Friday, November 3, 2023, 4:18 a.m
NEW YORK (WABC) – Nicole Dungca, a Washington native originally from the Bay Area, is a seasoned and experienced journalist.
Helena Cheng, originally from China, is a young aspiring journalist.
However, their paths collided in Hudson River Park, sandwiched between the hum of city traffic and a calm Hudson River in the shadow of the Manhattan skyline.
Training together for the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, you could say they have different expectations.
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“I want to finish it within five and a half hours,” Cheng tells Eyewitness News.
“I run to survive,” says Dungca. “I’m running to finish.”
Although their goals may be different, their motivation and purpose are the same.
Dungca is the national president of the organization.
“The Asian American Journalists Association was founded in 1981 by a group of Asian American journalists who felt they had no voice in the industry,” explains Dungca. “So we’re continuing that tradition and helping pave the way.”
“I applied for the Jane Park Awards this year, and the funds helped me attend the AAJA conference this year,” says Cheng. “It’s a really good opportunity to expand your contacts and feel supported.”
Last year, the nonprofit organization ran the marathon for charity for the first time. They raised $40,000.
Look out for them again this year as you stomp around the five boroughs on Sundays every dollar and every step counts.
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