Running a marathon? "That's the easy part." It's the fundraising that made Ryan nervous.
Ryan Chung is a graphic designer here at the Central Park Conservancy and, as of last month, captain of Team Central Park, a group of runners whose participation in the ING New York City Marathon supports the Conservancy and its work to maintain and enhance the Park.
In high school and college, Ryan was a devoted athlete, running track and playing lacrosse, football and soccer. He's stayed in shape, but hasn't had many opportunities to be on a team since graduating. "It's a lot easier to participate in team sports when you're in school," Ryan said. "I miss it."
Team Central Park has given Ryan chance to run on a team again. The members of Team Central Park plan to start training sessions together as the marathon approaches. Come Marathon day, Ryan and his teammates run knowing they're not just doing it for themselves, but for everyone who loves and enjoys Central Park. "I love the Park," Ryan said. "It's great to have a new way to contribute."
Fundraising is a team sport too. Ryan overcame his fear of fundraising and joined Team Central Park when he realized he didn't have to do it all on his own. A little bit from each of his friends and family would add up to a major donation. "Part of any sport is playing through your fears, so I'm glad my nerves didn't stop me from participating," Ryan said. "I can't wait to run."
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