Location: New York, NY
Date: November 8, 2014
Participants: Cristina Cortes
After 4 years of not running long distance, this year I came back to the New York City Marathon. As usual, it was a perfect- the city of NY dresses up for the event, the runners and spectators are filled with positive energy; and the sun came out (the wind too, he didn’t want to stay behind). The difference this year, from the previous was that I ran and lived the marathon from a different perspective. I had the privilege to accompany and guide a disabled athlete from Ecuador and also, I shared the experience with a co-guide, an Ecuadorian gentleman, experienced marathoner and also dealing with special athletes. Betty, the athlete, never lost sight of the final objective and she successfully ended the marathon, happy, waving, and smiling and mostly she finished right on the time she had planned. I am very proud of her and grateful that Achilles International Foundation chose me to race in this event with Betty.
This was my first race as a guide but not the last. I look forward to many more to come. Sometimes is worth the effort of stepping out of our comfort zone and routine to get in someone else's shoes. I once read – A life not lived for others is not a life (Mother Teresa.)