Local business owner and Councilman Garrett Grier is gearing up to run the New York City Marathon next month to raise funds for cancer research. Born and raised in Milford, Garret has always taken opportunities to play an active role in supporting those in need, whether that cause is local or nationwide. As part of the team that carried the Special Olympics of Delaware torch through the City of Milford in past years, Garret has shown his commitment to raising awareness through the sport of running.
In November he will have the opportunity to participate in the New York City Marathon, running through all five New York boroughs, crossing 4 bridges and finishing in Central Park. The first New York City Marathon, which began in 1970, had just 127 runners and looped several times within Central Park. Since then the marathon has grown exponentially, including over 47,000 finishers in 2011.
“I always wanted to run a marathon,” commented Grier. “My body doesn’t feel like it’s getting any younger so I decided now was the time. I’ll be running to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer through raising funds for research.”
The money Garrett raises will go to lung cancer research specifically, in honor of his Aunt Rachel Grier-Reynolds who is currently battling lung cancer. Her battle with lung cancer has been reoccurring for the past four years.
Garrett has been training for the unique experience by running up and down Rehoboth Boulevard in Milford for the past several months. According to Grier, his self-made course from his home to his business, Duck In Car Wash, is approximately 8 miles long. He decided to run the New York City Marathon in January and began his training in April of this year.
“I have been consistently running 10 to 20 miles at a time to get in shape for the marathon,” commented Grier. “I would like to finish the New York City Marathon in 4 hours.”
To date, Garret has raised $2,005 of his $3,500 goal and continues to raise funds from friends, family and the local community. Money raised by Grier will support the work done at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s premiere cancer research institutions. The team that he is running with, Fred’s Team, has raised over $46 million for cancer research since 1995.
“The most important thing about this run is raising money for cancer research in honor of my Aunt Rachel,” commented Grier. “Everyone has someone that has been affected by cancer.”
Donations to support Garret and his mission to raise funds for cancer research can be made by visiting the Fred’s Team website at http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR/FredsTeamEvents/Freds_Team?px=2055309&pg=personal&fr_id=1730. Garrett will be running the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4.