Sure, he’s an ESPN correspondent and an athletic guy who played a lot of sports growing up, but when it comes to running, Will Reeve, the son of Christopher and Dana Reeve, was never very enthusiastic. But that hasn’t stopped him from entering the New York City Marathon this Sunday, to raise money for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
His personal goal is to raise $35.000 for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the organization founded by his parents, of which he is a board member. The charity provides support for those with spinal cord injuries and raises funds for medical research. Christopher, together with his wife raised millions of dollars though the foundation, investing heavily in stem-cell research.
Christopher Reeve became a disabled-rights activist after he was paralyzed in an accident while he was riding a horse in 1995. Will was just 3 years old. After that the “Superman” suffered a massive heart attack and died in 2004 when at age 52. That happened when Will was 12. On the other hand, his wife Dana succumbed to lung cancer at age 44.
For the New York, he stated: “Everything I do I try to honor my parents Legacy. I want to keep their names alive”
Will is a part of a “Team Reeve” a group of some 50 runners, including, some of Reeve’s friends and his girlfriend. His goal is to run the marathon in an acceptable time like 4 hours and 15 minutes, but he also want to reach the finish line.
The training started in May, with his professional running coach Mark Zenobia The exercise plan included 3 to 6 mile runs during the week and a long run on Saturdays. Fridays were days for rest. Reeve lives in Soho, so he runs along the Wes Side Highway and in Central Park. His longest run was 20 miles. He also was doing weights lifts, cross-trains, and some days spin class and yoga.
Will also was eating healthy, like whole foods, whole grains and fresh meats from. His favorite meal was chicken. But ones in a while he enjoys crabs like spaghetti with prosciutto in Basta Pasta, restaurant near Union Square.
After the race, he plans to meet with his friends and to drink a glass of beer, or maybe two.
He finished the in interview for the New York Post, with an emotional speech about his parents. He said: “They’re an inspiration, a model of love and commitment and determination. And they tried to instill those values in me and I try to uphold their values every day. I see them as that but I also see them as just Mom and Dad. Their legacy informs everything that I do because I want to make them proud and I also want to honor our family name and carry the Reeve name and legacy into the future.”