NEW YORK, NY -- On Sunday, over 40,000 people from across the globe will be taking part in the New York City Marathon. We'll be profiling several Westchester runners in the days leading up to the big race.
Among those running from Westchester is Brooke Farrington of Rye. Farrington, 39, is a Rye High School graduate and is running for Fred's Team, a cancer charity named for New York City Marathon founder Fred Lebow. last year she ran the race for Tuesday's Children, charity for children who lost parents in the Sept. 11 attacks.
"As I was doing more running with the New York Road Runners Club (the race's sponsor) I started learning a lot about Fred Lebow and since I was spending so much time in Central Park and having such a wonderful experience with the Road Runners I thought it would be a nice tribute to him to run for his cause and of course Sloan-Kettering, which is a fabulous cause in and of itself."
Farrington said she started running in 2005 in order to fit into a bridesmaid dress for friend's wedding. Since then she has run eight marathons including the Boston and Newport [Rhode Island] Marathons. She that she loves the social benefits of being with other runners as well as the health benefits of the running lifestyle.
"I'm not a typical runner - I'm a bit larger, I'm tall," Farrington said. "I run to keep my weight in check. And for me, I like the fact that I know that I have the endurance and I know that if you set your mind to it, your body will follow along. With the proper training I really feel that if anyone wants to do a marathon and they train properly, they can do it. I'm a perfect example of that."
Farrington said those running their first marathon this weekend should enjoy the moment and take in all the sights and sounds and enjoy their accomplishment.
"Fred Lebow said 'The miracle isn't the fact that I finished, it's the fact that I had the courage to start,' and just taking that on for themselves and putting their toes on the starting line to run 26 miles is a long way to go."
Readers can contribute to Farrington's Fred's Team fundraising here.