1st New York City Marathon
Despite the postponement of the New York City Marathon, Team Mission United runner Alex is committed to supporting struggling members of his community. In lieu of competing this November, Alex will be participating in the New York Road Runners’ Run for the Medal, a virtual marathon, all while continuing his fundraising efforts for those impacted by COVID-19 as well as veterans.
Alex joined Team Mission United after witnessing his father and brother as previous team members. However, his real motivation was prompted by watching those around him suffer at the onset of the health crisis. The effects of COVID-19 have permeated into various aspects of Alex’s home and work life, but he remains grateful for the circumstances of his situation.
“I can’t complain. Running has helped me stay busy these past months - it helps pass the time. It’s been therapeutic. But other people have sacrificed much more. We’re surrounded by people whose lives have been upturned due to the pandemic.”
In addition, Alex is raising awareness for the challenges veterans face, especially having relatives who served in the military. “Running a marathon is the least I can do for the sacrifices they’ve made. Thank you to all the veterans for everything you’ve done.”
Alex feels that “running for Team Mission United is a cherry on top of running long-distance…everyone is so willing to help. It catches on.”
Alex's words of motivation for fellow Long Islanders:
“When it gets difficult, try to appreciate the things you have.”
“No matter how tough it gets, try to find the positive in something.”