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Tips and Tricks for Running the NYC Marathon

Posted on June 1, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Inside Lane: Spotlight on Patrick Powers

Our 10 Team Catholic Charities runners are gearing up for the big day, the TCS New York City Marathon scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2016.

They’ll be racing through all five boroughs. They’ll be running more than 26 miles. And they’ll be surrounded by tens of thousands of fellow runners in what is called the largest marathon in the world.

How do they do it?

During the next five months we’ll share with you their tips and training advice. And we’ll also share why they’re running for Team Catholic Charities.

Today, as our inaugural TCS NYC Marathon 2016 blog post, let’s here from Patrick Powers.

By Patrick Powers

I am running the 2016 New York Marathon with my 29-year-old son, John. He received his ticket via the lottery - I did not.  Being 65 and training with a fit 29 year old was not a very smart idea! However, wanting to run, I contacted Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York to see if they would accept me into their program, and they did so, graciously.

Here is what makes this opportunity so exciting for me: I am Vice Governor General of a nearly 30,000-member Catholic organization called the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. It is a papal order of chivalry (knighthood). Google it if interested in its history and what they do for the Church.

One of the Order's largest lieutenancies (chapters) is based in New York and has almost 2,700 members. I thought that if I could get some of them interested in contributing to Catholic Charities of New York through my participation in the marathon, it would be fun and would benefit a very worthy cause. After all, Catholic Charities is the Archbishop's (Cardinal Dolan) flagship charity. The Cardinal is the spiritual leader of our Order in New York and does so very much to support us.  Together we can thank him for all of his support by raising some money for the good works Catholic Charities does in his name.

I personally donated the required fundraising amount, so that is out of the way and no one is helping me to cover my obligation.  Any donations made by others are simply to help an outstanding Catholic charity.

I ran the New York Marathon in 2008 and it was a terrific experience for me.  Actually, one of the highlights was attending Mass at 5 PM on Saturday night (right before the race on Sunday) at St. Patrick's Cathedral.  Msgr. Ritchie (the rector at St. Patrick’s Cathedral) invited all of the runners to come up on the altar and receive a special blessing. Wow! What a powerful and holy moment!  He will do it again this year and I strongly encourage every runner to attend. It is an unforgettable experience. 

Lastly, my dear wife, Deborah, is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, and a graduate of Brooklyn College.  That makes me a New Yorker by marriage - and I am proud to be one! I dedicate this race to her.  Love you, Hon!

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