BENEFITING: WINIFRED MASTERSON BURKE MEDICAL RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: RUN 4
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
After being tired of being a little too heavy (50 pounds overweight), I started going to the gym back in 2008. I learned that the fastest way I could lose weight in the time limit I had in the mornings before taking my 3 kids to school and getting to work on time was running. At the time, I could only run 1 minute, walk 1 minute, and usually only for 20 minutes. And then it progressed.
In 2009, I did my first triathlon. At that time, I couldn't even swim 50 yards free style, nor run the entire 3.1 mile run. I didn't even know what a race chip was or a transition area. I swam my first race in breast and side strokes, just to make it through the swim. When I crossed that finish line at the Mossman Triathlon in Norwalk in July 2009, I was amazed that they knew who I was as I crossed the finish they announced my name, "Karen Murray, from Mamaroneck." That was it, I caught the bug. I took group swim lessons from Laura Tiege at the Rye YMCA to learn endurance swim, and then continued to do sprint triathlons, until I started to run longer distances.
I did my first run race, a 10K in my hometown, Northport, NY in October 2010. I stuck with the 10K distance until, my first half marathon in May 2012. Thanks to some NewRo Runners (the guilty parties know who they are), my local run group, I joined them at my first marathon in October 2012. After that marathon, I thought there was no way I was going to attempt to complete another marathon, but I was wrong!
Since October 2012, I have completed 13 half marathons, 14 marathons, one 50 Mile Ultra and one 12 hour Ultra event (completing 48.45 miles) in less than 2 years. I became passionate about running for many reasons. One of which was inspiring others that they can complete whatever they set their minds to do, and second, fundraising for various events for Challenged Athletes, Lungevity in memory of my father, I lost in December 2012, American Cancer Society in memory of my Aunt Joyce, I lost in February 2013, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of my dear Uncle Joe (June 2013). has made it feel even more special to me to be able to run for a reason!
I first became acquainted with Run4Brad at the NYRR Scotland 10K run. I continued to be inspired by the strength and perseverance of Brad and Jessica, so I also participated in their fundraiser at the Burlington, Vermont Marathon, and then was in complete awe with chills when I saw Brad’s determination to fight for the life he once had when he walked the North Avenue Mile in New Rochelle in June 2014.
I continue to be inspired by the sheer determination of Brad and Jessica, and want to continue their quest to raise money for the Robotics Clinic at the Burke Rehab Center. Raising awareness of how important robotics plays in the rehab of people with brain and spinal cord injuries, is a noble goal. So not only will I be running the NYC 2014 Marathon as part of the Run4Brad Team, I will also be completing 5 marathons in 5 days in September 2014 in support of the Run 4 Brad team.
Thanks for your support!