Be Bone Strong!

NOF is An Official Charity Partner of the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon

Be Bone Strong

NOF is excited to be named as an official charity partner of the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon. This world-renowned marathon will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 1. To commemorate this milestone year, NOF is recruiting five inspired, dedicated women over the age of 50 to join its Be Bone Strong team. The team is committed to showcasing the critical importance of bone health in active aging.

The 2020 TCS New York City Marathon provides a unique platform for our devoted runners to raise awareness and encourage others to prevent osteoporosis and broken bones by taking steps to promote strong bones for life. This is a cause near and dear to their hearts.

In the U.S., more than 2 million broken bones are caused by osteoporosis annually. Studies show that half of all women over the age of 50 (and 1 in 4 men) will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Our Be Bone Strong team will raise much-needed funds to help NOF improve patient care, support those who have broken bones due to osteoporosis and educate the public about this chronic but preventable disease.

Barbara Hannah Grufferman



As the Be Bone Strong Team Captain, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, 63, a nationally recognized advocate for positive living and an avid marathoner, will provide guidance and support to the five women selected to receive NOF’s official entries and welcome them to her hometown for the NYC race. Ms. Grufferman is also a NOF Trustee and Bone Health Ambassador.

Karen Goodell

Karen Goodell, 59, is the mother of three strong, young women (two of whom are also running in the 2020 NYC Marathon!) and a busy residential realtor. Karen enjoys lots of physical activities and joined the Be Bone Strong team to run in the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon (her second) to celebrate her 60th birthday (September 2020). In addition, she is committed to serving as a strong example of how physical fitness can help us all age better, while raising awareness of the importance of bone health for life. Karen, who lives in New York City with her husband of more than 30 years, plans to do most of her training running along the hilly running paths of Central Park!

Gail Woodham

Gail Woodham, 67, has been a runner her whole life, but didn’t begin long distance running until she was 52. She now completed eight full marathons and 10+ half marathons to date! She’s experienced the thrill of crossing the finish line in New York five times already and can’t wait to do it again in November. Gail knows that many women her age are not aware of the importance of getting a bone density test and need to make bone health a priority to stay independent and active. She’s happy to be an example of staying active while aging and encouraging others to do the same.

Adrienne Wald

Adrianne Wald, 64, a college professor of nursing in New York, looks forward to celebrating her 65th birthday as part of the Be Bone Strong team at the 50th NYC Marathon — 36 years after her first NYCM in 1984. An accomplished runner of a dozen marathons while in her 40s and 50s, she qualified for six Boston Marathons (3:41 PR at age 49) and ran five before a bad ski accident in her late 50s. As a result of the accident, she suffered multiple spinal fractures which led to a diagnosis of severe osteoporosis, followed by surgery and medication. Now after several years of medication, her osteoporosis is improving and she hopes to show others that continuing an active life is possible with treatment.

NOF is also very much looking forward to welcoming additional members to our Be Bone Strong team. If you have a guaranteed entry to the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon and would like to contribute to NOF’s fundraising efforts, we would be honored to have you! Please email Lisa Tumminello at lisa.tumminello@nof.org for more information.

Please visit our GoFundMe page to support our team members or to join our team: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/national-osteoporosis-foundation-2020-tcs-new-york-city-marathon.

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