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Eddie Watt, of Palatine Bridge, wears the medal he was awarded for completing the 2013 Chicago Marathon.

Joshua Thomas
Eddie Watt displays the medal he earned for running the 2014 Chicago marathon.

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Local runner seeks charity-based sponsorship for NYC Marathon

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Updated: 4:45 PM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

PALATINE BRIDGE -- Palatine Bridge resident Eddie Watt is currently training to run the New York City Marathon in November, his goal being to raise a minimum of $2,620 in sponsorship funding, which will be donated to an organization dear to his heart, Team for Kids, a volunteer-run charity aimed at combating childhood obesity, empowering youth and funding character-building programs in low-income schools and community centers in NYC, throughout the country, and in Africa.

Watt has already raised $545 for Team for Kids, an organization that serves over 200,000 children in 800 schools annually. Watt said that raising money for the organization is important to him, as he grew up in a single parent household, his parent working numerous jobs to provide for the family, utilizing siblings as babysitters or taking the kids to work when no babysitter was available. 

Team for Kids targets children in similar situations, whose parents are forced to devote so much time to work that things like nutrition, diet and exercise may be neglected. It aims to fill the gaps and educate early so that diet and nutrition are ingrained.

All money that Watt raises through sponsorships will go toward Team for Kids. Watt is responsible for his own entry fee and travel expenses. 

This is the second marathon Watt has run. Last October, he ran the Chicago marathon with 45,000 others, dropping 30 pounds prior to the event and running a distance of 18 miles in preparation for the 26.2 mile race.

Watt said that during the marathon, as he hit the 18 mile mark, he thought "every step is further than I've ever been," and though he suffered a twisted ankle, nearly tearing his right ankle's tendon around 18 miles, Watt persisted and completed the course.

"I've always really liked running," Watt said, noting that it was in middle school that he realized he'd someday like to run a marathon. Though he participated in track at Canajoharie Central School, from which he graduated in 2009, Watt said he was never necessarily into competitive racing.

"When you're running with 45,000 people, you know you're not going to win," said Watt of marathons such as Chicago's, explaining why marathons suit him, as they're more about the overall experience than they are about winning or losing.

In the upcoming NYC Marathon, Watt will not only get to add the completion of another tough race to his list of accomplishments, while also raising money for a charity that means a lot to him, but he'll also move one stop closer to completing his goal of running the world's major six marathons.

Next year, Watt hopes to run in Boston, take a break and then move forward to conquer Berlin, London and Tokyo by the time he's 30 in 2021, though he's hoping to complete the major six races by 2018.

While the race doesn't take place until November, Watt is currently training for it, utilizing local country roads as courses, stating, "The hills are nice for it, because at least for the majors, the tracks are pretty flat." Training includes building up distance slowly, running a bit further and then tapering back, raising the distance goal every other time out.

Watt said that as the weather warms up, he'll also cross train with exercises such as walking, yoga and swimming.

To donate to Watt's fundraising campaign, visit the website: runwithtfk.org/profile/publicpage/16428. On the official page there are suggested amounts listed, though donors can put in any amount they wish to give. While it's possible to leave a message for Watt to wish him luck in the upcoming race, it's also an option to donate anonymously.

     

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