In the News: Half Marathon Coverage

Thanks to Dave Walker at the T-P for continuing to spread the word about my half marathon run for Tripp Roth. The following appeared Monday on NOLA.com:

Appropriately enough, WDSU anchor Scott Walker reported his finishing time in Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon via Twitter at 12:40 p.m.:

Finished my first half marathon in 2:12. A great payoff after 10 weeks of training/fundraising. #TeamTripp was well represented. A great day.

Later, there was this post:

I finished 5,349th! #RnRNOLA http://twitpic.com/8s7767

Walker also posted how good his bed felt as he settled in for a post-race nap.

“After I got home, I took a long shower and had something to eat and got under the covers and stayed there for 4 hours,” he said in a Monday interview. “A nice long nap.”

Of course, Walker’s time wasn’t the most important statistic on the day. That would be $40,000 — the approximate amount he raised in honor of Tripp Roth and to raise awareness ofEpidermolysis bullosa, the rare genetic skin disease from which Roth suffered until his death at age 2 in January. Hundreds of Team Tripp partisans either ran the race or cheered on Walker from the route.

An additional lift came when an anonymous donor gave $10,000 to the cause on Friday. Walker will continue the benefit effort through the end of the month in hopes of pushing the final total toward $50,000.

“It blew me away,” he said of the generosity of followers who spread the word about his effort via Facebook and Twitter. “My initial goal was $5,000.

“I think we got to $5,000 in the first three or four days. It took on a life of its own.”

Walker also credited his station, which ran a public-service promo in the weeks leading up to the race, and recapped his run live from the finish line.

“The station has been amazing through the whole thing,” he said.

Walker said his next run is not yet scheduled.

“Right now there is no run on the board,” he said, laughing. “I’m going to keep running. I feel I’ve done too much to let myself fall out of shape. I’ll keep running. And at some point, I’ll do another half-marathon. I enjoyed it.

“It hits you that this is a lot bigger than you. It’s you running a race, but so many people were invested in this. So many people donated. I felt like I was running for a lot of people. That helped push me through. It was an overwhelming feeling. It was an experience that I’ll never forget.”

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