Comfort Zone Camp is proud to be an official charity partner of the TCS New York City Marathon! 

Through our partnership with New York Road Runners, we have guaranteed paid entries for a team of 5 runners who are willing to run the full marathon and fundraise for Comfort Zone Camp!

RACE: 2022 TCS New York City Marathon

DATE: Sunday, November 6, 2022

LOCATION:  New York, NY

The TCS New York City Marathon course runs 26.2 miles through the five boroughs of NYC – Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Manhattan. With just over 45,000 finishers each year, the New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world. It’s also one of the most difficult courses of the major Marathons with deceptively hilly bridges, a tough finish through Central Park, and screaming crowds that can make your adrenaline surge with excitement. Running the NYC Marathon for Comfort Zone Camp requires serious time, energy, and dedication.

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Meet the Runners

Meet the each of the 5 teammates and read about why they want to run 26.2 miles for Comfort Zone Camp!

Caitlin Fabrocini, from New Jersey

I have been a volunteer since 2012 and have run a few CZC Grief Relief 5ks but only recently have I thought about what “Grief Relief” means. I am running the New York City Marathon for Comfort Zone Camp because I know that CZC is actively working towards providing grief relief!

Grief Relief looks like connection, understanding, support, validation, encouragement, and community. At camp it looks like crying, laughing, playing, remembering, sharing, and listening… but that experience shouldn’t just be reserved for camp! Grief relief should feel accessible in our communities and CZC is making it possible by encouraging our campers to express themselves and develop coping skills to use out beyond the “bubble”.

At Comfort Zone Camp children 7-17, young adults 18-25, and parents/guardians experience grief relief in 1 weekend camp, 1 virtual camp day, or a series of support group meetings. CZC isn’t leaving anyone out! This kind of resource is invaluable and life changing. I know it changed my life as a volunteer.

The NYC Marathon is my own personal challenge, and I am grateful for the opportunity, but more so this is my chance to give back to Comfort Zone Camp. This highly regarded event is the perfect opportunity to spread awareness and raise funds for CZC! I can’t wait to raise enough money to send a couple kids to camp for FREE!

Aidan Bond, from New York City

I lost my cousin Jon when I was 14, and at the time I didn’t have the proper tools to fully process my loss, and to express my grief. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before I began volunteering at Comfort Zone Camp and was able to witness first-hand the power of CZC to provide a safe place for children to grieve, heal and grow.

Now it is nearly 10 years since Jon’s passing, and I find myself in a similar place in life to where he was; a twenty-something living in New York City trying to find their place in the world. Part of finding my place has included resuming volunteering with Comfort Zone Camp. As such I could not be more excited to have the privilege of running the 2022 New York City Marathon fundraising for Comfort Zone Camp in honor of my cousin Jon!

Casey Windmuller, from Washington DC

I run because of my dad – it started with him encouraging me to run track in high school, then became a form of self-care when he was sick, and after he passed, evolved into a way I could honor him. I’m fundrunning for him and all my little buddies.

Before CZC, I had always looked at my grief in a negative light. CZC and its community showed me how my grief could be my gift to the world. Taking on the NYC marathon, and raising awareness along the way, is one more way in which I can give back to CZC.

Kelly Merkel, from Virginia

I have always cared about CZC because our friend Tommy Love got us involved several years ago. Tommy suffered loss in his family and has been a huge part of Comfort Zone Camp and their mission. He has been friends with my husband for years and was in our wedding. CZC was important to him, so it became important to us.

This year, it is even closer to my heart because one of my best friends, Mary, died this year at 40 unexpectedly. She had two young kids under the age of 6. I want to raise money to support grieving children like her two children. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY so I can’t think of any better way to honor her then to run in her hometown in memory of her!

Lou Greco, from New York

I’m running the NYC Marathon with CZC’s Grief Relief Team because I believe deeply in their mission and I want to make it possible for more children to experience camp and help in their grief journey.


Do you already have a guaranteed entry?

You are still welcome to join us! For a reduced fundraising commitment, you can join our team, meet great people, and help support grieving children. Email Krista at kcollopy@comfortzonecamp.org to learn more.

Questions? Need Support?

Contact Regional Camp Director, Krista Collopy at kcollopy@comfortzonecamp.org or 201-632-3520.