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Marathon Effort in New York
Taking on a marathon is a huge commitment, and often comes with a story behind it.
When Beach Hut owner Tony Cederwall set his sights on the New York marathon recently,
he was on a mission to run as a memorial to a late friend who was tragically killed in the US city. Here Tony shares his experience with Channel readers...
Channel Magazine: What inspired you to sign up for the NY Marathon?
Tony Cederwall: Louise and Grant Schofield were talking to me about setting a goal and Louise mentioned the Marathon. Both of them helped me to plan both the food side and a training plan to prepare me for the race. My motivation for the race was to run in memory of my mate Jeremy Clarke who passed away in a tragic helicopter crash in New York in 2009. Jeremy was a ‘Shore boy’ and was a very talented sportsman who was a Rosmini College old boy. He moved to the States and became a successful Helicopter pilot flying scenic tours and celebrities around Los Angeles and then New York City.
CM: Was this your first marathon?
TC: This was my first Marathon. Before New York I had only run one half marathon in Taupo. It was a huge learning curve preparing to run a marathon. It taught me a lot about myself and what I need to do to keep fit and healthy. At the start I thought it was going to be an impossible task, but slowly you can achieve your goal if you stick to the plan and focus on the goal. If I can run a marathon, then anyone can do it.
CM: What were the highlights of the event?
TC: There were many highlights to the Marathon. The Marathon takes you through each of the five boroughs of New York (Statton Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan finishing in Central Park). There are over two million New Yorkers cheering for you on the sideline as you run, so it is an amazing feeling. The Marathon was the largest ever held with 51,700 participants running.
CM: And New York, what are your favourite aspects to the city?
TC: New York was an amazing city to visit. Before the Marathon we did all the normal tourist attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, Yankee Stadium, Times Square, Central Park, Ground Zero Museum etc. After the Marathon we focused more on the eating and drinking establishments like the Russian Teas Rooms, Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood etc. The people of New York were fantastic and really embraced the Marathon and made it everything it was rumoured to be.
CM: What are trends at Beach Hut this summer?
TC: Beach Hut has everything you need for a fun summer. We have our best range yet of Jennifer Dean Swimwear with everything from one piece swimsuits to tankini’s/bikinis to suit everyone. All two piece suits come as separates, which makes life easy when mixing and matching sizes and colours. Other brands in store include Lorna Jane Activewear and Funkita Swimwear, as well as the full range of Sundrenched Resortwear.
CM: This summer on the Shore is going to be the summer of…?
TC: All summers – so get out and enjoy it!