alumni Ryan McDermott finished his first New York City Marathon Sunday, turning in a time of 2:45:47. While no official place was given, McDermott’s time puts him among the top 250 men from the United States to finish the race.
According to an interview on the Long Island Report, McDermott entered the race to honor his brother Kevin, who injured his spinal chord while diving into a pool and was left paralyzed from the neck down. Both brothers were active in track during their time in high school.
“My brother made me want to run this race because you can never take anything for granted in this life,” Ryan said. “And if you have a dream, don’t delay. Do it now because you never know what tomorrow may bring.”
McDermott, who hails from West Hempstead, is active in the Christopher Reeve Foundation and guaranteed a spot in the race if he raised $4,000, which he achieved through the help of family and friends.
The Flyer alum also has his , hoping to compete in the 2012 summer Olympic games.