With the New York City Marathon right around the corner (Sunday, November 1 is race day), runners are not only preparing for this arduous task, but are looking to raise some money while attempting the mission.
My friend Jonathan Rohl, who ran in his first Triathlon in Lake Placid in July with fellow marathoner Matt Long, will be hosting a Happy Hour tomorrow night, from 7-10, in a Manhattan bar called Metro 53, on 2nd Avenue and 53rd Street, to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Boomer Esiason [former American football quarterback and current network commentator] will make an appearance at the pub, but if you can't make it in, and you'd still like to donate to CF, you can do so by going to Jonathan's page at www.firstgiving.com/jonathanrohl.
John McWilliams, my old Wall Street buddy, is also running and he has chosen to run for the North Shore Animal League Team, so they may continue to help pets that have been forgotten. To donate to John and this wonderful cause use www.Active.com.
Neal Gorman, my golf buddy and a chairman of the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Red Cross, is running in the NYC Marathon and using Twitter to raise funds for the Red Cross. That's right, Twitter. If you are on Twitter, go to www.nealgormanmobile.blogspot.com and complete the form.
Matt Long, the most inspirational human on the globe, has a foundation called I Will. It is dedicated to motivating people who have suffered a life-altering illness or traumatic injury through training and financial support. Matt is a proud member of the FDNY, an athlete and a survivor. After being hit by a bus and critically injured in 2005, and not given much of a chance to ever walk again, Matt is back and running. His perseverance along with his high level of fitness is the reason he is running in this year's Marathon again. To make a donation to I Will, email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.