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Cornell at the ING NYC Marathon

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I was fortunate last Sunday to join Cornell alumni at the 25th mile water station at the ING New York City Marathon. I was supposed to see some other 2011 graduates at the event, but ended up not. I instead made some new friends with the people around me. There was David from the late 1990s, who was there because he was training for a marathon himself and wanted to help out at this one. There was a middle-aged couple whose son was a freshman at Cornell. There was a woman who graduated in the mid-2000s there to watch her friends run past. I was there because it seemed like an awesome way to spend a Sunday morning and to be part of an event that I’ve been watching on TV since I was very young. Like many things Cornell-related, it was an opportunity for many people to come together for different reasons for a common cause. The marathon was a pleasant reminder of the strength of the Cornell alumni network and how well represented we are within the NYC community.

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As a side-note, after volunteering at the marathon I walked over to an Upper East Side bar to meet up with friends to watch the Jets game. On my way I walked past an older man who was humming the tune to our Alma Mater. My mind slowly moved from “Hey, that tune sounds familiar,” to “Hey, that’s the Alma Mater!” I quickly spun around, caught the man’s eye, and asked if he was from Ithaca, not realizing that I was wearing my Cornell sweatshirt. It turns out this man graduated from Cornell in 1956 and had a daughter who received her undergraduate degree from Cornell before going on to get a doctorate at Stanford. We chatted for about two minutes about the past twenty years of Cornell history (I told him there’s been a lot more buildings) before I continued on my way. Lesson learned: if you notice someone from your school, just say hi instead of humming your alma mater. No need for the veiled reference.

Kyle Scott | Posted on November 13, 2011 (#)

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