When Tony and Sharon Curl line up with 50,000 other runners at Staten Island, New York on Sunday November 4, it will be the culmination of a 12-month journey transforming them from non-runners to runners attempting their first marathon. The New York Marathon attracts many of the world’s elite and amateurs alike, with Tony and Sharon taking their place among the estimated 1000 Australians lining up. Their journey started when Sharon challenged Tony, the Vice President of the Redland City Chamber of Commerce, and together they set the race as an objective for them to achieve.
Over the 12 months, the pair have clocked over 2,000km each, including some major milestones. In July they completed the first ever half-marathon on the Gold Coast, followed by a further two in the months that followed.
The New York Marathon, along with Boston, Chicago, Berlin and London forms one of the Big Five World Marathons and winds its way from the Verrazano Bridge in Staten Island to Central Park, Manhattan through the five boroughs of New York.
As well as the milestones, they have overcome painful injuries and now head down the final stretch of the journey. Tony and Sharon are excited by the challenge and cannot wait to soak in the atmosphere of the race. Millions of New Yorkers line the streets to cheer the runners on, a veritable 42km street party. But the biggest thing they are looking forward to, is finishing. “It’s amazing what you can achieve, when you’re set a challenge” Tony says. “Without getting ahead of ourselves, only 0.5% of the population are estimated to have ever complete a marathon, and we are committed to joining that select few.”
Tony and Sharon have taken the opportunity of their run in the New York Marathon, to raise funds for Carters Cause, a non-profit organisation supporting the great work Heartkids Australia does for the families born with congenital heart disease. Donations are welcomed at https://www.gofundme.com/nycmarathon-for-carter.