2008-11-21 / Columnists

Erin On The Rox

By Erin Baumann

On November 2, Brian Baumann ran the New York City marathon for the first time. He finished the race in 3 hours, 42 minutes and 14 seconds after the 9:40 a.m. start.

Brian started running while attending Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn. He ran track while he attended the school, running in meets all over New York City. After high school he set a personal goal to run the New York City marathon after he turned eighteen.

As soon as he turned eighteen in December of 2006, he signed up for the New York Road Runners Club and in 2007 started running the nine races needed in order to qualify for the New York City Marathon. The first was on Super Bowl Sunday in February 2007 on a bitterly cold day in Central Park. Over 5,000 runners came out to run as it was the first qualifying run of the year and Brian was one of them. After running in Central Park, Prospect Park and in the Rotary Runs over the next couple of years, he officially entered the New York City Marathon this year. It was not until after Labor Day that Brian found out he would have a 9:40 start the day of the race. His past race times qualified him for the early start. The day of the race our family and friends watched him in Park Slope, Brooklyn before heading off to Manhattan to catch him at the end of the race, while I watched him on First Avenue in the city and met up with the rest of our crew at the finish line. It was an amazing day for all of us and we are so proud of Brian for finishing so well. As for Brian, he is already back to racing and running around the Rockaways and can't wait to run the marathon again.

Please email me if you want me to continue the column… Take care, Erin

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