I don't recall exactly when I learned about the Achilles organization, but I do remember who enlightened me. It was my wonderful friend Jennifer Lagrotteria (then Mahran) who explained that there are people who don't just tackle a marathon, but do so in service of others.
I was floored.
Achilles volunteers don't run 26.2 miles hoping for sub 4:00 finishes or even a personal best. They run - and jog, and walk - so that an athlete with challenges can participate. It's inspiring, year after year.
I love marathon day in New York.
And then there are the costumes.
And the music. No Sleep til Brooklyn was popular along Bedford.