August 16, 2009 - New York City Half Marathon
I ran the New York City Half Marathon on August 16 as part of my preparation for the marathon on November 1. The MMRF was kind enough to give me an entry number for this race as a way to kick-start my fundraising for the full marathon. I finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 35 seconds. It was a hot and humid day. This was my first real race.
November 1, 2009 - ING New York City Marathon
I participated in the 2009 New York City Marathon on November 1, 2009 on behalf of the MMRF. My friend Assistant Chief Frank Cronin, who has multiple myeloma, was kind enough to film his testimonial and talk about living with the disease and how MMRF's efforts have helped him. Thanks to him, and the generosity of my friends, family and associates, we were able to help raise more than $100,000 for MMRF.
February 1, 2011 – Year 1: Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by the MMRF
Impressed by the impact of the MMRF Endurance Events program, I "invested" in the MMRF via this program, offering to underwrite a 3-year title sponsorship package that would allow the MMRF to field a team of 100 runners inside this world famous event and raise funds for their charity. I encouraged my wife, Rebecca, as well as several of my colleagues at S.A.C and other firms to join in as well, and by race day the 100 runners had raised $325,000 for the MMRF. I finished the 1576 steps up 86 flights in 20 minutes and 49 seconds.
February 8, 2012 – Year 2: Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by the MMRF
Vested in the MMRF and now this race, I ran again in 2012, again in the company of many of my colleagues and friends. This year the Corporate Run-Up Challenge, where teams of 3 race for the fastest team and the team who raises the most funds – got very heated, and the event raised an impressive $565,000 with 100 runners. This year my time was slower, 24:02, but I was pleased how much we had raised.
February 6, 2013
Year 3 will see the field of participants for the MMRF grow to 125. I won't be on the starting line as I am recovering from a broken ankle, but I will be there to see my friends cross the finish line and celebrate the fact that in 3 years we have raised over $1.4 million.