Just three months to go until the Big Day – the TCS NYC Marathon 2015!
But just what inspires someone to take on this grueling 26-mile run?
Each of our 12 Team Catholic Charities NYC Marathon runners has a different answer.
Today, let’s here from Team Catholic Charities Member Mark Murphy and find out what inspires him.
I am running the NYC Marathon and raising money for Catholic Charities New York. I want to combine my interest in running to maintain some modicum of physical fitness with my desire to support an organization that helps those in need.
I was initially prompted to run the marathon because I turned 50 this year, and my physical well-being came sharply into focus on this milestone birthday. More importantly, I chose Catholic Charities because, even though I have been a life-long Catholic, I only recently had a meaningful conversion resulting in a renewed commitment to my Faith.
I have been given so many blessings throughout my life for which I am most grateful, and I want to take this opportunity (together with Team Catholic Charities) to return a small portion of God’s kindness to people in need.
I am running in memory of my parents, John and Doris Murphy, who were my first teachers of the Faith. I am proud to have the support of many friends and family members including my wife, Laurianne and my daughter, Haley.