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There is something about running that just gets in your blood. Once that running bug has been caught, the urge to run becomes a constant calling. For many, running is life-changing. Not only is it a great cardio workout, it takes a fairly intense level of concentration where running is the singular focus. In short, if you can make yourself run, you can make yourself do just about anything.
The members of Mizuno Team Inspire NYC know this to be true and Mizuno has stepped up to help five New Yorkers who they see as an inspiration to us all. Each member of the team knows just how powerful and life-changing running can be and Mizuno has provided the team with marathon entry fees, running shoes and apparel to enhance their running journeys.
Meet the team:
As a recovering alcoholic, Carley uses running to help inspire her to stay sober. She successfully completed a 12-step program and has remained sober more than three years. As a therapeutic release, Carley now participates in “Back on My Feet” running events (an organization providing programs and support for the homeless). Carley is training for her first marathon.
Susana truly embodies everything Team Inspire NYC stands for: dedication, grit and inspiration. She is a member of the Runstreet Club and is not only running for herself, but is running in honor of her late father who passed away from pancreatic cancer. She started her journey three years ago, at a time when she could barely walk or run, and in desperate need to lose weight. Today, she has lost nearly 35 pounds and has overcome numerous minor injuries. The past three years, and all the trials and tribulations, come down to her desire to complete her first marathon.
This year’s marathon will be Leo’s fifth. He has also competed in triathlons and a 70.3 half iron at Rev3 Maine. After that event, Leo decided that completing another race faster or longer did not interest him anymore; he needed a better purpose, a less self-serving purpose. Since then, he has set his heart on helping others discover the benefits of running and staying active. This year, Leo is running the marathon for “Team for Kids,” a national organization for youth programs.
Doug is one of Leo’s protégés; he is training for this year’s marathon under the direction of Leo. This is Doug’s first marathon and he and Leo have been training together. Doug is also running for “Team for Kids.”
Kovon is dedicated to spread the message and mission of a healthy brotherhood. He is the captain of the Black Men Run chapter, which boasts more than 380 members, and joined the club to get into shape following a stroke. Flowers will lead 20 chapter members running in the marathon, all of whom have overcome a medical ailment (bad knees, respiratory problems, heart failures). Black Men Run and Kovon are a source of support and inspiration to many runners.
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