Team Lifeline, the marathon training program that raises money for children’s international health support network, Chai Lifeline, is raffling off 2o positions on its team for this year’s ING New York City Marathon — to occur on Nov. 7.  

But for this marathon team, the ability to run 26.2 miles just simply isn’t enough. Team Lifeline is asking that all contestants to submit video audition clips, explaining why they deserve one of these highly sought-after spots in the marathon.  The only guidelines are the following: “Video submissions must be two minutes or less and should convey why you, the runner, deserve a spot in the marathon. Be spontaneous, hilarious, serious or dramatic, but go the distance to win one of the highly coveted spots.”

They’re taking submissions here (or on the button above) through May 24 and will announced the winners by May 28. Apparently, the videos are then going to be posted for public view, to raise public awareness about Chai Lifeline and, hopefully, to cause some fun Internet embarrassment.

Cute idea, I think, and definitely for a good cause in the Jewish community. And besides, a good way to get into the marathon if you’ve been relentlessly trying to do so for the past few years!

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Sharon Udasin is a staff writer at The Jewish Week. Follow her on Twitter or e-mail her at [email protected].

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