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The ING New York City Marathon
My favorite day of the year in New York City is, with a doubt, the day of the the ING New York City Marathon.
Athletes gather from around the world, wearing their countries' colors and filling NY's sporting goods stores and pasta-serving restaurants. The excitement builds in the days before as Central Park fills as the runners warm up and become familiar with the turf.
This year, organizers have announced that $26.2 million is expected to be raised for charities around the world. That's a million dollars a mile! 7,400 runners (1 in 6) are running to benefit 100 charitable organizations. However, charity comes in many forms and I want to give a special shout-out to my daughter Julie, an experienced marathoner, who will be participating tomorrow as an "achillies guide." Julie will guide a blind runner through the streets of NY for the 26.2 miles. Check out this amazing organization, Achillies International, that enables individuals with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics.
No doubt, even though Julie will provide the "eyes" for her companion runner, he will show Julie how this incredible event is viewed through his eyes! Good luck to Julie and the 43,000 runners in this years' NYC Marathon!
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