Steve, one of our New York City Marathon 2017 runners shares his story and why he took part in marathon last November…

“Firstly, I’m not a runner. I might look like I’m built for speed, but it’s never been something I’ve enjoyed. So why run the New York Marathon for the National Autistic Society?”

“I’m doing it for my son and for all those affected by autism and autism spectrum disorder. I’m doing it because there needs to be better understanding.”

“Running, for me, is a challenge. I have to build myself up to hit the pavements. This is my first marathon; in fact it’s the first time I’ve run more than 2 miles in over 30 years. I don’t like the idea of sore feet and sore limbs. I don’t like the idea of feeling exhausted. I didn’t like the idea of the knee op I needed to allow me to run. I could just donate some money (it’s well worth it), but my son and others with ASD have to face the challenge of getting out there every day. Just interacting with people and dealing with the daily sensory onslaught can be exhausting, forget a few blisters and a bit of training fatigue. So I owe it to him and all those dealing with or impacted by ASD to help spread the word, to put in the extra effort and make a difference. I might not be looking forward to the run, but I’m looking forward to the challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing every borough of New York, I’m looking forward to the camaraderie of the other runners and I’m looking forward to even just a few more people understanding.”

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