For people all over the world, New York is more than just a city, it’s an idea. It stands for work, opportunity, freedom, acceptance. “Give me your tired, your poor, your ambitious, your determined…” It’s a place where anything is possible and everything is within reach; a place where new ideas, opportunities, interests, lie around every corner waiting to be discovered.
My first trip to New York City was in 2005, fresh out of college and well before running a marathon was ever on my radar. I remember running a loop around Central Park, it was so grand it made me feel small and insignificant, but also gave me a feeling that something special could happen there.
On November 2nd the New York Road Runners will again set the ultimate marathon stage. They’ve built the field, crafted the course, and created the hype. All eyes will be on TCS New York City Marathon and — for one morning — every runner lining up will feel significant in the big city.
It will be 9 years since my first time running in Central Park. I can’t wait to enter at mile 23 and face the big park with it’s daunting hills when the marathon is at it’s toughest. When it gets tough, as it always does, I know I’ll be able to embrace my own New York attitude — where hard work, ambition, and determination are rewarded and remind myself that anything is possible here. No matter what happens, New York is about opportunity and I’m excited for my chance to run tough, run strong, and run happy in NYC.
Good luck in New York, Desi!