November 1, 2005
BLOOMSBURG— A Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania student was unaware of the effect he could have on the victims of Hurricane Katrina when he decided to cross “running a marathon” off his list of "100 Things to Do Before You Die."
Brian Roney of Stillwater, N.J., a senior majoring in finance, will be one of more than 36,000 people competing in the ING New York City Marathon Nov. 6. However, Roney is not running just to test his own strength and endurance; instead, he is using the marathon as a means to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Roney decided after the hurricane struck the southern U.S. in late-August that he could get sponsors for the marathon and collect donations for hurricane relief. His fellow members of Delta Pi, a social fraternity at BU, joined in to help collect money, setting up a table outside the Kehr Union in late-October.
“The money collected will go towards the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund,” said Roney.
Roney decided to submit his application for the marathon after reading the book “100 Things to Do Before You Die.” More than 86,000 applications were submitted this year; Roney received his acceptance in July.
“One of the things the book mentions is a marathon, so I decided to submit my application and do it,” said Roney. “I’ve been training since the spring.”
To help train for the 26-mile race, Roney runs between 5 and 20 miles four times a week. “I train a lot, but I still have fun and go out. I’ve been able to balance it,” Roney said.
Roney knows he’ll be running with some of the world’s best in a marathon that traditionally has more than 2 million spectators and a worldwide television audience of 260 million. “I’m really pumped, people from all over the world run in this marathon, professional athletes and celebrities,” said Roney.
The ING New York City Marathon starts on the Verrazono-Narrows Bridge and wraps through the five boroughs of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. The final stop for the runners is Central Park. Last year more than 30,000 people finished the race.
Roney said he is anxious for the marathon to begin. “I’m getting tired of training. I just want to marathon to happen,” Roney said.
Roney’s friends and family will travel to New York City to watch the race. A one-hour marathon highlights show will also be televised Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. on NBC.
Roney is a graduate of Kittatinny Regional High School in Newton, New Jersey. In addition to Delta Pi, he is a member of the Financial Management Association at BU.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.