The iconic TCS New York City Marathon has been a hallmark of Team Fox — the grassroots fundraising arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) — since 2006.
On the eve of the official TCS New York City Marathon drawing, Team Fox is here to remind you that we’ve got a bib with your name on it! Whether you’re waiting to see how the lottery unfolds, or you’re curious about what Team Fox has to offer, you’ve come to the right place. To date, over 1,500 Team Fox athletes have joined our New York City Marathon team and collectively raised over $11 million for MJFF.
Not only is 2020 the 15th year Team Fox has been a charity partner of the iconic race, but this November, the TCS New York City Marathon celebrates its 50th anniversary. In honor of this milestone year, MJFF is gathering the largest, loudest and highest fundraising team of all time.
Here, we’ve rounded up some highlights from past New York City Marathon teams to inspire you to toe the line with Team Fox this fall.
- Between 2005 and 2006 (the first year runners participated in the New York City Marathon under the official Team Fox name) the team grew from 22 runners to 90 runners!
- Actor Ryan Reynolds was named celebrity chair of Team Fox when he decided to lace up alongside 130 Team Fox runners for the 2008 New York City Marathon. He ran in honor of his father who has Parkinson’s disease. Ryan currently sits on MJFF’s Board of Directors.
- In 2009, Matt Wilbur, who lives with Parkinson’s, joined Team Fox and ran his first New York City Marathon with his daughter Kristen. The following year, Kristen had to drop out last minute. On the bus to the start line in Staten Island, another Team Fox marathoner introduced himself to Matt and asked if he needed a running partner. Mike Dubin and Matt became instant friends.
- If you want a sense of the energy that spans the entire course, you’re in luck. Team Fox member and former MJFF staffer Gwen Schroeder documented her 2011 New York City Marathon run via a GoPro camera. Thanks to Gwen, you can see for yourself what the hype is all about!
- In 2012, Team Fox members and the greater running community demonstrated incredible resilience and optimism after the devastating effects of Super Storm Sandy resulted in the cancellation of the New York City Marathon. Despite the storm, the team raised over $600,000 without ever setting foot on the racecourse.
- Two avid runners and former New York City Marathon finishers, Matt Mitchell and Amar Kuchinad, approached the 2013 New York City Marathon with a very specific goal in mind: a sub 3-hour marathon. They leveraged the goal to increase awareness around their fundraising and MJFF’s mission, using #Break3ToCurePD to spread the message. Watch an interview with the runners.
- In addition to hitting the pavement, these athletes are also creatively fundraising to meet required fundraising goals. Team Fox asked five 2015 athletes how they push themselves past the fundraising finish line.
- In 2015, former VICE Media President Andrew Creighton (now a member of MJFF’s Board of Directors) raised over $890,000 after publicly sharing his Parkinson’s diagnosis while training to run the New York City Marathon with Team Fox. The next year, 16 people ran with Team VICE in Andrew's honor, raising $1.1 million. In 2017, we interviewed a few Team VICE runners.
- When Jeff Zanchelli set out to run the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, it had been about 13 years since he did any significant running. Driven by his wife’s relentless optimism after her Parkinson’s diagnosis, Jeff decided to dust off his sneakers “for a great cause, not because I necessarily wanted to run 26.2 miles,” he says.
There is limitless inspiration within this community and we’ve only scratched the surface.
Are you ready to lace up and make history with Team Fox in 2020? Sign up today.