On The Run at NYC Half: Elite Runner Mike Cassidy and The Magic of Goodwill

Mike Cassidy

Mike Cassidy cross the 2013 New York City Marathon Finish with Meb Keflezighi. (Photo: NYRR On The Run)

Mike Cassidy

Mike Cassidy is one of New York City’s top local elite runners. I’ve had the chance to interview the Staten Island native three times now: after he won the 2013 Staten Island Half, after he finished the 2013 New York City Marathon hand-in-hand with Meb Keflezighi, and now in preparation for the NYC Half. He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a 2:18 marathon, and yet he’s just a regular guy going to graduate school while training hard.

Among the many things that impress me about Mike is that he has an amazing outlook on running and on life. If you haven’t read his LetsRun.com essay, “The Time of My Life,” you should. Now he puts it into words, and what the marathon moment meant to him, for On The Run.


Goodwill Industries is best known for its retail stores, as name checked by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in the mega-hit “Thrift Shop.” But the non-profit uses the proceeds from those stores to spread a whole lot of good will, including at the NYC Half.

Goodwill will collect discarded clothing at the start of the race, which will then be sold at Goodwill stores throughout the New York metro areas. Every 91 cents the organization collects goes to fund their job creation programs, including finding workers to stuff the 23,000 NYC Half finisher recovery bags and staff fluid stations along the course. It was really incredible to visit the Goodwill warehouse and see just how much they do. This is just a tiny glimpse.

Here are more videos from On The Run at the NYC Half!

On The Run at NYC Half: Expo, Charity & Black Roses


Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


03 2014

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  1. 1

    Great videos! That’s so great that Goodwill makes good use of all the discarded clothing at the NYC half.
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    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks! I was thoroughly impressed by Goodwill when I visited. Makes me glad that’s where I donate my own clothing and household goods!

  2. 3

    That article by Mike Cassidy completely made me tear up a bit. I love the how he said the below quote…it’s so true!

    “In a race, the other runners are not rivals; they are comrades in the war we each wage within ourselves, a leg up on our journeys to new levels of self-realization. Personal bests are rarely set in isolation. Ours is not an individual sport.”

    • Karla Bruning

      Absolutely! In the interview, I asked him about that. And it’s true. We think of it as an individual sport, but in so many ways it’s not. We’re all in this together!

  3. 5

    I remember the NYC marathon broadcast mentioned the finish line story of Meb and Mike Cassidy. I hadn’t seen the article he wrote but it’s really great to read his own thoughts on that moment.
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