Lady Gaga has a team running in NYC Marathon

Kemberly Richardson explains how it all ties in with Lady Gaga's foundation.
October 24, 2013 3:03:08 PM PDT
Lady Gaga may not be running ING New York City Marathon, but she's inspiring others to.

It's all to help a cause near and dear to the singer's heart.

"Hi everybody, this is Lady Gaga. Hello to all my runners in the New York City Marathon," said Lady Gaga, singer, and for the "Born This Way Foundation".

That's right the woman known for pushing the envelope will be routing on a certain group of runners November 3rd, and Josh is one of them.

"The offer couldn't have come at a better time," said Josh Zitomer, of "Team Born This Way".

The offer to run with nine others in the ING New York City Marathon with "Team Born This Way", named after Stefani's, AKA Lady Gaga's, foundation which provides support for young people ages 15 to 25.

"That is such a pivotal moment in who somebody is about to become, but yet we don't have resources for them to develop into somebody that is braver, kinder, and stronger," Zitomer said.

The foundation launched in 2011.

"To be able to help youth in a really positive way and do that alongside my daughter has been a very, very, rewarding experience for me," said Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga's mother.

From the family restaurant, Lady Gaga's mother told Eyewitness News that being there race day makes perfect sense since, like the foundation, the marathon also celebrates and supports diversity, something near and dear to Lady Gaga.

"She went through a lot of struggles in youth which makes her a great ambassador for this organization because they identify with the things that she went through," Germanotta said.

19-year-old Annemarie is part of the foundation's youth advisory board.

"I get kids who say it did save their lives and they found hope knowing there are other people out there like them," said Annemarie Haubert, of the "Born This Way Foundation".

"Give it everything you've got, we will be singing the edge of your glory before the finish line, applause for you," Lady Gaga said.