Mike Schnaidt


Running keeps my mind on track. Mental health issues, of all shapes and sizes, have run through my family. Yes, I too, experience anxiety and depression. But, each morning, by quickly moving one foot in front of another, things change. Left, right, left, right, as I sprint forward, I activate a cheat code to my mind. I convert negative energy into positive energy. All those worries and woes that once haunted me are left in my wake, and I’m a new man. Running the New York City Marathon for NAMI-NYC threads together the power of running with the urgency of mental health. I’m raising money for an important organization that brings access to mental health care and support, and that cause is going to propel me towards the finish line.