NBC Connecticut is partnering with the Today Show for the Run for Today campaign, highlighting the health benefits of running.
May 1 will be our March of Dimes Run for Babies, and it comes just few days after we mark the 100 days to the Summer Olympics in Rio countdown.
In advance of the summer games, NBC Connecticut went to NBC Sports in Stamford to see how they are preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics. NBC Sports anchor Carolyn Manno not only hosts several NBC Sports shows and will be headed to cover the games in Rio, she is also an avid runner.
She will be participating in the Run for Today.
"We thought what better way to get in shape for the games and get active and get ready for the summer and everything that we have in store then to join up with the Today Show the More/Shape half marathon" says Manno.
This will be Carolyn’s second half marathon. Her family celebrated her mom’s 60th birthday this past November by running the Rock and Roll half marathon in Brooklyn.
"It was something that our family did together the energy was so good it was so positive and after that I was hooked," Manno said. "It's really fun to just start your day this way you know break a sweat and you know get a bit of energy it helps me with my work it helps me with my relationships with my friends and family. It's just a blast."
And with the Summer Olympics just a few months away, it's go-time at NBC Sports.
"When it hits 100 days, you know, it's full speed ahead and they're really right around the corner"
This won't be Carolyn’s first trip to the Olympics. She first started her NBC Olympic sports coverage in London in 2012.
"It was honestly one of the best professional experiences of my life,” Manno said. “Sochi was so fun to get into that winning dynamic. I covered freestyle skiing and that was a blast and I'm going to continue that role in Rio and I'm so excited to go down there in the summer hit the beach and tell all these amazing passionate stories that only Olympics can provide."
NBC Connecticut wants you to join us at our March of Dimes Run for Babies on May 1. To join the NBC Connecticut team, click here.