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This morning, at 9:30 a.m., I had the great good fortune to meet up with Zoe Koplowitz, as she approached mile 24 of her 21st NYC Marathon – on purple day-glo crutches, 27 hours after the start of the race.
She, and a team of Guardian Angels who acompany her as she keeps her pace of approximately one mile per hour, were on course to finish her race in just under 29 hours.
She told me she felt “fine,” and we talked about her dog, as Benny – clearly recognizing a great soul – bowed before her (his best trick.) I told her she was a great inspiration to me personally, and, I am certain, to everyone else who knows her story.
Kolpowitz, who lives in Manhattan, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis more than 30 years ago at age 25. She was not well enough to do last year’s marathon, so I was thrilled to see her smiling as she came toward me and Benny.
Here’s what Zoe Koplowitz says about the marathon:

  • “I am sending a message to everyone that you don’t need to win the race to be a winner in life.”
  • “”The marathon is really only a metaphor for life.”
  • ” “Everybody faces marathons each day whether it be looking after kids, parents or at work – it is about finishing what you have started.”

Photo: B.L. Ochman