For the last eight years, the Ace in the Hole Foundation has hosted a run that supports a variety of causes. The foundation was established by family members in memory of Lt. Michael LiCalzi, USMC, who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. It raises money to provide funds for charitable organizations and scholarships. To date, it has donated more than $500,000 to partner organizations.
In May 2017, hundreds gathered at a beach on New York’s Long Island for the Ace in the Hole Foundation’s annual run. Beginning at a walkway named in his honor, participants walked or ran up to two miles in remembrance of Lt. LiCalzi. Money raised at the event benefited several organizations including the United Veterans Beacon House and the Mary and Jim White Unit for the Care of People with Huntington’s Disease Center. In 2016, over $80,000 was raised for worthy causes.
The annual run takes place at Lido West Town Park in Hempstead, which features a secluded beach popular with surfers. Throughout his childhood in nearby Garden City, Michael LiCalzi spent many hours enjoying surfing there.
About the Author:
Kevin Colvin, a director in the global market sales and trading division at Cantor Fitzgerald, provides coverage for numerous accounts, including hedge funds, insurance companies, and asset managers. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Kevin Colvin is an avid runner and has participated in several races that benefit charitable organizations.
Founded over 35 years ago, the Mighty Montauk Triathlon is a USAT-sanctioned event held in the oceanfront hamlet of Montauk in Suffolk County, New York. The triathlon is now named in honor of its founder, Robert J. Aaron, who first organized the event in 1982.
Comprising a mile swim, a 22-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run, the triathlon takes participants into the salt water of Lake Montauk and along the historical and scenic routes that run throughout the area. Triathletes must complete the entire course in three hours and 55 minutes.
In addition to challenging competitors, the Mighty Montauk Triathlon helps raise money for several organizations. Major beneficiaries of the event include the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Phoenix House, and the Montauk Ambulance Squad.
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Since 2011, Kevin Colvin has served as a director in Cantor Fitzgerald’s global market sales and trading division in New York City, where he lives with his wife, Jessica, a buyer at Macy’s. In his free time, Kevin Colvin stays active by surfing, playing basketball, and participating in marathons and triathlons. Over the years, he has competed in several events, including the RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon.
The following covers some basic tips for marathon training.
1. Consider your fitness level. Obtain an understanding of your current condition before you begin to create your training plan. A detailed self-assessment includes determining your strengths, weaknesses, types of runs you prefer, and previous personal records, if applicable.
2. Engage in dynamic workouts. Static stretches and warmups do not provide the appropriate pre-workout needed before running, and may even negatively impact your performance. Engage in dynamic workouts to prepare the body for running, activate the nervous system, and increase range of motion.
3. Set simple but flexible goals. Avoid setting too many goals for yourself, particularly hard ones that place too many demands on your mental and physical state. Set healthy expectations, and consider focusing on a single goal, such as finishing the marathon or beating a personal best.
4. Don’t neglect recovery time. Make sure you include recovery time in your training schedule to give your body a rest and prevent overexerting yourself. Pushing your limits can result in lingering fatigue, a drop in performance, and even physical injury.
5. Wear the right gear. Invest in a good pair of running shoes and the right kind of socks before you start training. Consider getting your feet fitted at a pro running store, and avoid wearing old running shoes. You will also need a good pair of socks to avoid blisters. In addition, pay attention to the weather forecast, and dress appropriately.
About the Author:
A director in the global-market sales and trading division of Cantor Fitzgerald, Kevin Colvin is an active participant in fitness fundraising across New York. Fitness fundraising activities in which Kevin Colvin is involved include marathons and triathlons, which can require considerable physical training due to the demanding distances and exertion.