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She’s the First is an official charity partner of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon, to be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Meet our inaugural Team STF!

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RAJAT DAS
First-time marathoner

Rajat will be be running his first-ever marathon on Team STF this fall. As a native New Yorker and avid runner, he’s always seen the NYC Marathon as one of the city's landmark events to participate in. Rajat and his wife, Nithya, have been supporters of STF for several years and they believe that all girls should have opportunities for education.

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GISELLE CASTRO
First-time marathoner

Giselle is a PR professional who loves being active, whether through running, hiking, or working out at the gym. The NYC Marathon is one of the goals she wants to accomplish on her bucket list, and she's excited to be running it this year.

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MICHAEL WALTERS
First-time marathoner

Michael has been a supporter and fan of She’s the First for many years. Now, running a marathon has been a lifelong ambition of his and he’s so excited to be part of the inaugural STF team. He’s always valued education and he has seen firsthand the incredible impact it can have.

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THOMAS SANDER
First-time marathoner

Thomas has been a long-time supporter of STF, but his most visible role to date was as kickball team MVP. He's taking a big step-up in commitment this year by joining Team STF and running his first marathon. Other than running ridiculous amounts of miles, he spends his free time cuddling his bulldog Lucy, cheering on the Carolina Panthers, and playing basketball with his friends.

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KELLY TAGLIALAVORE

Kelly first saw running as a form of therapy and she found inspiration through Instagram. She developed a long term goal for herself: to run all six of the World Majors (NYC, Chicago, Boston, London, Tokyo, Berlin) and after qualifying for NYC through NYRR’s 9+1 program, she earned her spot. In a world where women need a voice now more than ever, she is thrilled and honored to raise money for STF and help further education in any way she can.

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ABIRAM VISWANATH
First-time marathoner

Abiram previously volunteered at Shanti Bhavan, STF’s Partner school in India, where he first came across STF. With a theme of "firsts" this year, he’s running his first campaign and running the NYC Marathon (his first marathon!). He’s excited to contribute to an organization whose efforts & values coincide with his own.

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ANDREW MONTAGUE
First-time marathoner

Andrew was introduced to She’s the First by a fellow kiwi living in New York and is “stoked” to join the team this year. Not a routine runner, Andrew has always seen a marathon as an incredible challenge and is excited to finish one in such an amazing city.

Now that you’ve met them, support them!
Donate to Team STF’s NYC Marathon Crowdrise page.


Run like a girl, run for a girl.

When you’re a runner with She’s the First, your fundraising (minimum: $3,500) will support first-generation grads all around the world. And here’s what you’ll get in return:

  • Free race entry

  • A fundraising guide, personalized fundraising page, and access to fundraising coaches

  • Training mentors for personal consulting

  • Access to our NYC-based community and local events

  • Race day shirt

  • Cheer squads along the race course


    Applications for this year’s spots have closed. Please check back for 2020!