Achilles NZ will be attending the New York City Marathon for the 25th time this weekend. It will be an awesome experience for all the new athletes attending and for those that have participated before it will be another chance to soak up the atmosphere of the world’s most prestigious marathon.
There is a tour party of over 30 going to New York to help guide or support the athletes and on behalf of parkrun New Zealand we send best wishes to all the athletes competing.
Have an incredible time!
One of the athletes competing for the very first time is John Langford from Invercargill, pictured above with his wife and family. John is a C5-6 Tetraplegic (paralysed), which was the result of a car accident at 18, which was twenty years ago now. His athletic history includes as he says,”An unlucky second at my High School Cross Country 21 years ago”, but he’s looking forward to adding the New York Marathon on to that! He believes the best part of being with Achilles is the support he gets from being in a team and acknowledges Greg Houkamau, the Invercargill Achilles leader and John Bowden of Achilles NZ.
John has a special quote, which obviously sums him up well – ‘You gotta keep on keepin’ on’ (Joe Dirt 2001)
Great quote for a marathon, all the best!
There are a number of parkrunners going over for this event as well, but unfortunately the closest parkrun to New York is the Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun (pictured above) It’s near Bridgewater approximately an hour away by car. http://www.parkrun.us/delawareandraritancanal/
They do however encourage parkrun tourists coming along from New York City by picking them up from two different train stations! Check out their Facebook page for details.
Wishing all parkrun participants a fantastic trip and all the very best for a brilliant day! Michael Jenkinson, Event Director of Western Springs parkrun will be running and we look forward to hearing how it goes from everyone. Good luck!
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