LEXINGTON, Ky. (10/21/13) – It takes a great deal of dedication to prepare to run a marathon. But, to run in one of the world's most renowned and challenging marathons, it takes downright diligence. Morehead State University student Trey Swartz is no stranger to diligence.
Swartz, 21, is about to take on one of the biggest challenges of his life, running in the ING New York City marathon. He's currently training for the over 26-mile race through the streets of downtown New York City, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 3.
Swartz, an avid runner and president-elect of MSU's chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, said a fraternity brother, who ran the marathon two years prior, encouraged him to take on such a feat. The brother went as far as signing Swartz up for the marathon, and giving him the jersey he wore while running the marathon.
“I was really excited. I didn't know what to think at all,” said Swartz. “I think it's really cool that he saw I really like to run and he saw what kind of inspiration it was to me. I really appreciate that.”
But, running is only one part of Swartz's preparations. As part of running the marathon, he's also raising money for the New Heights foundation, a charity that works to educate and empower inner-city youth to be leaders, champions, and student-athletes. He has pledged to raise $2,500 for the charity by the start of November.
“I feel like it puts a better purpose into it instead of me just going out and running,” said Swartz. “I like raising money, not just so I can run. It's actually going to a better place. I know exactly where it's going, and that is really cool.”
Swartz has received a great deal of support from MSU and his chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. MSU's Student Government Association is going to refund a portion of Swartz's travel expenses to New York City. Also, Swartz, along with Sigma Phi Epsilon, have been hosting events such as a spaghetti dinner for students to help him reach his monetary goal for New Heights.
MSU's Vice President for Enrollment Services Jeffrey Liles serves as Sigma Phi Epsilon's chapter advisor. He said the accomplishments Swartz has already made proves his commitment to service.
“We are very proud of Trey for diligently going above and beyond, something he always does with his studies, his fraternity involvement and his commitment to his family,” said Liles.
Diligence in his studies is right. Swartz said he'll also be racing back to MSU. He has a test to take Monday morning.
If you'd like to help Swartz raise money for New Heights, you can donate to his cause at www.crowdrise.com/treyswartz.
“The amount of support I've received is unbelievable. I'm very thankful for everyone who has helped me out,” said Swartz. “I'm kind of nervous, but I'm ready to do it. I'm ready to feel that awesome, exciting feeling of completing it. I know I'm going to be exhausted. But, it's going to be worth it."
Photos provided by Jeffrey Liles
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