Thousands of people are signing up to run in the Catholic Health Services’ 2nd Annual Suffolk County Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K on October. 29. From people participating to meet health goals to teams of veterans running in honor of their colleagues, all have inspiring stories to tell about why they’re running in the Catholic Health Services’ 3rd Annual Suffolk County Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Run on October 29.
To share your marathon story with us, email Pam Robinson at Pam.Robinson@SuffolkCountyNY.Gov.
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2017 Faces Of The Race
Amanda Leigh Strong
East Patchogue, NY
I am running this Half Marathon for health, well-ness , fitness, and to see my friends! I never liked running as a child, felt like it was a chore, something I had to complete. As soon as I ran my first 5k, which was The Liz Kelly ,Run for the Sun, it certainly changed the way I see things today, a different perspective!
Bay Shore, NY
I started running sophomore year of college to lose the weight I had gained freshman year. I started to get into a rhythm with my breathing and suddenly, running didn't seem like a chore but rather part of my routine. I participated in my first half marathon in 2013 and didn't do much training but the feeling of crossing that finish line was unbelievable--the sense of accomplishment was overwhelming. After that, I participated in three more half marathons before signing up for a full marathon and began legitimately training. I had run 18 miles on one run and then got peroneal tendinitis a week before my marathon and was devastated. I then signed up for the Catholic Health Services Suffolk County Marathon as motivation to get better and complete a marathon. This marathon is close to family and home which I think will help keep me motivated and in the end, succeed. I am also running this for my grandpa, Papa as he was an avid runner. He will be at the race as well as the rest of my family cheering me on!
I am currently signed up for the Half Marathon in Suffolk as well as all of the other Veteran series races in 2017. My reason for running this race is simple: it supports Vets and brings community together to celebrate a great cause. I have been running since I enlisted in the Marine Corps back in 1992. I continue to do so to stay healthy and active and participate in about 30-40 events per year. As an active supporter of the military, their families and those who paid the ultimate price for their service, I run this race for you.
I had started running (and losing weight) just 6 months before my breast cancer diagnosis in November 2014. I kept running during my treatments because running was the one thing I could control. I even ran a 10k the day before my 30th radiation treatment. Exactly 1 year and 1 day from the diagnosis, I ran my first half marathon and was hooked. I’ve set a goal to run a half marathon in every state. I grew up in Kings Park and though I moved away 15 years ago, LI will always be “home” to me. When I saw there was a race right in Suffolk County, and it benefited a great cause, I knew I had to come home to run it. Having my stepfather, Jim Kelly, who is a veteran, there to cheer me on will be an added bit incentive for me.
East Patchogue, NY
I live in East Patchogue and I love my community I try and support the local merchants as much as possible and go to all the events. Last year I did the 5k; this year I am doing the full marathon. It will be my second one (last year I did the Air Force Marathon) . I am running this for my love of running. I generally do runs to support all kinds of causes but this race is a bit extra special due to the fact I am an active duty veteran and it’s in my town.
North Bergen, NY
I ran a race in Suffolk County last year and enjoyed the area; I wanted to explore other races and other communities. I have been a runner all my life. When I was in graduate school, I wasn't able to run as much as I wanted. After I finished school, I started running again. In the past I have run for Team in Training (Leukemia Lymphoma Society) and Autism Speaks. My dad was and my niece currently is in the military (Army), so veteran services are important, especially for veterans who are dealing with the long-term psychological effects of military service.
The 2017 Suffolk County Marathon will be my 14th full marathon. I am excited to run this marathon as the race start and finish are in my hometown of Patchogue.
South Huntington, NY
I started running 5 years ago because I was overweight and getting older. I knew I needed to do something since I was no longer skating on a roller derby team and that was my only physical activity. So I started signing up for a 5k run/walk just about every weekend and that progressed to 10ks, then half marathons and marathons. I have now run in over 310 races since I started. I run as part of Team Chris and with them I feel like I am using my running not only to better myself but to help our troops and veterans with the efforts put forth by Team Chris.
I’m running the Suffolk marathon for the first time because I want to support veterans. I served in the U.S. during the Korean War.
I have run 5k and 10k and my next goal was to do a half marathon. Since I turned 55 this year I thought it was time.