Elizabeth Neuts runs not for herself, but for the 15 special-needs students she teaches at the Merrymeeting Center for Child Development in Bath, ME. “Every day is a struggle for my kids, and I want to show them that in the face of every struggle, we pull through together as a team,” says Neuts.
“These kids love to hear about my runs, and it is something that I can share with them,” she says. “Each day we are incorporating physical activity into their day. They do it because they want to be like Ms. Beth.”
Neuts is running the TCS New York City Marathon as a member of Team for Kids, a committed group of adult runners from around the world who add meaning to their miles by raising funds for NYRR’s Youth and Community Services programs while training for major endurance events.
“I chose this charity because I have fallen in love with New York City, and as a teacher, anything to get kids active is important and deserves recognition and money,” says Neuts, who began running just four years ago, when her boss at the time offered to refund the cost of a 5K if she completed the race.
Thus her love of running was born. Neuts ran her first marathon, the Sugarloaf Marathon in Maine, last May.
Neuts also runs with her late grandfather in mind. The founder of a race in Maine, he passed away last October. “When I run I feel close to him,” she says.
As she runs on November 6, Neuts will in turn inspire many others, and her students back home will be at the forefront of her thoughts when she crosses the finish line.
By Sean Phillips
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TUNE IN. The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon will be televised live on Sunday, November 6, on WABC-TV, Channel 7 in the New York tri-state area from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET, and for the rest of the nation on ESPN2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.