New York City Marathon 2011 Results: Ethan Zohn an Inspiration to Runners & Fans

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2011

One of the great things about the New York City Marathon is the diverse group of people that it brings together, all running for different causes. It embodies the true spirit of America, and is a true test of will and determination for each person who runs in the race. 

One of the more interesting stories in this year's marathon comes from Ethan Zohn, who is one of the more famous people to run this year because he and his girlfriend Jenna Morasca competed on CBS's "The Amazing Race" this season. He is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma. 

Julie Jordan of People Magazine wrote an article detailing Zohn's training for the race and his battle with the disease. 

Zohn's new "smart chemotherapy" SGN-35, which only targets the cancerous cells, allowed him to continue his training. "If I was on the other type of chemo, I wouldn't be able to run," he says. "This drug came out while I was in remission. Everyone who is running has a cause and I'm living proof that it works."

"I have a competitive spirit and I like to challenge and push myself," says Zohn, who finished the race in four hours and 16 minutes last year. "This time, I'm proud and I'm excited. Finishing for me is going to be a big deal. I'm going to walk, shake hands, give high-fives and kiss babies. I'm going to have the time of my life."

There are a lot of great stories that unfold in the New York City Marathon each year, and Zohn's is not the only one worth mentioning, but to hear him be so upbeat and positive in the face of such adversity is a great message of hope, determination and will for all of us. 

Too often we get caught up in stories that are so trite and mundane in the scheme of things that when someone does something good it hits you like a ton of bricks. 

Zohn's story should be on the front page for all of us to take in and absorb what he is trying to do, but instead the world is wrapped up in whether or not Kim Kardashian's marriage is real or fake. 

Here's hoping that Zohn finishes the race and is able to overcome this terrible disease for the second time in his life.

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