Montgomery man racing to honor the military

Montgomery man racing to honor the military
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery man is gearing up for the race of a lifetime and he's doing it in honor of our military.

Pat Foran is 58 years old and just weeks away from becoming one of the thousands to participate in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5.

"I try to train five to seven times a week," he said.

Foran isn't necessarily training to win it all but pursuing something bigger, honoring the very men and women who defend us on battlefields far and wide.

"They volunteer. Our country owes them a great debt," Foran said.

A sign in Foran's front yard tells the story. He's running for 'Homes for Our Troops,' a program that builds custom-made homes for veterans who've been severely injured after Sept. 11.

Regardless of what his time will be in the marathon, Foran's success will be measured by a different standard; pushing through the pain he knows will come, yet the discomfort will be far less than what the troops often endure.

"You have to set a goal and accomplish it," Foran said.

The New York City Marathon is said to be the largest in the world with more than 51,000 finishers in 2016. It started in 1970 and has been held every year except in 2012 because of Hurricane Sandy.

Foran intends to not only finish but remember those who gave him the freedom  to run for them.

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