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Team Up! with Autism Speaks a 2015 Charity Partner of TCS New York City Marathon

New York, N.Y. - Team Up! with Autism Speaks will become an Official Charity Partner of the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon, it was announced today by Elizabeth Maiuolo. The race will take place on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

“Team Up! with Autism Speaks is thrilled to partner with the TCS New York City Marathon as an official charity partner,” said Elizabeth Maiuolo. “The TCS New York City Marathon provides a powerful platform for our passionate charity runners to fundraise and raise awareness for causes that are close to their hearts. We are looking forward to supporting our runners throughout their memorable journeys as they train for, and ultimately achieve their goal of completing this race, all while raising critical funds which benefit Autism Speaks mission.

Nearly 300 official charity partners are expected to participate in the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon this year.

“We provide all the team benefits we had in the past, such as Team Up! with Autism Speaks training and racing gear, pre-race private team dinner for you and a guest on October 30th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, custom online fundraising page and tools, facebook group specific for the NYC Marathon and moderated by the Coach, virtual and customized coaching by our Track and Field Certified Running Coach, fundraising tips, opportunities, and materials, dedicated Autism Speaks staff to answer your questions, three official Autism Speaks race day cheering sections and photographer, team handbook, as well as many amazing fundraising perks like paid NYRR race fee, NYRR’s virtual training programs, VIP seats at the finish line, etc.”

Feedback from some of our 2014 TCS New York City Marathon runners:

-       From Jennifer Jarl:

Running a marathon had been a bucket list item for me, but being a New Yorker, the experience was more amazing than I could have dreamed. Training for the big day was a 4 month challenge, but raising a child with autism is one that is life-long. Being a part of this team was inspirational in so many ways- from bad running days to bad days at home- there was always a kind word or encouraging advice from strangers who are now forever a part of my life. I'm proud to have run, proud to have raised money & awareness, and most importantly, proud to be Max's mother.

-       From Zobel Belisario

It felt so good to support a cause close to my heart while training for a race that was also important to me. The support from our team members and coach pushed me through the finish line, and everyone's story of why they were running the NYC Marathon was inspirational.

-       From: Kevin Long:

Team-Up/Autism Speaks gave me the opportunity to realize my dream of running the NYC Marathon. The fundraising aspect provided me with a mechanism for sharing my journey and awareness of autism with family, friends and colleagues (and even a few strangers). Winners all around! 

-       From Karen Wilkins-Mickey:

Running NYC was a dream come true and running for TeamUp! with Autism Speaks and my son was my motivation to start and finish this amazing race!! One step at a time for a lifetime of help to cure Autism. It's the least I could do. My son struggles daily, I struggle for a day.

-       From Billy Herr:

NYC 2014 was life changing. To be able to experience the course, the spectators, the overall atmosphere, and to do it while raising money for Autism Speaks is something that I'll never forget and can never replicate.

-       From Sandra Lynn Bicknese

My first Marathon was November 2014! I raised 7,140 for Autism Speaks. It was the most fulfilling achievement I ever did!!! Elizabeth Maiuolo you were my rock !!!!! :):)  

-       From Mira Naku-Toth: Advocating for Autism one Marathon at a year! This is what I’m using these days. .. I use to say advocating one mile at time!

“We warmly welcome Team Up! with Autism Speaks as an official charity partner for the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Michael Rodgers, Vice President of Development and Philanthropy for New York Road Runners. “All of our participants are inspired to run for reasons significant and special to them, and we are especially appreciative of those who make a meaningful commitment to run on behalf of one of our official charity partners. We wish the best to all of these runners as they begin to plan and prepare for an experience of a lifetime at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon.”

The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon will feature a talented American and international professional athlete field, charity runners, and thousands of runners of all ages and abilities. More than 10,000 volunteers help to support participants across the 26.2-mile race route, which touches each of New York City’s five boroughs, and is lined with more than one million neighbors and guests. Last year, NYRR celebrated each of the 50,530 runners who crossed the finish line and made the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon the largest in the world, including the one-millionth finisher ever in the history of the event. Participants hailed from more than 130 countries and each of the 50 states.

The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon will again air live locally on ABC7 and nationally on ESPN2.

About the TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the largest marathon in the world. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. The race began in 1970 with just 127 entrants running four laps around Central Park, and expanded citywide in 1976. In 2014, a record 50,530 runners from 130 countries toured New York City’s five boroughs, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, before ending in Manhattan at the iconic Central Park finish line. More than one million spectators line the city streets to cheer on the runners, while millions more watch the live television broadcast in the United States and around the world. The race is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series featuring the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowning the top professional male and female marathoners of the series. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Maiuolo

Development Director, Team Up!

Autism Speaks