Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mahoney, Pesky, others finish NYC Marathon

: 26.2-miler Sunday in the Big Apple


     Wood River Valley resident Carrie Mahoney was one of 50,000 runners and walkers finishing Sunday’s 43rd ING New York City Marathon through the five boroughs.

     Mahoney, 37, the mother of two, completed her first-ever 26.2-mile marathon in 4.20:23—placing 24,276th overall, 6,644th among women and 1,125th in her age class.

     She ran to raise funds for the Lee Pesky Learning Center (LPLC) based in Hailey, Ketchum, Boise and Caldwell. The center supports direct services to children with learning disabilities.

     Mahoney explained on the LPLC Web site, “I’ve been training for the past eight months for the NYC marathon…It is my first ever and I am also running to help raise funds for Lee Pesky Learning Center.

     “I was raised by a mother deeply involved in all aspects of special education, as a teacher, consultant and author. I am the mother of two amazing children and my youngest, five-year-old Henry was recently diagnosed with autism.

     “I also work directly with Wendy and Alan Pesky, founders of Lee Pesky Learning Center, which works tirelessly every day to help children who struggle with learning disabilities. It also helps parents, teachers, schools and our communities understand the problems children with special needs are confronted with.

     “The work they do is like training for a marathon—it takes support especially from family members, dedication, determination, and the drive to put one foot in front of the other. In honor of the children, families and educators who need these services, I've been training tirelessly for the 26.2 miles I’ll run in New York.”

     As of Monday, the LPLC said on its Web site that it had raised nearly $18,000 toward its “Running for Learning” fundraiser goal of $26,200.

     LPLC Executive Director Evelyn Johnson of Boise and LPLC founder Alan Pesky of Ketchum also finished Sunday’s New York City Marathon—staged one year after the 2012 event was canceled by Hurricane Sandy.

     Johnson, 44, broke the four-hour mark in 3.53:08 for 467th place in her age class, and 2,475th among women. Pesky, 79, finished 37th in his age class and 50,001st overall in 7.43:17—17 minutes per mile.

     Among the 39 Idaho finishers from Sunday’s marathon were Wood River Valley runners Cortney Vandenburgh, 36, and Jennifer Schwartz, 43.

     Vandenburgh (3.41:05) finished 245th in her class, 1,300th among women and 7,955th overall. Schwartz (3.47:54) was 355th in her class, 1,889th among women and 10,259th overall.




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