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You're Invited! Join a MOCA NYC Marathon Team Information Session | Tuesday, May 10

 Museum of Chinese in America




Have never run a marathon before? Did not get accepted from the non-guaranteed entry drawing in March 2022? Don't be afraid. Run with MOCA!

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) cordially invites you to attend an Information Session via Zoom on Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT to learn more about MOCA's 2022 TCS New York City Marathon Team.

Register here.

During this session, Yue Ma, Director of Collections and Research and Team MOCA Marathoner, who ran the Boston Marathon in mid-April, will share her running stories and training experiences. We will also discuss more details regarding runner fundraising commitment and suggest tips about how to raise awareness on the tireless efforts and significant achievements Asian Americans have made especially during these unprecedented times of the pandemic and the recent surge in hate crimes against the AAPI communities.

Most importantly, we will articulate what it means to run for MOCA to help secure and build a permanent home for the Chinese American narrative in New York City!

If you're ready to join Team MOCA as an official charity runner, SIGN UP now since spots are limited and allocated on a first come, first reserve basis.

In the above photograph taken by Emile Bocian from the MOCA collections, Kenny Moore of Oregon crossed the finish line of the 1979 NYC Marathon; placing 51st out of 10,455 runners with an official time of 2:25:13.

Why Run with MOCA?

“A journey of a thousand miles may not be achieved without accumulation of every single step, just as the enormous ocean may not be formed without gathering every small brook.” —Xunzi, Exhortation to Learning



Designed by world-renowned architect Maya Lin in partnership with leading museum design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the new national Museum of Chinese in America will be a home for all. The expanded MOCA will serve as a hub that integrates the past, present, and future aspirations of the Chinese American journey. Read Bloomberg's exclusive unveiling of the design here.

Museum of Chinese in America Exterior Rendering - Lafayette Street Night - Maya Lin Studio © 2022

MOCA’s stories help broaden the American narrative. MOCA showcases the best of American resilience in the face of impossible odds. We share the challenges and triumphs in the face of discrimination, hatred, and violence—elements we see too often today. Through it all, we acknowledge the complicated and layered journeys in our pasts—ones we have probably yet to fully process.

We are at a crucial junction not just for the Museum, but also for the Asian American community. MOCA acknowledges that the genesis of much of the discrimination toward AAPI communities started over 200 years ago in the period prior to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882—it is not just this moment.

Now is the time for MOCA to establish a permanent home. Now is the time to evolve into a Museum of Conscience. And now is the time to boldly stake our place in the American narrative. Together, we can rise to the challenge and safeguard the stories, legacies, and experiences of this vital part of American history.

Visibility matters. When you join Team MOCA, you'll be claiming a coveted guaranteed entry into the 2022 NYC Marathon and participating in one of the world's largest marathons and one of the city’s most iconic annual sporting events, attracting the sport’s top professional athletes and runners of all ages and abilities from around the world. It will return at full capacity with 50,000 runners this year for the first time since 2019. More than 84,000 applications were received for the non-guaranteed entry drawing in March 2022, and an estimated 12 percent of them were accepted.

If you may have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact We look forward to running with you to cross the finish line at the NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 6!





Join 2022 MOCA NYC Marathon Team and commit a fundraising minimum of $3,000* to receive the following charity runner benefits:

One Guaranteed Entry to the 2022 NYC Marathon

Initial Charity Fee of $575 covered by MOCA. Kindly note NYRR updated their policy in 2022 to require all charity runners to cover their own race registration fee – $255 for NYRR members, $295 for non-members and $358 for non-U.S. residents

• One New Balance x MOCA Signature Racing Top ($50 value)

• Complimentary NYRR Coaching Lab by Runcoach for 2022 TCS New York City Marathon ($115 value)—a personalized training app that provides you with a customized training plan, a dedicated coach for one-on-one guidance, and advice from NYRR coaches for insider training tips

Access to Charity-Only Cheer Zone, Upper East Side for friends and families

Personalized fundraiser page on haku, NYRR's preferred full-service fundraising platform for charity runners

Invitation to MOCA Marathon Pre-Race Festival including Carb-loading Meal and Shakeout Run (tentatively scheduled) on Saturday, November 5, 2022, 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. ($50 value)

Special invitations to MOCA signature events throughout 2022: Top 10 Fundraisers will be invited to MOCA Annual Legacy Awards Gala in 2023 ($1,000 value)

*NYRR requires that all official charity partners implement a fundraising minimum of $3,000 per runner.


NYRR's Notes on Registration

The race will operate under n guidelines. As part of these guidelines, all runners must be able to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to participate. Read more about NYRR's COVID-19 vaccination policy. Please stay up to date on the latest news and guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and your local and national authorities. The health and safety of our runners and staff remain a priority for NYRR. All NYRR staff will be practicing social distancing and wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).





Selected runners of MOCA SPIKE 150 team at the New York City Marathon, Sunday, November 3, 2019.


In 2019, MOCA launched a year-long initiative "MOCA Spike 150 - Running Forward With Our Stories," rallying 1,500+ runners across the country to collectively run 150,000+ miles and telling 150+ stories in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Sprawling across five boroughs until final steps in Central Park, MOCA official charity team of 20 runners with additional 21 ambassadors crossed the finish line at the TCS NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 3, 2019