Haile (left) and me: Is it time to start running yet?
This'll be my fourth NYC marathon (others here
, and here
), and I'm just as crazily excited as ever. I found myself tearing up at this video
, hokey and bombastic though it is.
As you'll notice from the photos on the right, the greatest long-distance runner of all time, Haile Gebrselassie
will be running his first
New York City marathon. This will be the only way I'll be ahead of him; as indicated by the other photo—Haile's just much fleeter of foot. He's likely to cross the finish line in under 2 hrs 10 minutes.
One hour and twenty minutes later (!) I will cross the finish line (with any luck). I only made 3:36:47 last year, but somehow I feel I've got six minutes of speed in my legs this year. So, I'll be starting with the Orange group at 9:40 a.m. and shadowing the 3:30 pacer, who'll be carrying an orange balloon and a stick on which is printed 3:30! Subtle, eh? If you want to catch me stumbling by, go to the course map here
(PDF) and just multiply the mile number by 8 minutes and you'll get the time I'll be passing.
Here's the charity bit: First off, should you wish to help farm animals, please make a contribution to my man Jim Porcaro
, who's running the NYC marathon for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
. Secondly, should you wish to help the environment, please make a contribution
to the Green Belt Movement
, which is a grassroots organization that has planted 40 million trees throughout Kenya, and was begun by Lantern's inspirational guiding light, Wangari Maathai
. Thirdly, should you wish to support the struggle for human dignity, then please contribute
to a very worthy organization called Ubushobozi
, which helps women and girls in Rwanda learn skills and trades.
Thanks so much. I'll see you at the finishing or final line.