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Meet our 2019 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon Team: Alison Reilly

On March 17, 2019, more than 20,000 people will be running the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon. Fifteen of them will be running with the NY Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund on Team Answer the Call. They are running to raise funds and awareness for the families of fallen FDNY, NYPD, and…

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Meet our 2019 Half Marathon Team: Will Dawson

William Dawson started running in high school as a means of exercise, and now he’s once again running the NYC Half Marathon for the second time since 2016. This year he’ll be running alongside his fiance, who is also a member of our half marathon team, Katie. William attributes his love of running to the…

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Meet our 2019 Half Marathon Team: Heidi Moody

Heidi Moody’s sister is a crime analyst for the NYPD and this year they’re running together for the NYC Half Marathon. Although she’s run the half marathon once before, this time around is different due to the weather. Heidi explains, “The struggle this winter is the weather fluctuation and the threat of black ice –…

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Meet our 2019 Half Marathon Team: John Holl

John Holl comes from a family full of police officers – his father, uncles and all his cousins are on the force – so when the opportunity arose for him to run this year’s NYC Half Marathon for Answer the Call, he knew he had to get involved. While he wouldn’t necessarily call himself a…

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Meet our 2019 Half Marathon Team: Mike Reed

Michael Reed spends most of his spare time running. When he started, he would run accompanied by the sound of music – that is until he injured himself in the process. Now, Michael sees music as a distraction from his real focus – running. Michael ran competitively for the first time, two years ago, in…

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Meet our 2019 Half Marathon Team: Katie Knowlton

Katie Knowlton might not be a runner by trade, but when she does run it’s with the purest of intentions. Katie’s first and only other half marathon was two years ago where she ran for another non-profit organization. Before running her previous half marathon she had never run more than three miles in her life….

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We Promise to Never Forget NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen

We join all of New York City in mourning the loss of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen. Detective Simonsen made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on Tuesday, February 12 while protecting our city. As a 19 year NYPD veteran, Detective Simonsen’s dedication to the NYPD and commitment to our city was exemplary. _____ We send our sincere condolences to…

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Meet our 2018 Marathon Team: Owen McCrudden

Owen’s father, Owen McCrudden Sr., first got him interested in running. He started bringing Owen on runs when he was only four years old. Owen’s father had run over 50 marathons and was an extremely dedicated runner. He was also an FDNY Chief in the South Bronx and a Captain in Harlem. Unfortunately, Owen McCrudden Sr….

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Meet our Junior Committee: Jessica Nolan

How long have you been involved with NY Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund and how did you get involved? – I have been involved for about 10 years now and I got involved because my dad, John Nolan, is a board member. What made you want to get involved with Answer the…

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Meet our 2018 Marathon Team: Pierce Leonard

“Wow, I am about to run a marathon!” exclaims Pierce Leonard.   Pierce has always been an athlete, but running is a new habit he has gotten into. He loves the challenge running has to offer, both mentally and physically. He has found it very therapeutic for himself, a time to start or end the…

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Meet our 2018 Marathon Team: Phil Monday

As a Utah resident, Phil is definitely the member of Team Answer the Call who is traveling the farthest this November!  However, Phil won’t be traveling or running alone! His brother Patrick will be running alongside him… or at least until one of the brothers take the lead. They both love a little friendly competition! …

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Meet our 2018 Marathon Team: Kathryn Rasweiler

Kathryn is a second generation New York City Marathon runner. Her father gave her the inspiration to run the NYC marathon because he had done it back in the 70’s. He is a retired FDNY Battalion SOC Chief. Her mother is an EMS Captain and her boyfriend is an NYPD officer. Kathryn is no stranger…

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