Mission Accomplished! Sunday I completed the 2015 NYC Marathon with a time of 3:50:41. This was a personal record for myself by more than 10 minutes! Even more exciting, we have raised almost $15,000 to benefit the CdLS Foundation! I am in debt to all of you for your amazing generosity. This is money that will be put directly to use providing resources and support for those diagnosed with CdLS and their families. Dane is dancing circles around our house!
The race was amazing! I have never been to anything like it. Over 50,000 people ran this year. I started with a bus ride to the start village at 5:30am. I then passed time keeping warn, meeting other marathoners, and making new friends until 9am when I was allowed to enter my start corral. At around 10:15 we shuffled to the starting line at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on the Staten Island side. Once it began, I crossed the bridge into Brooklyn, Queens, Manahattan, The Bronx, and back in to Manhattan for the finish in Central Park. It is always an emotional time crossing the finish after 26.2 miles of asphalt. I looked to my right as I finished and saw another runner put his face in his hands and burst into tears of joy and pain. Later that night, I took down a giant hamburger and another plate of chicken wings to replace a few of the calories expended. It was altogether an amazing experience that I will never forget.
Once again, I am so grateful to all of you for your support through the entire process. Your emails of encouragement and donations made the process well worth it all. If you still wish to donate to my fundraiser, it is not to late to do so. Please visit my crowdrise site at https://www.crowdrise.com/
At the moment I do not have plans to run another marathon, but I have not ruled it out. For any of you considering it, I highly recommend it. The runner’s high does not get any better than crossing that finish line.
Thank you and happy running!
Dr. Dominick Curalli