This post is a tribute to all of the members of the RBF who are heading to Staten Island early tomorrow morning to run across the bridge, through Brooklyn and Queens, into Manhatten, over to the Bronx and back to Manhatten to the finish line of the New York City Marathon in Central Park.
Our own, able bodied competitors such as Runner Susan, David and Out of Shape Guy will be joined by a population of less able bodied but no less brave or determined racers. I’d like to introduce you to a documentary about 2 such racers who competed in this event, against all odds.
The Long Road was funded and developed by The Armory Track Foundation in conjunction with the New York Road Runners and the Achilles Track Club, an organization dedicated to the athletic development of disabled people.
This documentary gives a peek into the lives and training of Ali Bergstrom who at the tender age of 28 developed arthritis and a degenerative bone disease, and Danial Trush who at the even more tender age of 12 suffered brain aneurysms, strokes and spent a year in a coma. His parents were told that he would never live a normal life. Both of these young people transcended their physical problems to train for the New York Marathon.
The Long Road has been released on this web site in four parts. I encourage you to watch them. You will be touched and inspired and moved. Because of various agreements between the producer and the organizations involved we don’t have video to embed in this post but I strongly encourage you to click on this image and watch the film