Dream run at iconic New York City marathon

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

RUN­NING: While Biggen­den slept at the week­end, Stephanie Whi­taker was pound­ing the streets of New York par­tic­i­pat­ing in its an­nual marathon.

Whi­taker wrote about her ex­pe­ri­ence run­ning in the iconic event on her Face­book page.

She said the weather could not get in the way of a great run.

“NYC put in a great day, de­spite the driz­zly rain,” Whi­taker said.

The Bos­ton Marathon at­tacks and the cur­rent cli­mate in New York were not far from her mind, but she was im­pressed by the amount of se­cu­rity and gen­eral pos­i­tiv­ity of the event.

“(The) marathon was tough enough and I have to ad­mit the risk of an at­tack was in my mind,” she said.

“So much se­cu­rity to keep us safe and the crowds were amaz­ing.”

Whi­taker said run­ning through the world-fa­mous streets of New York was at times sur­real.

“I swear I ran down Sesame Street – the neigh­bour­hood’s like the show,” she said.

The run was at times gru­elling but not enough to get the bet­ter of Whi­taker, a sea­soned long-dis­tance run­ner.

“It was tough enough, with plenty of grad­ual climbs and bridges, but I got it done,” she said.

“Thank you ev­ery­one for your sup­port and well wishes. I felt the love all the way.”

PHOTO: STEPHANIE WHI­TAKER

START LINE: Stephanie Whi­taker takes a selfie be­fore start­ing the New York marathon in the early hours of Sun­day.

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