John Marinan has always been a very active person and interested in sports. He has also always been a runner, but it was just last year when he started running competitively. With the goal of running six majors over the next six years, he is very excited to be running the New York City Marathon in November.
Being from a long line of police officers in his family, John has always known of Answer the Call. When making the decision to run in the marathon he knew that he wanted to run for charity, and knowing the impact that Answer the Call has, his decision to run on team Answer the Call was an easy one. John recognizes that our first responders are giving up so much for us on a daily basis, and he would have wanted to donate to Answer the Call regardless of the being a team member or not.
John has been very engaged in the training process and has been working out every day. His approach has included interval training, long runs on weekends, and training at equinox where he works closely with trainers. Although finding the time to train is always a challenge, he is motivated by the great cause that he is supporting. He acknowledges that our first responders are making sacrifices for us every day, and that giving back shouldn’t be too much to ask for when their families are in need.
To all of the first responders John says, “Thank you for your selflessness, and willingness to always be there.” He hopes that through running on Team Answer the Call he will be able to raise funds to express his gratitude and raise awareness about the mission of Answer the Call. To all of the families that have lost a loved one serving as a first responder, John thanks them for their sacrifices and wants to reassure them that there is a network of support who are always standing behind them and who will never forget the sacrifice of them and their loved one.
This interview was conducted by Rosie Oates, 2020 Spring Development Intern