2023 TCS NYC Marathon: The paths of two journalists unite for a good cause

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Friday, November 3, 2023, 4:18 a.m

The paths of two journalists unite for a good cause

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.

They run to to collect donations for the Asian American Journalists Association – a group that gives them a voice and allows them to belong.

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.

Discover more coverage of the 2023 TCS NYC Marathon here and tune in to Channel 7 starting at 7 a.m. Sunday for coverage of the race.


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James Brien

James Brien is a WSTNewsPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. James Brien joined WSTNewsPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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