They run for fallen comrades. They run for foundations and charities and those causes closest to their hearts. They run for when the odds have been against them, for when hurricanes have wreaked havoc in their communities and for when the motivation to compete has become bigger than themselves. They are cancer survivors, community leaders, disability rights advocates, educators and air traffic controllers, among so many other things.
And on Nov. 4, in the wake of a momentous year in women’s sport, Team WSF has been selected to join them.
I’m running the New York City Marathon as a part of the Women’s Sports Foundation to help other girls and women be brave. The world needs more girls to believe in their inherent bravery. And for that, we need them to stay in sport. — Anne Hart
In advance of the 2018 New York City Marathon, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s charity team – comprised of Olympians and advocates for women’s sport – was chosen to be a member of the New York Road Runners’ (NYRR) “Team #MovedMe” campaign. NYRR selected 26 individuals, groups and families – one for each mile of the race – with distinct and inspiring stories. Of the more than 50,000 runners entered in this year’s marathon, Team WSF was picked to represent all charity partners.
“[The campaign] will illustrate how the marathon moves more than 50,000 people through New York City’s five boroughs,” said Matt Singer, manager of media and public relations at NYRR. “It will do this while also emotionally moving family, friends, and spectators and encouraging them to take on their own challenges.”
The six runners representing Team WSF include four-time luge Olympian Erin Hamlin, Olympic rowers Sarah McIlduff and Sara Hendershot, Olympic cross-country skier Anne Hart, professional rock climber Sasha DiGiulian and filmmaker Adam Reist.
“As the father of a youth rower, while I stood cheering on my daughter in her new sport, I began to witness first-hand the powerful change that ensued in her upon joining a crew team,” Reist said. “All the women in my life have been very strong role models and the thought that they didn’t have the same opportunities as I did never occurred to me. I was amazed to learn how hard women had to work just to participate in sport. And if it wasn’t for these women, the opportunities that my daughters have today wouldn’t exist.”
Along with the rest of Team #MovedMe, the Foundation’s runners will lead the entire delegation of runners and nations in the TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 2.
For Hamlin, who is no stranger to flag-bearing, the cause for which she is running is inherently close to her heart.
“I am thrilled to go out there and run for those women and girls who were never able to participate and to encourage others to keep the trends of girls’ participation in sports going the right way,” Hamlin told NYRR. “I can attribute the bulk of my maturation as a person, professionalism in corporate settings, and skills as a public speaker to my time spent as an athlete.”
NYRR chose WSF to represent all of the runners racing for charitable causes because the Foundation’s mission is more relevant today than ever. After one of the most impactful years in the history of women’s sport, Team WSF is running to raise money to further expand access and opportunities for all girls and all women in sport. To help Team WSF reach its fundraising goal, please click here.
“I have never seen the sky through a glass ceiling,” Hart said. “Sport has taught me to value my body for what it can do and not how it looks. It has taught me that feeling capable is powerful. That pushing yourself leads you to break your own perceived limitations. That proving yourself braver than you thought is more important than anything in the world. So I’m running the New York City Marathon as a part of the Women’s Sports Foundation to help other girls and women be brave. The world needs more girls to believe in their inherent bravery. And for that, we need them to stay in sport.”