Marathon Madness!

So the old saying goes, ‘all roads lead to Rome!’ But in the new millennium, a number of people have rephrased the statement to “All roads lead to America”! I’m not entirely sure if I agree with this statement but America is exactly where my next challenge takes me. I plan to conquer one of the worlds ‘Greatest road race’s’ – The New York City Marathon!

November 4th, 09h00 my brother Mark and I, will take up the challenge of completing the 26.2 mile Marathon, all in support of The Domino Foundation’s Babies’ Home.

What it’s all about

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ING NYC Marathon Map Thanks to ING and NYC Road Runners. Click to enlarge!

“The race attracts many world-class professional athletes for the chance to excel in the media capital of the world. As any one of the past participants will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one of the greatest thrills of a lifetime” – ING NYC Marathon quotes

I’ll be crossing the finish line after 26.2 miles (that’s 42.195 km), after weaving my way through the boroughs of New York City to complete this gruelling challenge. With over 130 bands performing along the course, 2 million cheering New Yorkers, and the increased international media attention, it really is one of the biggest national ‘street parties’ around.

With a mere 127 runners, the 1st marathon kicked off in the fall of 1970. Now in 2012, the challenge has expanded to incorporate over 100 000 runners from across the globe and covers 5 of NYC’s boroughs, finishing in the magnificent Central Park.

The 42km Journey

With the whistle blowing at 09h00, our mission begins on Staten Island. Crossing the Verazono-Narrows Bridge we then enter into Brooklyn where the next couple of km’s pass through several neighbourhoods before reaching the half way mark at Pulaski Bridge. We then enter into Queens before crossing into the legendary borough of Manhattan. Passing through Bronx and Harlem, we head onto Central Park, with about 1.6 km to go. With thousands of cheering spectators and fans, we will push on through the park to reach our final destination near the Tavern on the Green. Sounds easy enough right?

Ready to take on the World

So my brother Mark and I will be tackling this feat in just a few weeks time. Mark loves to run; he has already taken part in a number of marathons very similar to this one. I on the other hand, have never taken part in a road race before, so this will be my 1st ever Marathon. I have been putting my body through a mean workout in preparation for the NYC Marathon, but I’ll keep you updated through my social media channels about my training progress (click here). If you don’t already follow me, you better get on it by liking me on Facebook and following me on twitter. I am definitely looking forward to this race, I feel confident that I’ll be ready to take on this challenge; again I’ll be running in support of all abandoned babies in KZN, through my Charity – The Domino Foundation. The NYC Marathon stands out on my bucket list as it is one of the greatest marathon road races in the world. It requires dedication, discipline and determination and I am thoroughly looking forward to ticking this one off!

Keep the support coming and follow my progress online! Details on my Facebook page!

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My ultimate goal – the finish line of the ING NYC Marathon – Photo Thanks to ING NYC Marathon

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