We are delighted to be an Official Charity Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon in 2024. This is the third year of our partnership with New York Road Runners. To date, Team AAJA has raised more than $60,000 to advance the mission of AAJA.

As part of being a charity partner, we are accepting applications for guaranteed entry into the marathon to run on Team AAJA. Runners on Team AAJA support the mission of advancing diversity in newsrooms and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color.

Apply to run on Team AAJA using the form below. The application will remain open as long as there are open spots on the team. The deadline to apply is April 14, 2024. For questions, please email svp@aaja.org.


Why Join Team AAJA?

Running on Team AAJA is to support our organization’s mission of advancing diversity in newsrooms and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color. Since 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry, working towards the visibility and inclusion of AAPI journalists in newsroom leadership, and towards equitable and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and AAPI issues. For more, see our strategic priorities.

Who Should Apply For Team AAJA?

Anyone who supports our mission and has a goal to run the TCS New York City Marathon this November. We review every application and encourage both AAJA members and non-members to apply.

What Will Fundraising Go Towards?

Team AAJA’s fundraising efforts will go directly towards advancing our mission through supporting our programs, scholarships, events and other resources for our members and our communities at-large. 

What Can I Expect On Team AAJA?

We are a small team, and we do our best to support every runner on Team AAJA. You can expect an approachable team environment where we will work together to train and fundraise ahead of the big race. There will also be opportunities to engage with the greater AAJA community, both locally and nationally.

Additionally, runners can expect the following:

    • Personalized coaching from a professional run coach on the team
    • Access to a professional fundraiser to help you reach your goal
    • Team AAJA branded New York City Marathon jacket
    • Developed skills for fundraising and marketing

How does my running pace affect my application?

We welcome runners of all speeds and experiences. Your running pace does not impact your eligibility or the selection process for joining Team AAJA. We prioritize enthusiasm, commitment to our cause, and fundraising capabilities over athletic performance.

What Is The Fundraising Goal For Each Runner?

The fundraising goal for each runner on Team AAJA is $3,000. There is also an outreach goal along with the fundraising amount. We will start our fundraising campaign in the Spring and will continue up until race day.

When is the TCS New York City Marathon?

The TCS New York City Marathon will start the morning of Nov. 3, 2024 in Staten Island before routing through the remaining boroughs with a roaring and picturesque finish in Manhattan’s Central Park.

When Do I Need To Submit My Application?

Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until April 14, 2024 at 11:59pm ET or until the team is filled. If the form below is active, we are still accepting applications. Once the team is filled, there will be an opportunity to be added onto a waitlist.