Jun 9, 2017
Toby Tanser is one of the running ambassadors of our time. Not only did Toby convince Prince Harry to run with him, get Gloria Gaynor to meet a runner at the finish of a race, and friends with plenty of other celebrities, Toby is also a sub 2:20 marathoner who founded Shoe4Africa.
Toby shares his story about how he went from smoking 20 cigarettes a day, drinking 6 Guinness in a day to running professionally, to where he went to do a training stint in Kenya to improve.
Toby realized that for him, it was not about his running and what he wanted to accomplish, but how he could help others, especially the Kenyan runners who were putting absolutely everything into their running.
Toby was responsible for the first public childrens hospital in Kenya, and continues to find new ways to help other runners, getting the best Kenyan runners in the world (including Eulid Kipchoge and Mary Keitany) to be involved in his projects.
This is for you if you love to hear about the good there is in this world, and want to help others to bring light and joy to those in need. Toby is a runner who is passionate about helping others with their running goals, while helping everyone he can to be in good health, a luxury not everyone can afford.
Founder and CEO of Shoe for Africa, which built the first public children's hospital in Africa. Toby is on the board of directors for the New York Road Runners and organizes lots of events worldwide for charity.
I wanted to stop, but I was able to keep on going because of the fear.
When we compete, we compete against ourselves. We don't really compete against other people.
Arriving in Kenya, expecting to just go on a training camp, the country truly changed my life in so many ways. I realized, I wasn't really interested in running, I was interested in other things in Kenya.
I saw a place that had immense talent, but so few opportunities.
People were giving me pairs of shoes and telling me emotional stories that I never believed possible... I realized it was empowering on both sides.
Being a very small charity, we have always been very nimble and work towards the greatest need we can.
Kids in Kenya have to go to overcrowded adult hospitals and have to fight for beds.
We all know somebody who can help. We are a world of help. It is ingrained in our DNA.
I look at the London marathon and what it has done for the world of charity, absolutely amazing. New York is close on its heels now.
Mary Keitanys first senior race was a shoe4africa race.
Running is such a beautiful sport.
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