Running for a little over three years, Kate Morley, the daughter of a firefighter, has completed numerous 5k, 10k and 15k races and is practically always in training. She has completed three half marathons and this will be her first marathon. Training has been going well for her and she is focused on just finishing and enjoying the whole experience.
For Kate, the marathon is a bucket list experience so every aspect of it has been exciting but the most exciting has been the crowds and the people along the sides of the routes. Having been on the spectator side she knows how fun it gets cheering on the runners. She thinks of herself as the ‘crazy runner’ who says thank you to police officers and volunteers and high fives the spectators. Her biggest challenge for preparing has been reminding herself to slow down and to remember that it’s a marathon and not a sprint.
When asked if she had any advice for the friends and family of first responders that have gone through something similar she said, “Your grief is your grief, but know you are not alone, and it helps to talk with others that have lost their loved ones. Having and being part of a support network to just listen and be there is invaluable.”
Kate also says thank you to the first responders for all that they have done to make her feel secure and safe in these very unstable times.
“Thank you for working for the greater good in the face of harm to yourself. You continually renew my good faith in people and make me very proud to live in New York, and even prouder to be a firefighter’s daughter.”
We are looking to forward to having Kate run for Answer the Call, representing the family of heroes, and representing her dad. We are very proud to have Kate on our team, and wish her the very best of luck!
This interview was conducted by Sarah Pinhasov, Fall 2017 Development Intern, and has been edited for readability.