It’s 40 years since Nelson-born Rod Dixon won the New York City Marathon, but the passion and enthusiasm for running has not gone. If anything, it has grown and whilst he may not be running in this year’s marathon, his feats have inspired the next generation of runners. To mark and celebrate this remarkable milestone, Rod and fellow running legend Lorraine Moller are teaming up with a number of athletes who will be racing in this year’s NYCM to encourage and help them prepare for the race.
The NYCM will be held on 5 November, and as the date for the race gets closer the runners will share their thoughts, so bookmark this page!
Rod is heading the team of fundraising champions, and has his own special fundraiser.
Alison Strominger. Alison is an innovative marketing-minded and events professional with demonstrated history of helping high-tech companies grow their business. This is the second time Ali has run the New York marathon.
Jayson Warsuma/David Levine. Jayson won Gold in the 5000m at the Special Olympics Southern California in 2011. Jayson is part of the LA Road Runners and a long time pace leader for all three of the Conquer Challenge events and is respected among his peers as an elite runner.
Vicki Hunter – Vicki is a retired political science teacher from Boulder, Colorado. Vicki grew up in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, and started running as a teenager and continued through her twenties and thirties, winning many local races.
Nick Smith – currently the Nelson Mayor. Nick was a NZ politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for National party as the Tasman electorate from 1990 to 1996, and then the Nelson electorate from 1996 to 2020. He became a National List MP in 2020 before retiring from politics in 2021.
Andrew Board – Top South Media Managing Director
Kim Ngawhika – Whakatū Marae Poutohuwhakahaere
Lester Binns – Saint Paul’s Catholic School Board Chair
These athletes are all paying their own way, but are seeking donations to fundraise for the foundation. If you wish to help support the cause, please consider donating to help the cause.