Ready for the Yonkers Marathon (l-r): Aisling Irish Community Center Executive Director Orla Kelleher, Board Chair Caitriona Clarke, Board Member and Team Aisling member Catherine Flood, and Development Manager Sharon Mascovecchio. Phot0 by Nuala Purcell.
By Irish Echo Staff
The Spartans held the pass with 300. The Aisling Irish Community Center will take the streets with 200.
This Sunday, October 21, the 93rd Annual Yonkers Marathon will take place in downtown Yonkers and of the nearly 750 people currently registered to take part, more than 200 of the runners are from one team – Team Aisling – representing the Aisling Irish Community Center on McLean Avenue.
Runners are coming from Westchester, Rockland, New Jersey, New York City and as far away as Ireland to take part in the full marathon, half marathon, or 5K run.
“They are flying, walking, driving and taking the train to Yonkers to be a part of something big. You’ll be certain to see them coming down the path geared up in green team shirts, a sea of green,” said a release from the center.
Stated the Aisling release: “The team has been training for the past nine months to get ready for the big day and along the way they’ve gotten in shape, made new friends, reconnected with old friends and want to continue running as a group after Sunday’s race.
“Team Aisling has runners are challenging themselves to their first 5K, to some who are excited to do their first marathon, as well as experienced runners that run marathons every year.
“The group came together with a common goal, to create awareness and raise funds for the Aisling Irish Community Center and the programs and services the center provides.
“It’s amazing to see the passion and devotion the community has towards helping the Aisling Irish Community Center. The center is a cornerstone in the area, as well as a resource for individuals near and far.
“Team Aisling is a team of support for each other, a team of encouragement and a team having fun together.”
Premier Sponsors of Team Aisling are Donnelly's Irish Meats, Liffey Van Lines, James Trading Group and All Boro Flooring.
The center said it was thankful for the support of its sponsors making things possible for the team, and also said that it wanted to see as many people as possible come out and cheer on the runners.