Why I'm Running...

What's motivating you to run in this event?!  Do you have an inspirational story to share that may positively impact someone?  Are you just running for the beer?  Whatever your story, we'd love to hear!
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(August 15, 2018)
Name:
K. Bean
Why I'm Running... :
In 2013, I decided I wanted to become a runner, and so I became one. It was as easy as that.


It was my senior year of college and I set my first real New Year’s Resolution: I would run a half marathon that year. I completed that first half marathon in April 2014, and as they say... the rest is history. Over the next three years, I caught the racing bug. I raced once a month for most of each year and eventually completed my first ultramarathon in 2017. After that, I was so proud to say that I had run every distance from 5K to 50K! I felt invincible, like I could run any distance of my choosing, so I made it my goal to run a 50 mile race and a 100K in 2018. I couldn’t get enough miles under my feet.

On October 13, 2017, I was driving to work like it was any other Friday. I was five miles into my 10-mile drive to work, with my boyfriend next to me in the passenger seat. Before I had time to react, an oncoming driver swerved onto her shoulder and then across the road into our lane. It happened so fast that I couldn’t even believe that it was real. My boyfriend and I survived what was almost a head-on collision: He was left with some bumps, pains, and gnarly bruises, but I was trapped in the car and sustained severe injuries. One heel was “crushed like a crouton,” in my surgeon’s words, and both of my legs were broken. It was, by far, the most terrifying thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. I’m so thankful for the first responders who removed us from our vehicle and took excellent care of us on the way to the hospital.

I was away from home for almost a month due to my injuries. I spent a week in the hospital, and then moved to an incredible inpatient rehabilitation hospital (thanks, Mary Free Bed!). I had to mend from major reparative surgeries while learning how to take care of myself. I learned how to get around in a wheelchair, with a walker, and then finally left for home on crutches. Nearly two months went by before I was able to walk on two legs for the first time.

My pleas to the paramedics who responded to our accident were mostly about saving my legs, because “I need them to run.” In the hospital, I cried over and over again at the idea that a major part of my life may have been stolen from me so quickly by a careless driver. I couldn’t come to terms with the fact that my body wouldn’t be able to do what it had done so easily before. All I could do was imagine crossing a finish line and be overcome by the fear that I may never experience that moment again. My surgeons did an
incredible job putting me back together, but they couldn’t promise me that I would ever be able to run again, let alone walk without pain. And yet, here I am—just 10 months later—preparing for the serendipitous occasion of a half marathon on the one year anniversary of our accident.

I will do whatever it takes to get to the end of this race—even if I have to walk, crawl, or be carried over the finish line. It feels like fate that the one-year anniversary of our accident lines up perfectly with the race distance I love the most. (This will be my 11th half marathon since I started running four years ago!) I moved to New York five months after the accident occurred, and I am also excited to run this half marathon in my favorite Catskills town, Livingston Manor. This is a huge milestone on my horizon and an experience
that I am really looking forward to. I’m running this race because I’m alive, I’m mobile, and I want to create a positive​ memory on October 13th. I can’t wait to see you all there!



(September 6, 2018)
Name:
J. Stout
Why I'm Running... :
I am running this half as a "tune-up" for my NYC Marathon on 11/4. I am running NYC to raise money for a great charity; LuMind RDS. LuMind provides support and resources to family's with a member with Down Syndrome. You can learn more about why I am tying to help their amazing cause here: www.crowdrise.com/jackjstout
(September 6, 2018)
Name:
J. Harrison
Why I'm Running... :
Dec 31 2009, 10:22 am on black ice I rolled a propane tanker. 16 broken bone and fractured pelvis crushed L4L5L6.7 month's of rehab. The PT told me not to waste this new Body so in my Fifties i started running. Started the Broke Down and Busted runners club. I run 40+ races a year at least 6 1/2 marathons 2 full marathons a year and any race I can get into. Now in my 60's I guess you can say I got the bug. I love the running community my fellow men and women and young runners. Raising money for great local causes. P.S. I Love Beer 
(September 7, 2018)
Name:
M. Harrison
Why I'm Running... :
I was never a runner..I always did a lot of walking, My daughter started running several years ago and convinced my husband, who had just been laid off after 24 years due to a company sell-out, to run with her. He started,at 57, to build up to a 5k. Now, at 62, he is an avid runner and marathoner. I didn't want to be a by-stander. I thought if he could train himself to run, so could I. At 58, I began an 8 week training program on my treadmill. At 63 now, I have run 2 half marathons, which I have really enjoyed. It's definitely a feeling of accomplishment, without the intensity and pressure of a 5k or 10k. Looking forward to my 3rd half at this local venue!