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Carnegie Hall in the NYC Marathon: Miguel and Daniel's Story

Over the next few weeks, we will profile members of Carnegie Hall's team who are taking part in the Community Charity Program of the ING New York City Marathon, and turn the spotlight on the people and communites their efforts support.

Daniel and Miguel

For 20 years, native Ecuadorian Miguel Pesantez has been a lobby attendant at Carnegie Hall. During that time, he has encountered thousands of people from all backgrounds and walks of life—from inquiring tourists to celebrities like Emanuel Ax, Michael Jackson, and Lady Gaga.

A five-time New York City marathoner, Miguel is running for Daniel, a lifelong Manhattan resident and recent graduate of Urban Assembly Media High School. A participant in Carnegie Hall's 2009–2010 Cultural Exchange Mexico program, Daniel took part in a workshop with jazz artist Miguel Zenón, composed his own piece, created a video, and co-hosted interactive concerts in Zankel Hall. As a student ambassador in the program, Daniel learned that cultural diversity is "awesome."

Miguel was Daniel's age when he arrived in this country in 1978 and, like Daniel, believes strongly that one should learn something new every day. Miguel is running for Daniel because he believes that through Carnegie Hall, both of them have learned how much there is to be gained from meeting people of different cultures and how one's own life can be enriched by the experience.

Support our New York City Marathon team and read more about Miguel and Daniel on Carnegie Hall's crowdrise page ›.