Despite a tough summer of coping with the Texas heat, it looks as if Rick Salewske is ready for the ING New York City Marathon.
Debbie Fetterman, the running columnist at the Dallas Morning News, has been following Salewske’s path to the starting line on November 4, where he will celebrate the 10th anniversary of losing 300 pounds by running his first marathon as a way to share his story of how exercising and eating right can change one’s life. The live national ESPN2 broadcast of the race will feature a look at Salewske’s journey from weighing 538 pounds in 2000 to running 26.2 miles.
“I really want to get my story out there,” said Salewske. “I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through.”
When he began training earlier this year, the 50-year-old Salewske acknowledged being scared. “I’m not concerned anymore,” he said in the most recent installment of the newspaper series. “I was concerned, but mentally I’m ready to be out there five or six hours.”
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