Hi everyone, my name is Patrick DeRoy. I'm a 23 year old graduate student at UMass Amherst studying Electrical Engineering with a focus on electromagnetics and microwave engineering.
I enjoy running and playing sports, watching my favorite teams, music, playing drums, spending time with my family and friends and my girlfriend Ashley.
Running is one of my favorite pastimes. I love the feeling of accomplishment and the challenge of training for races, always trying to run your best time and improve while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I ran track and cross country in high school, but then the busy life of a college student took over. I didn't run as much for a few years, but recently in the past year and a half I picked it back up and I've now run a few half marathons and my first marathon this past February in Hyannis, MA. It was very cold and very difficult but I finished and I'm happy to say I'm now one of those people with the 26.2 bumper sticker on my car!
Thanks to my friend Tanya, I was given the opportunity to join Randall's Island Park Alliance (RIPA) and fundraise for them this year and I'm now signed up for my 2nd marathon, the ING NYC Marathon! I knew after Hyannis that I would run more marathons, but I had no idea I'd be able to have the chance to run in one of the biggest marathons in the world. I can't believe I've been given this opportunity so soon in my lifetime and I'm so happy to be doing it for such a great cause! Randall's Island Park is an amazing place and the RIPA organization does so much for New York City and its children. The work they do to maintain the park and all of the other locations they sustain is incredible. They work to provide a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy whether its through sports, cultural events or environmental exploration.
Please help me achieve my fundraising goal and support RIPA! Any donation is greatly appreciated and extremely helpful! Let's keep this wonderful organization going and make sure the environments they have created are even greater for the future. Thanks so much!
RIPA website: http://randallsisland.org/
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