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.