Zoe Koplowitz, who has battled Multiple Sclerosis for 37 years, completed her 22nd New York City Marathon, in a time of 35 hours and 27 minutes. Bruce Beck caught up with the inspirational Koplowitz just steps from the finish line in Central Park.
The professional runners hit the finish line at noon Sunday -- and the masses completed the ING New York City Marathon in the hours afterward. But for one special New Yorker, the race continued more than a day later.
Zoe Koplowitz, who has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for the past 37 years, was still on the course Monday evening. She runs the 26.2 mile pilgrimage through all five boroughs, with the help of the Guardian Angels.
It's symbolic in more ways than one, because Zoe is truly an angel! The Manhattan resident will be finishing her 22nd and toughest NYC Marathon on Monday evening..
During the run she told me, "that this is the hardest one ever. Rain, sleet, hail -- you name it, we've seen it. But I have great spirits and I can see the finish line now."
Zoe started her journey at 6 a.m. Sunday morning. She finished the course at 5:27 p.m. Monday to set a course record of 35 hours and 27 minutes!
I waited in Central Park for three hours with a bunch of Guardian Angels to see her finish. Zoe is inspirational to all of us. She personifies the spirit of this race. She embodies everything that is right about humanity.
Check out Zoe's story on Monday's 6 pm and 11 pm broadcasts on News 4 New York!