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Covenant House Home Team Makes Strides for Homeless Youth in NYC Half Marathon

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

On March 17th, 49 runners from the Covenant House Home Team will compete in the NYC Half Marathon to raise money and awareness for homeless youth.  Among the runners are three Covenant House residents and one former resident, all inspired to complete the race to show others just how much they can accomplish despite their personal struggles.

“Running in the marathon not only teaches me about personal commitment, but it gives me a chance to be a part of a movement that is giving a voice to a population who otherwise go unnoticed, homeless youth,” says Jessie Smith Edwards, 21,  a Covenant House New Jersey resident.  “For most of us, these are the same streets we slept on, so it takes on a special meaning for us.”

“This is my first time to run in a marathon, and I wanted to show my support for Covenant House because they believe in me even in times when I don’t believe in myself,” said Anderson Footman, 20, Covenant House New York resident.

“Training for the marathon has challenged me to live a healthier lifestyle. I now have a physical fitness routine that I follow, and I learned how to eat nutritionally,” adds Matt Wilson, 22, another Covenant House New York resident who will be running in the NYC Half Marathon.

Former Covenant House resident Jahissell Marte is coming back to run it as well. “I wanted to come back and show my support for Covenant House,” says Jahissell.   “When I was a resident I was able to accomplish a lot of things, so this is my way of paying it forward.”

Joining with current and former Covenant House residents will be Covenant House President Kevin Ryan and Covenant House Executive Director Jim White, who will be running with their sons.  And two other runners, Ashley Johnson and Michael Kurth, will be competing in the unique Covenant House March Madness Challenge – not only running the NYC Half, but also marching with Covenant House in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16th, and sleeping out on the streets in solidarity with homeless youth on March 22nd with over 150 other young professionals outside the Covenant House crisis shelter in Manhattan.

The Home Team has raised over $700,000 since 2009 through the participation of various endurance events.  For more information on the Covenant House Home Team or you can click here.