WILTON, Conn. Ann Margaret Mannix hit the New York lottery on her first try. Instead of monetary riches, however, the Wilton mother of four gets the joyful experience of managing her way through the five boroughs with nearly 40,000 other runners in the Nov. 6 New York City Marathon.
"Its always been in the back of my mind," Mannix said. "I thought Ill throw my application in and get the process started. I was surprised I got in. I took it as a sign that I should do it."
The New York City marathon will be Mannixs first 26.2-mile race. She is a long-time runner but only recently considered the marathon. Its nice to have something to focus on, Mannix said. I also lost my father a few years ago. His passing inspired me to do it.
Mannixs running experience includes a half marathon and the Ragnar Relay in May, when she joined a team that took turns running from New Haven to Boston. She trained for the race by herself. Its been a great experience, she said. Its definitely a lot, but Ive been able to do it. By the time I got the 20-mile mark in training, I mentally figured if I can get through this I can get through a marathon.
Part of the charm of New York for Mannix is that she used to live there. She also attended business school at New York University. The diversity and the different neighborhoods make it appealing, Mannix said. Im looking forward to the crowds, the cheering and all of the other runners. People say its an experience like no other.
With four boys in school, Mannix has been able to find training time during the week. Weekends are reserved for children's activities and family time. Her sons and husband have been supportive. She would like to finish around four hours, and if conditions are right, could approach the qualifying time for the Boston Marathon.
Its my first one, and I dont want to put pressure on myself with time, she said. Theres always that unknown with a marathon. There are so many variables. Im going to withhold judgment about doing another one. Ill have to see how the experience is.
To find stories on other runners from Main Street Connect communities running in the New York City Marathon, visit our websites in other Fairfield County towns.
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