My name is Michael Gilbert and this'll hopefully be my 5th trip to sunny Miami to take part in the FitBit Half and Full Marathon and I would honestly be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn't a little bit nervous. Before my first trip in 2015, I'll be the first person to tell you that I was not a runner at all; the closest thing I ever had to ANY type of physical activity was whenever I went to gym in middle and high school and the 2 summers I spent at a sports camp just outside of Baltimore,MD. I first really found out about Team Yachad while I was on the 2nd trip of the awesome Yad B' Yad summer program with my twin sister back in 2014. Once I signed for that first trip I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I was told that I was going to have to train like there was no tomorrow if I wanted to even think about finishing ( and don't even get me started on the fundraising). Since then, I've started to take each trip more seriously than the previous year. I have run through heat and humidity, whatever South Florida defines as cold, and the poring rain and came out a better and more fit person for it. Honestly, Team Yachad has really given me a true sense as to what being part of an organization and a team means; and if I was given the option to change any of those past experiences, I wouldn't change a thing.
All proceeds go directly to Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, which is dedicated
to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities and including them in the Jewish community.