For the seventh year in a row, Drew Swiss will toe the start line of the ING New York City Marathon with thousands of fellow runners to tour the streets of New York.
While his journey to the start has been similar to other runners, he has also spearheaded an incredible campaign to raise funds for Team for Kids, a NYC-based organization that provides free or low-cost school- and community-center based health and fitness programs to children who would otherwise have little to no access to regular physical activity.
"This year is different than other years for me," said Swiss. "On the fundraising side of things, I pushed myself harder by setting a new goal for myself."
"I am so happy that I have been able to raise as much as I have," continued Swiss. "For every $50, the Team for Kids program can help children learn life-long fitness skills and become more well-rounded."
In addition to pushing himself in his fundraising efforts, Swiss has also augmented his training for the ING New York City Marathon.
"I feel like I'm in peak training condition," said Swiss. "I was able to log five 20-mile training runs and also started to integrate cross-training, which I feel will make me faster on the course this year."
Despite his focus on improving his race, he is looking forward to seeing more than his race time on Sunday.
"The number one thing I am looking forward to on marathon day is seeing my family cheering for me as I cross the finish line," said Swiss.
To learn more about Swiss' fundraising efforts or to contribute to his campaign, visit his Team for Kids fundraising page.