2 November 2015
New York Diaries — Pt. 2
What an incredible feeling it was to be standing on a Brooklyn footpath on a cloudy Sunday morning, hearts racing with the anticipation of seeing our runners fly past the eight mile mark of the 2015 New York City Marathon.
It was Tim beaming in his race wheelchair whose face registered with us as spectators first; then the formidable Ricky pushing him along, surrounded by Ash, Kip, Luttsy and Lofty who were all keeping a cracking pace. Being cheered on by their loved ones and our passionate little support crew seemed to give them a welcome boost, and within a few seconds they were already out of sight, ready to tackle the rest of this challenging 42km course.
Over 50,000 runners moving through all five boroughs of New York City is an amazing thing to experience. The sheer mental and physical determination needed to get over the finish line, etched across every individual’s face, was inspiring in its purest sense.
It was a fantastic experience to be amongst the energy of the heaving crowd, waving signs and flags, trying to spot our guys again along the course, and calling out encouragement to other runners. Many had their first names scrawled across their shirts, and the crowd would cheer for every person.
The majority of the Youngcare team came across the finish line in an awesome time of five hours and 13 minutes. And to watch them proudly wear their shirts emblazoned with the Youngcare logo, knowing the awareness they’re helping raise for young Aussies with high care needs, was extraordinarily special.
Tim crossing the finish line with Ash, Kip, Lofty and Ricky.
Tim running through Central Park with the entire Youngcare marathon team.
The Youngcare support crew cheer on the runners!
Tim post race with Youngcare board member Peter Hudson (KPMG) and Allan Ford (Arrow Energy). Peter and Allan also completed the marathon, raising significant funds for Youngcare in the process.