Yesterday a record 47,107 participants set out to run the 2011 New York City Marathon. While there are probably thousands of inspiring stories from the race, here are three from the New York City Marathon that caught our eye!
3 Inspiring Stories from the New York City Marathon
1. Running to raise awareness and heal. Fifty-four-year-old Barbara Hannah Grufferman decided to run in the 2011 New York City Marathon last year after a friend died from pancreatic cancer at the young age of 48. To alleviate her grief and anger, Grufferman started running. After a few months, she signed up for the New York City Marathon, raising funds for and training with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Read her full story here.
2. A new world record. The 2011 New York City Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai won the race with a time of 2:03:38, which is a new world record. Heck, that's a good time for most people to run a half marathon! Many believe it's just a matter of time until professional runners break the 2-hour mark altogether. Wow!
3. Former drug addict runs marathon to heal. Running through the same neighborhoods that he self-destructed in, Rob Vassilarakis ran the New York City Marathon for the second time as a means to heal. A crystal meth addict for nearly 15 years, Vassilarakis thinks of running as a metaphor for life where he's running towards life challenges and facing them — not running away from them. Read his full story here.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.