Inside Lane:  Spotlight on Fr. Nathan Haverland

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Tips and Tricks for Running the TCS NYC Marathon

Our Team Catholic Charities runners – 1 for each decade to celebrate Catholic Charities’ 100 years of service! - are gearing up for the Big Day, the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

They’ll be racing through all five boroughs.  They’ll be running more than 26 miles. And they’ll be surrounded by tens of thousands of fellow runners in what is called the largest marathon in the world.

How do they do it?

During the next five months we’ll share with you their tips and training advice.  And we’ll also share why they’re running for Team Catholic Charities.

Today, as our inaugural 2017 TCS NYC Marathon blog post, let’s here from Fr. Nathan Haverland.

Fr. Nathan Haverland
Fr. Nathan Haverland

By Fr. Nathan Haverland

I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity to run in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon and help raise funds to support the most vulnerable families in New York City and neighboring communities. 

I started running about two years ago as a way to stay healthy, challenge myself and hopefully show people that they too can reach what seem like unachievable goals when they try.

As a priest of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas I first ran a 5k to help raise funds to support our seminarians. Since then, I have kept challenging myself by signing up for more races and longer races until eventually last fall I ran in the Chicago Marathon.

Anyone that has run with me knows that running is by no means easy for me but I do it anyway because it reminds me of all those who struggle running the race of this life. 

It is an honor to be able to run in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon as a part of Team Catholic Charities NY. As a priest I often see the good that Catholic Charities does in supporting those in need.  It is a privilege to have this opportunity to help them fulfill that mission of supporting the most vulnerable families.

I see this as an opportunity to suffer some so that some don’t have to suffer.