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First time marathoner goes big with NYC Marathon in November

When she participates in the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 1, it will be a first for Rachael Carlson – first marathon, and first attempt at fundraising for the PKD Foundation.

“I’ve done a few half marathons but this is my first full marathon,” says Rachael, 32, who lives in Anchorage, Ala., where she works as a nephrology nurse practitioner. “I manage the care of patients with kidney disease, and I see the implications of PKD nearly every day. We do everything we can to protect their kidney function and help prepare them for dialysis or transplantation if needed.”

As a runner, Rachael was searching for a personal challenge that could be directed to a good cause. “I was researching runs, and my sister lives in New York, so when I learned about Team PKD I decided it was a perfect fit.”

Rachael agrees that not enough people understand what PKD is. “I think a lot of people know about kidney disease, but they aren’t as familiar with PKD. It’s one of those diseases that clusters into families because it’s genetic.” She hopes her participation in the TCS New York City Marathon will elevate awareness for PKD.

Talk about “go big or go home.” The TCS New York City Marathon is the biggest, most prestigious marathon in the world, with more than 50,000 runners. Rachael’s undaunted, though. “I’m using the marathon’s training schedule, and I’m making progress,” she says. “Sometimes it hurts, and it’s a lot of time, effort, tears and sweat. But it’s worth it.”

Each year, the team of 15 runners in the TCS New York City Marathon raises more than $75,000 for the mission of the PKD Foundation. As of today Rachael has raised $4,131. Learn more about Team PKD’s progress at and cheer them on with #RunforPKD.

About the Run for PKD
In 2009, Run for PKD was born as a way for athletes to compete to end polycystic kidney disease. The program has helped fund critical programs of research, advocacy, education, support and awareness in support of our vision that one day no one will suffer the full effects of PKD.

As a Run for PKD participant, you have the opportunity to fight for a cure in a wide range of athletic events – from those in your local community to some of the most premier races in the county. Throughout your training you’ll meet other athletes with a passion to end PKD. And, you’ll be supported by the PKD Foundation with great incentives, fundraising tips and more.

Run for PKD participants have their choice of the Marathon Series, Half Marathon Series and Your Local Race.


  1. Mary says:

    Thank you Rachael! We appreciate you running the run for PKD!

  2. Marcia Barnes says:

    It’s an awesome goal. Think they mean Anchorage, AK though.

  3. Lori Kennedy says:

    Rachael is one of the best>>> NO DOUBT!! I work with her and love her dearly!!
    GO RACHAEL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. PaigeyPaige Myers says:

    Thanks for running for us, I appreciate you. 💚

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