Celebrity chef Richard Blais to run New York City Marathon for global education

October 31, 2017 - 9:03 am

(NEW YORK) -- Celebrity chef Richard Blais is set to take part in the New York City Marathon for a fifth time on Sunday, November 5.

Running has been transformative for Blais. He has lost sixty pounds since he began and learned how to eat and train properly for long distance races.

This year, he is partnering with a non-profit that is looking to transform education. Blais is running on behalf of Room to Read, a New York-based non-profit with a focus on low-income countries that works towards literary and gender equality in education.

Blais tells ABC News:

"Running for Room to Read is just amazing because not every kid gets a great ticket in the lottery of life, and creating awareness for Room to Read and helping children obtain the resources... to get something that we might take for granted is pretty amazing. It also helps to know that when you're at mile 24 that you're running on behalf of millions of children potentially. It helps to have that responsibility on your shoulders when you're tired at the end of a marathon."

He adds that being a father of two young daughters has made him more aware of the struggles many children face in getting a quality education. He has always used the marathon as a tool to work with organizations like Room to Read, and hopes to help teachers and schools obtain necessary resources to improve education for students.

Blais won Bravo's Top Chef All-Stars and is a successful author, having published his second book, So Good: 100 Recipes From My Kitchen To Yours in May 2017. He also has a podcast, Starving for Attention with Richard Blais, where he brings listeners inside the world of food.

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