Número en mano! Our colleague Marcel Imery from the Miami office ready to rock and run the #MiamiMarathon.
On Sunday 3 November our colleague Ayo Daly, from the Luxembourg team, took to the streets of New York City to run the marathon while raising funds for the Desa Les Community Center. Ayo and his sister had chosen to set themselves a testing personal challenge that they could do together in memory of their late mother who passed away in 2018.
Ayo and his family self-funded their trip and despite a few travel challenges along the way, reached NYC in time to join the start-line early last Sunday morning alongside more than 50,000 other runners.
“My sister and I had a real mix of nerves and excitement as we lined up at the start. All the training and transatlantic travel had led us to this moment and we both really wanted to give our best. The starting claxon sounded and off we set. Initially we were tracking a good time and both of us were feeling pretty fresh for the first 13 miles. The atmosphere was incredible and the crowds along the way definitely helped to keep us going” explained Ayo.
“Unfortunately, just over half way round I began to experience some awful knee pain from a previous injury. This was the start of a dreadful second half of the race where I found myself having to jog, walk, stretch and even crawl parts of the course. It was extremely tough going but I was determined to finish it.
The Manhattan skyline and the crowds were a bit of a blur but we finally made it to the finish line. After 5 hours, 20 minutes and 18 seconds I crossed the line and completed my first (and very likely LAST!!) marathon.
Thank you to everyone that has supported and encouraged me along the way. My sister and I are proud of what we have achieved together and I am pleased to have been able to raise some funds for the Desa Les Community Center along the way.”
Well done, Ayo! Your determination is admirable and the contribution you have made for the Desa Les Community Center is hugely appreciated. If anyone would like to make a contribution to support Ayo’s efforts, it is not too late.
Our latest recruit to the AMI-Runners family is Ayo Daly from our Luxembourg & Malta Team! Ayo is going transatlantic and will be pounding the pavements of the city that never sleeps and participating in the New York Marathon on Sunday 3 November. This is Ayo’s very first marathon and he has kindly chosen to raise funds for the Desa Les Community Center as part of his personal challenge.
“This is my first ever marathon and I am juggling with a mix of excitement and nervousness”, explains Ayo. “I will be running with my sister who is quite an accomplished marathon runner, so I am hoping that my adrenalin and her running experience get us both round in a decent time!”
“We sadly lost our mother last year and my sister and I have decided to do something positive together in her memory. Raising funds for the Desa Les Community Center in the process feels like a great way to make a positive contribution in my Mum’s memory. Our whole family are coming to New York to support us so it has the makings of an incredible weekend for us all.”
It was thanks to our recent AMI-Runners story that Ayo came up with the idea of running the NYC Marathon in aid of the Desa Les Community Center. “The recent AMI-Runners stories really resonated with me and left me feeling that fundraising through my running efforts was definitely a way that I could make my own contribution for this brilliant project. I can’t imagine being caught in a vicious circle of poverty. I want to help by generating funds that will support the construction of the project and the eventual teaching of vocational skills that will let the young people find jobs and give them economic empowerment.”
Ayo’s commitment has to be commended, especially as he is currently in the process of relocating his family from Malta to Luxembourg so that he can take up a new role within the Amicorp Luxembourg team. Fitting in his training, a busy work schedule and relocation matters really can’t be easy!
Thank you for everything you are doing in support of the Desa Les Community Center, Ayo. We are hugely proud of what you are aiming to achieve and we wish you and your sister the very best of luck for the event.
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