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On November 5th, 2023, just 2 months away, a group of dedicated individuals is lacing up their running shoes and joining team FPHNYC to make a difference that goes far beyond the finish line. Their motivation isn’t solely driven by personal records – it’s fueled by a commitment to raising funds and awareness for causes that align with FPHNYC’s mission to improve the health of all New Yorkers. 

We are thrilled to introduce you to some of the remarkable runners who are running for a purpose in the TSC NYC Marathon. In the following sections, you will learn about our runners’ personal anecdotes that ignite their passion. Through sweat, determination, and unwavering spirit, these individuals are proving that anyone can become a beacon of change, one meaningful step at a time. 

Meet Our Runners

Ethan Kudler smiling and posing in a headshot with a plum purple polo shirt
Ethan Kudler, Team FPHNYC

Ethan Kudler

Ethan Kudler has a profound appreciation for raising mental health awareness, shaped by his firsthand observations of its impact on many individuals within his own circle. These personal connections serve as a driving force behind his commitment to effecting tangible change, aligning closely with FPHNYC’s priorities. Ethan, no stranger to marathons or fundraising with his prior involvement in Penn State THON, has consistently raised thousands of dollars for charity over the last four years. Now, he’s prepared to channel that determination and purpose into the upcoming marathon, propelled by the genuine cause that holds a special place in his heart. 

Jessical Houle, full length image, posing in front of the Newport Marathon backdrop, holding a medal and smiling
Jessica Houle, Team FPHNYC

Jessica Houle

With a history of completing five half marathons, Jessica is a dedicated FPHNYC Team member running to mirror her commitment to fortifying public health. Driven by an unwavering belief that public health forms the bedrock of effective healthcare, Jessica has had many experiences and educational pursuits studying Health Policy and Management at Providence College, which taught her about the unearthing insights into the far-reaching impacts of public health, the gaps in knowledge within the US, and the influential role of social determinants in shaping communities. Her passion has led her to a transformative experience studying Healthcare Delivery and Prioritization in Copenhagen, where exposure to strategies for vulnerable populations, safe injection sites, and health protection in prisons underscored the significance of effective public health measures. She is currently a healthcare data analyst at 3M Health Information Systems, where she crafts methodologies to enhance care quality, focusing on the critical integration of public health insights into patient well-being. Jessica’s journey is not just about running a race but about advocating for a cause close to her heart, contributing to FPHNYC’s mission. 

Selfie of Simona Greenberg smiling and holding a Big Apple 5K medal with a neon yellow beanie
Simona Greenberg, Team FPHNYC

Simona Greenberg

Simona Greenberg is a passionate advocate for embracing a vibrant and wholesome lifestyle. Through her research and education on local and global charities, Simona felt a distinct calling from FPHNYC, aligning her advocacy with the organization’s mission. With an unwavering focus on enhancing the health of her community, she strongly believes that everyone has an equal opportunity to lead healthy lives from the inside out. Simona is also actively engaged in an Instagram community that revolves around plant-based nourishment and culinary artistry, while her network of 350+ women foster candid conversations on all facets of health and wellness. As she laces up her running shoes for FPHNYC, Simona embodies the fusion of advocacy and action, poised to make strides towards a healthier future for all. 

This marks the beginning of a series of blog posts delving into the stories of Team FPHNYC’s runners. Join us on this journey as we uncover the inspiring narratives of passion and purpose driving these individuals. To explore more about the marathon and our dedicated team, visit our general marathon page

By Erica Cha