On June 24, Mayor Bill de Blasio postponed the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon, which was set to take place this Sunday, November 1, marking its 50th event. The 50th running of the TCS New York City Marathon will now take place on November 7, 2021. New York Road Runners (NYRR) would not allow the world’s largest marathon, with 53,640 finishes last year, to go on this year due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers, staff, and the many partners and communities that support the event.

Kew Gardens Hills resident Batsheva Boehm, a regular at the NYC marathon, has taken upon herself to continue the marathon virtually and raise $36,000 for the Amudim crisis organization, where she sits on its board. Well over $22,000 into her campaign, Batsheva intends to run the 26.2 miles all in her hometown of Queens. “I see firsthand the indescribable positive impact that Amudim has for our community on a daily basis, and for future generations,” explains Batsheva on her commitment to the cause. For those new to Amudim’s efforts, the organization was founded on the pillars of kindness, compassion, and dignity, and functions as a confidential resource center that provides meaningful assistance, enduring support, and direct referrals for individuals and families impacted by abuse, neglect, addiction, mental health concerns, and other crisis-related matters. When the world was forced to step back during COVID, Amudim continued onwards, saving lives.

The Run 4 Amudim Challenge is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from a 5K to half and full marathons. So choose your distance, go at your own pace, run outside or on a treadmill, and make sure to connect your fitness tracker as you run the distance and raise money for a wonderful cause.

 Tax-deductible donations can be made at www.virtual.run4amudim.com/batsheva-boehm. Visit www.amudim.org  to learn more.

By Shabsie Saphirstein