EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
"You say the hill's too steep to climb
You say you'd like to see me try
You pick the place and I'll choose the time
And I'll climb
The hill in my own way
Just wait a while for the right day
And as I rise above the tree lines and the clouds
I look down, hearing the sound of the things you've said today."
- Fearless, Pink Floyd
To Family, Friends and Colleagues,
Sunday Nov 3... 8:00 pm... Sitting on a plane headed to Miami a few short hours after the race. My legs are shattered...hopefully I can walk unassisted off the jetway...we shall see....hahaha.
The marathon, what an experience. The weather was better than projected. Fortunately, the wind which was forecast to be heavy was a non-factor. The crowds were entertaining and hugely supportive. Coming off the 59th St. Bridge into Manhattan and finishing in Central Park, I can't describe the crowds and chorus of support greeting all the runners! I only wish down the homestretch in Central Park that I could have enjoyed it more. To say the last 3 miles was a test of will would be an understatement. I was tired and my legs were dead. At that point it was all in my head and my mind struggled to compensate for what my body wouldn't give me.
So how did I do....I'm pleased to say I beat my target of 4 hours and finished in 3:44:32. My colleague, Tom Bredahl, ran with me today and did fantastic too, finishing in 3:52:41. Well done, Tom!
To say I'm happy would be an understatement. I ran hard early and hung on at the end for dear life, just barely!! This has been a phenomenal experience. I achieved a personal goal and blew past my 4 hour objective.
We raised a lot of money for AmeriCares... 104K for 2012's cancelled run and 135K this year. THIS could not have been possible without the generous support from you. No one asked for their money back last year and many of you doubled down, after Sandy forced the cancellation of the event last year. I was a little reticent to go to the well again this year and ask for further support, but so many of you offered to donate again. Needless to say I am blown away by your generosity and I know AmeriCares is as well. We will keep the CrowdRise site open for another week for anyone still interested in contributing to AmeriCares.
I received words of encouragement and guidance from many of you. I am grateful to you for your blessings....your words carried me on race day.
I'm unsure if I will ever do this again. Sitting in this plane seat now I would say, are you freaking kidding me, no way! In a few months, who knows. Regardless if I do it or not I have you to thank for making this experience so special and rewarding. You have no idea how grateful I am.
ps...I made it off the plane without assistance. Tomorrow morning, is perhaps another story. One thing is certain, I will sleep well tonight.
To: Family, Friends and Colleagues,
Here we are again! In less than one month the NYC marathon will take place and I will finally get my chance to run. My aim last year before Sandy tragically struck the NY area was to complete the race in under 4 hours. I felt good about my chances then and you would think with an extra year of training under my belt I’d feel more confident about beating 4 hours now, but sadly, I don’t. Training has been challenging with too much business travel and this body, approaching 50 years old, is fighting me hard. Anyway, I am excited to run and will give it my best shot.
I want to thank everyone who supported my race effort last year with their generous donations and inspiring words of encouragement. Thanks to all of you, we raised 104k for Americares, a portion of which went directly to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. This year I am running again on behalf of Americares. If you are interested in supporting my race effort and this worthy charity, please contribute through the following link.
Thank you for your generous support.
AmeriCares wrote -
Team AmeriCares is running the 2013 ING New York City Marathon with a goal to raise $100,000 for deliveries of lifesaving medical and disaster aid to help people in crisis.
Historically, since 2010, for every $1 donated, we are able to deliver $20 in aid.This means that if we reach our fundraising goal, we can deliverup to $3 millionworth of humanitarian relief!
You can help
Let’s get more planes flying and trucks rolling to help people suffering in the wake of extreme poverty and disasters like the Oklahoma City tornado, Hurricane Sandy, the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, the conflicts in Syria and Sudan.
When disaster, poverty, or conflict causes human suffering, AmeriCares arrives on the scene with deliveries of crucial medicines and humanitarian aid. Since 1982, we’ve sent $11 billion in aid to 164 countries.
Find out more about AmeriCares here: www.americares.org