing to be in the place that I had only one year ago helped recover. It was so fun as I carried into the entrance corral Shoe4Africa and legs for Toby sign! Anthony and a few others spotted us! Going across the orange corral I got to meet up with Jean Pierre, Fernando and his brother Marco, and Kim! On the starting line I met James from Niger who asked, how's Toby? Mile one I got those great pics of the Verrazano bridge with the helicopter hovering and I was thinking next marathon a Shoe4Africa flag hanging off the side of the side of bridge would be cool! At mile 13 I met up with the Espn camera crew who were filming a woman who had lost her home last year in hurricane Sandy in the neighborhood that I help clean up one block from Fox beach! I told Jennifer to keep going! We grabbed hands and talked briefly! She said go Kenya! I loved hearing people shout the entire race Go Shoe4Africa! At mile 21,a gal from the New York flyers ran by me and she said "go Shoe4Africa let's do this for Toby, for Toby," So even though we did not get to meet up with you...YOU were there, everywhere I went people sent positive good energy! I know what is around the corner has to be great! We know we have many more funds to raise and finish lines to cross and just like training we will work hard and finish strong!"
"Thank you for allowing me to share this experience in a new way! Now the New York marathon holds a higher purpose beyond myself and running 26.2 miles for Shoe4Africa is a joy! I carried the Kenyan flag with pride and humility and hope all the kids in Kenya could see it waving! I am so blessed to now have a new added purpose in helping you and my Shoe4Africa family! I'm truly changed because of this experience and what dreams you have for the people in Eldorot! I am humbled and proud to continue the work you started! Toby we are going to see it through! I look forward in standing in our hospital very, very soon and I know that good things are coming. If you need a warm and quiet place to visit Ca and SLO is the place to escape and I would gladly host you anytime! I have two extra rooms in my home and it's half way from L.A. to S.F." -- Thanks Sydney!!
The EEG test involves wiring your head up to plugs and sockets and complete with red pen markings I looked like Frankenstein. I really should take notes. The walk from four blocks again felt like a march to the Gobi Desert that I could not think about the fact I used to be able to run miles in a day...
Speaking of which my friend Sally Kipyego called, she was so nice, going to the Shoe4Africa pasta party and meeting the runners - what a nice person. She is coming back from injury and placed 3rd in the Dash 5k. Her husband Kevin is running the Cal Int. Marathon in December and we wish him the best of luck.
Team Shoe4Africa Pepsico 2013
Meanwhile on a brighter note - 4th place in NYC was a runner called Julius Arile, a Pokot who traded in a gun for a pair of running shoes at the Tegla Race. MY friend has been documenting this story since 2006 and now wait for it soon to come to a film festival near you.. all because one film-maker believed in an incredible dream. Here is Julius after he crossed the line:
PS - Anjali Nayar is the lady who has made Julius's dream come true.
Axel Wiedenmann from Norway, one of three guys who live in Norway that run for us - Tommy Fossum and Kjell-Ove Breivik - all great fund raisers!!
It is bizarre catching up on what I missed, so many great things happening, the S4Africa team having a great day, runners running so well... all going forward!
From James -- "I wrap up my road races this year in New York in 3hrs 13mins 41secs. Indeed it has been a colourful running year for me and couldn't have asked for more. Coming in the backdrop of a personal best in Chicago marathon 3 weeks ago, New York marathon was always going to be a big gamble and I am over the moon to have finished in a decent time without an injury. But boy, my body is hurting!
"The course has its fair share of inclines especially over six landmark bridges with a good number of turns and twists hence not a fast one. But I bet it's the very cold weather (between 1 & 2 degrees Celsius) and the heavy winds ( 20 miles an hour headwinds) is what did the damage even for the champs. But Kenya still rules the world of marathons and I had my moments in the sun running with the greats in the game.
"Regardless, a sublime city to run passing by iconic landmarks with lovely crowds and music all the way except over the bridges where there is suddenly deafening silence and you can't help but feel the rhythm of thousands vibrating feet. My runners high was crossing Queensboro bridge, one of the quietest spots, into Manhattan where a fanatical vocal crowd was waiting with Bob Marley's "One Love" playing in the background. What a feeling, I got goose pimples from the wild cheers and it's right there that I knew I was going to finish the race one way or another. For me, I bet there is no better and unique way of exploring New York City but by running through its five boroughs; Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Manhattan.
"Apart from being honoured to carry the Kenyan flag during the marathon weekend opening ceremony parade, one of my highlights of the race was meeting with Sydney; an Australian running for Tobby's recovery and Shoe4Africa. I was able to pick her out from the crowd just before the gun, coz she was wrapped in a Kenyan flag and carrying placards with Tobby's name. We ran the first mile together and she was such an inspiration! We love you Tobby and pray that soon you will be back on your feet doing great stuff.
"Three items off my marathon bucket list this year; Paris (the city of light), Chicago (the windy city) & New York (the city that never sleeps). Once again, I salute Urban Swaras running club for making me a marathon junkie! Special thanks to Nduku for the overwhelming support and advice through the year, you are one of a kind Tata! What does next year hold for me, you ask? I delight in not knowing. That's one of the beauty of running, it's full of surprises! What I know is that every additional mile I do just makes me to dream bigger. Below is a link that captures my journey from Paris to New York."
"Run till you drop! James Waliaula"
Great friends Jean-Pierre & Natasha of mine - I miss you!!
So sorry to be missing the marathon this year - best of luck to everyone! Lots of good photos coming in from the NYC marathon EXPO shoe4africa booth!
However I was in for a shock as my body closed down. The head was like a roller coaster - spinning and could not keep still, my legs lost feeling - I could only feel my toes, my chest was very tight and it was hard to breath - it was getting shorter and shorter, my arms felt as if they were heavily swollen and I could not pick up my hands - I wanted to rip off my watch strap even though it was loose. I was very cold, very hot in flashes and I could not get up. It was terrible. Back to hospital. A happier memory was in the year 2000 when I recovered from brain surgery and was able' later that year to run the NYC marathon for Fred's Team.
Here's wishing that every runner has a great and safe marathon; I will be with you in spirit.
The more that I go through life then more it makes me think and wonder because there is always a thread to the craziness that goes on. There is always a reason for a happening.
Mercy crosses the line capture by Gavin Gee who works for Microsoft!
German Silva is coming, on crutches. Poor thing broke his ankle at one of those crazy events... my friend Anders Szalkai, a running legend of Sweden and for a long time the best runner there is coming... Claudio is coming bringing two high class athletes - Stanley Biwott & Priscah Jeptoo... the city is starting to buzz.
Also we have all the press conferences, a new hall of fame for the marathon, and also a legend, Willie Mtolo, coming to NYC to promote what looks like a classic race in the making - The Nelson Mandela Marathon that will be coming to South Africa... So much more.
I had breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien with Kev who will be running, and he's definitely going to run a PR... Hoping all the S4Africa athletes, and we have 60 odd of them, have a great race.
Meanwhile this is the longest my beard (stubble) has ever been in my life. My head looks very normal from one side... but if you look inside then this side is also messed up! I am trying to get a copy of my catscan as the head looks like a building yard - plates and repairs everywhere.
Meanwhile watch out for an amazing Frankfurt marathon this weekend... Fast times are coming with the snappy guy who won Dubai and never has a bad race. Forgot his name but he was #2 in the worlds, #1 in Boston just after Dubai - he is a machine! Also a good name to watch out for is Gelete Burka making her debit - expect a sub 2:22 from her to start with!
I was on the phone for three hours trying to resolve a payment, three hours! That is what happens when you don’t use any banking for three weeks and disappear. Apparently I failed to respond to certain messages that put a big lock onto my bank account that took numerous bankers to remove!
Anyway back to my world... Got to remember that not every day will be an improvement. I honestly thought I would be ahead by now, moving fast. Today I had to have another rest day as my legs muscles ached from a small walk. So frustrating to move at the speed of a snail.
In the running world we hear Ryan Hall has dropped out of NYC. To be honest when I heard he was moving around Kenya, visiting, I did wonder.
Thank you so very much to Axel and Kjell, two Big fund raisers for Shoe4Africa who again stepped up big with a 1500US Waffle sale. I think they have over $10,000 for S4A!
Tomorrow I am allowed to wash my head; this has been such a journey, it almost feels like it was not me any more.
Meanwhile working on the PEPSI sponsorship for the marathon team - we will also have a team breakfast at the fashionable Rogue Tomat on 60th just off 5th - went there with my good friend Shmuel who ordered me two meals as he looked at me and warned me about portion size!
Come and say Hi to our booth @ the ING NYC Marathon!
Having gone through Brain Surgery before I knew exactly what my game plan was and how I was going to navigate best. However knowing that "you" were there for me made all the difference! Tomorrow I return to the hospital for a check up...
A brand new day - a new dawn. Good to be alive. Glad I am typing this and you can't see my hand writing; I can not write very well at the moment. Like a 5yr old child! Exercise - on Friday I managed a whole mile. On Saturday I was so fatigued I had to have a rest day. Had my first social since hospital... and who did I pick on to go and see? None other than my good friend Mike Kobal! Thanks Mike for your warmth!
Timo in the Shoe4Africa Shirt!
On Dec 29th, 1999 I was attacked and my skull was smashed; visibly dented on the right hand side. It was to be an awful time of believing I would die as I fought day after day to get healthcare. Each day I got worse and worse till I could not dress, till I could not articulate, could not see left from right and stumbled like a madman. People did not believe me when I told them how sick I was...
It was amazing trauma, right next to the brain. AS I did survive and get a set of titanium plates I thought that was my brush with the brain.... 11 days in Africa, to survive, nearly collapsing fainting and falling to finally get to Charring Cross, and survive on the fumes of death. I could write a book about that trip...
So in many ways I felt blessed to be so close to home, with some amazing medics & friends, yet again it was "touch and go". If I had not been taken at once into Harlem Hospital I would have died, yet in Zanzibar I managed to fight time. I now have plates over my left side of my head too! Who would have guessed it? The Neurosurgeon gave me two hours, in Zanzibar I had 11 days - "The largest amount of blood I had ever seen." (PA Neurosurgeon in Harlem), "You had great timing, in two hours you would have been dead." Head Surgeon (Harlem).
"The biggest blood trauma I have ever seen in Charring Cross and right now to the brain. You should have been dead within a couple of days." Head Surgeon Charring Cross London.
I am so grateful for my friends support - Chelimo, George H, Tony E, John L (thanks ALL of you; you were my rocks) who were frequent visitors. I actually had no official visitors supposed to be there and during my compus mentus state had actually blocked all visitors and told the staff I did not live in NYC and gave only Chelimo's name - but glad they snuck through along with Shay of course (thanks), Diahan - dear, Mary in the middle of C-town, Staten + so much, (thanks), and Charles, thanks too.
As odd as it sounds I feel VERY happy and truly relieved. So thankful; god is good. And compared to Zanzibar I feel really lucky.
Wilson's world record was no surprise; in Iten we knew it was a matter of time.
I really could not bother to even argue so I thought let me just send Priten a message so he can come out say hi and I'll go home for an early night. Then I could not find him phone number, so then I had to go through the arduous task of connecting my phone to the Internet (have not set it up yet), it was taking so long the bouncer came across and changed his mind - I got in... That is the very last time I am going to Brooklyn.
Though oddly enough earlier that day I had been in Brooklyn, then in Queens, coming back from New Jersey where I was with the F.I.T. team (yup I think we won our DIV again) at a XC race in a field in the middle of nowhere... coming back to 27th West st we got quite lost and made a four boro tour. Perhaps the last time I am going to NJ too! Going to Kenya is so much more easy.
This is the model of what is being constructed. The speed in which things are going it will be open in 2015 - amazing to think about.
"Tattooed Terry, aka Terence Baker, now in London but still of the New York Flyers, and also now the Serpentine Running Club, is putting on a marathon -- well, more of a marathon-distance destination run -- next April 6 in Arcevia, Marche, a stunning part of Italy. The run will visit nine walled villages that collectively are known as the Nine Castles, or Nove Castelli.
"History, wine, beautiful scenery, a warm welcome at small, wonderful agroturismi hotels -- come join us at the inaugural event of what will become a classic. The mayor of Arcevia, the regional tourism office of Marche and Wizard Sports Events are all behind the event, and Terry -- with 21 marathons and a double crossing of the Grand Canyon under his belt -- is race director.
Nine Castles Marathon (La Maratona dei Nove Castelli)
April 6, 2014 (w/ 10K on April 5)
www.wizardsportsevents.com/marathon.html https://www.facebook.com/NewItalianMarathon email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
I've been a in a series of meetings of late where the Heads of Philanthropy act like Turkish market traders. Nothing against them but I wish they would move into the for profit world. Anyway we went to Cafe de Soleil ( I used to have a nice JP Gaultier T shirt called that) for lunch. Nice coffee if you happen to be up on 104th ST & Broadway... we sat out in the street as the weather in NYC right now is beyond fantastic.
Sydney Thatcher from Herseys... one of our great funders - thank you to our Marathon team. Thank you to PEPSICO for sponsoring our marathon team -- you will find Booth Pepsico/Shoe4Africa at the Marathon expo a month from today.
Frightening huh? A month and it will be gone in a jiffy as there are a thousand things to happen from now till the day... not least the planning of the 5k and we now have a KIDS mile to boot! Going off at 9 AM, so bring the nippers.
Meanwhile a bizarre Italian brings a new tool to the table - link
THE STORY ABOUT TRAIN HARD, WIN EASY. THE BOOK OF KENYAN RUNNING.
Wiki on the Shoe4Africa 5km link [here]