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2021 in Review: Stride for Stride

Updated: Jan 25, 2022

Last weekend was the end of races for 2021, and with that it’s a perfect time to wrap up Stride for Stride’s year in numbers;

  • Team Stride for Stride grew from 35 to 112 runners in 2021

  • Team Stride for Stride ran 65 distinct races in 2021 for a total of 3,330 miles - and that doesn’t include the thousands of training miles.

  • Stride for Stride spent $20,220 on race bibs in 2021 - up significantly from 2020 ($3,150) and 2019 ($6,260).

  • Our 112 runners represent 15 countries; Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Nigeria and the United States.

  • 61 Team Stride for Stride runners are men, and 51 are women.

  • Boston is still our biggest city, but a third of our runners are now based in New York City.

  • Team Stride for Stride ran two World Marathon Majors in 2021; the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon.

  • Our NYC Marathon team was featured in Runner’s World.

  • Heart to Cart was featured in BDC.

2021 was an incredible year for Stride for Stride, especially considering races didn’t start running until mid-summer. As you can see, races are very expensive, and that’s why Stride for Stride exists - to give low-income runners the opportunity to compete with everyone else. The NYC Marathon costs $295/bib, the Cambridge Half was $125, and the upcoming Brooklyn Marathon + Half is $145 to $195 per bib. In 2022 we expect our bib costs to double from what they were in 2021.

Running a race is empowering in both sport and life. As long as you can get to the starting you have a chance at winning the race - it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. That’s empowering!

Last weekend after the Winter Classic one of our runners said to me: “The week is trabajo and stress. Running is my happy place.”

Please consider a donation to Stride for Stride so we can continue to give people their happy place in 2022.

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