On Nov. 6, a record 47,107 runners took to the streets of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan to run the 2011 ING New York City Marathon. Among them, were the members of Team Nature.
From Conservancy leaders to members of our Young Professional's Group, these 19 runners put in miles and miles as part of a lifelong commitment to nature. Congratulations to all of our runners who completed the race of a lifetime!
Thank you for going the distance for conservation!
Why are you running for nature?
"By running the marathon I support The Nature Conservancy. And by supporting the Conservancy I help keep all those special places where I run in New York and around the world as they are, for people and nature." FINISH TIME: 3:42:19
"Through the LEAF (Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future) program, I took my first step beyond the limits that had been set for me." FINISH TIME: 5:54:08
"As a parent, you're given a huge responsibility and you owe it to them to not only teach them good values but to also leave them a world that they can thrive in and help sustain for their children." FINISH TIME: 4:30:07
"It’s time to act on my gratitude toward nature! I’ll mix sweat and heart with a financial contribution in hopes that I can inspire you to join me." FINISH TIME: 4:08:51
Ned Conwell, Organic farmer
"I am an organic farmer and depend on the natural world for my livelihood. I'm running my first ever marathon in support of the Conservancy's work, for the future of wild, open places and for the future of sustainable agriculture!" FINISH TIME: 5:28:17
"I feel privileged to not only work for such a great organisation but to have the chance to run the biggest road race in the world!" FINISH TIME: 3:53:03
"Even though I've been a city girl for many years now, nature is still close to my heart and deep in my soul. I'm honored to work towards this big goal for the ultimate cause." FINISH TIME: 5:03:33
"I want to ensure that others are able enjoy nature and to also have those experiences for generations to come." FINISH TIME: 4:25:16
"There are many worthy organizations to run for, but the work of The Nature Conservancy affects us all." FINISH TIME: 4:25:16
Nathan Woiwode, Policy Advisor
"All that I’ve done and all that I am I can trace back to what the natural world has given to me." FINISH TIME: 5:04:24
"I want to ensure that the areas I have always enjoyed are there for the generations to come.” FINISH TIME: 4:05:39
"I hope to help preserve great outdoor places just like the ones I was fortunate enough to grow up around." FINISH TIME: 5:10:39
Beth Wheatley, Director of Government Relations
“Though I have been working for this organization for more than six years, I am still in awe of my colleague’s successes.” FINISH TIME: 4:02:26
"With this run, I’m seeking to raise awareness of the serious risks associated with climate change while also raising funds that can be used to further efforts to combat global warming." FINISH TIME: 4:42:25
"I'm running to help remind people to get out in nature. The more you do, the more you will appreciate the work organizations like the Conservancy do globally. The best gym in the world is the great outdoors, something as simple as running can be life changing." FINISH TIME: 3:45:51