To the best of my knowledge there are only three ways to get into the New York City Marathon: 1) qualify on the basis of time; 2) enter the lottery for a spot; and 3) be sponsored by a charitable organization on the strength of your willingness to help raise funds. No. 1 is out because it presupposes not only that I’m fast enough but also that I would be able to run an extra marathon just to get to the big dance. No. 2 the lottery is out because, well just because it’s a L O T T E R Y!
“And the winner is (drum roll) No. 3” I’m thrilled to announce that I’m at the top of the list for the Pat Tillman Foundation Team Tillman for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. As an Arizona resident and a huge football fan, I am very familiar with the Pat Tillman story. Like many local runners, I’ve participated in Pat’s Run several times. Please click the suggested links to learn more about Pat and the wonderful organization that is dedicated to continuing his legacy. I’m sure you will agree that I will be in very good company. I hope I can live up to the honor.