November 4, 2003
The Buffalo News
Zoe Koplowitz completed her New York City Marathon mission, reaching the finish on crutches more than 27 hours after the first runner crossed the line.
"I'm overwhelmed," Koplowitz said after sinking into a chair in Central Park. "I'd give my kingdom for two Advil."
Koplowitz, who has diabetes and multiple sclerosis, completed the marathon in 29 hours, 45 minutes. This was the 16th NYC Marathon she has finished. The 55-year-old New Yorker has also finished marathons in Boston and London.
Diagnosed 30 years ago with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the central nervous system, Koplowitz used the two purple crutches to help get through the race.
"I think that's really the ultimate lesson, you just keep going until
you get it done," she said. "You do what it takes."
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