Image via Team For Kids/Marion Bartoli's Fundraiser
Bartoli will raise funds for NYRR’s Team for Kids, the TCS New York City Marathon’s largest charity running team that raises funds for NYRR’s free youth running programs in New York City and across the country, by using NYRR’s partner fundraising platform, CrowdRise. Donations to Team for Kids on behalf of Bartoli’s run can be made at www.crowdrise.com/marionb.
Bartoli, 31, born in Le Puy en Velay, France, reached the highest ranking of No. 7 in the world during her career. Throughout her 13-year professional career she reached the quarterfinal stage of each of the four Grand Slams and was runner-up at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships before prevailing in 2013.
“It is an honor to announce that I will run my first marathon this fall, and it is with great excitement that I will do so at the TCS New York City Marathon in November,” Bartoli said. “After recently falling ill from a terrible virus and embarking on a long road to recovery, I have set my sights on the TCS New York City Marathon as my next goal.”
Since retiring from professional tennis, Bartoli has turned to broadcasting and fashion design. She is currently a broadcaster for Eurosport at the 2016 US Open and has graduated with a degree in fashion print from the prestigious design school, Central Saint Martins in London.
As a Team for Kids runner, Bartoli will be a part of a committed group of more than 1,700 adult runners from around the world who add meaning to their miles by raising funds for NYRR’s free youth running programs. These programs serve more than 215,000 kids locally and nationally, including more than 115,000 in New York City’s five boroughs.
Bartoli hopes that her story of setting an ambitious goal such as running a marathon after a severe illness will be an inspiration to kids in NYRR’s programs letting them know that nothing is impossible.