Change for Kids is recruiting for our 2018 TCS New York City Marathon Team, and we want you! Meet Andy Hoffman, a 2017 CFK Marathon Runner. We asked Andy about his marathon experience and why he ran for Change for Kids.
Why did you choose to run for Change for Kids? I was introduced to Team CFK through my company, The Carlyle Group, who is a partner of Change for Kids. I wanted to run the NYC Marathon for a charity that I really believed in, and for me, nothing is more important than access to a strong educational system beginning at a very young age. The work that Change for Kids is doing at the elementary school level is setting the stage for children to succeed as they move up through middle school, high school, and beyond.
What was it like running the largest marathon in the world? I’ve run a handful of other marathons before, but this was my first NYC experience, and I can honestly say it’s just totally different. The entire day is really a unique and amazing experience. In addition to the excitement, it’s also a very satisfying and proud feeling to complete the race. And doing it while helping kids made it even more satisfying.
Any advice for this year’s runners? If you’re training for a marathon, set a training plan that works for your lifestyle. Create a schedule that you’re going to be able to stick to, and that you can consistently balance with other personal and work commitments in your life. You want to go into a marathon prepared, so you need to get the miles in. But you also want the process to be fun, not a burden. So balancing all of that is key.
Learn more about running the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon on November 4th here.