My name is Michael Colarossi. I've been a fitness enthusiast for over 20 years but - truth be told - NOT much of a long distance runner. As such, training for this marathon has been very very challenging. My dad - Ben Colarossi - was an avid marathon runner and first ran the NYC Marathon back in the 1980s. I'm one of eight kids (2 girls / 6 boys ). We grew up on Long Island and one of my dad's bucket list wishes was to witness one of his children running a marathon. A few years back, my big sister Connie ran in the LA Marathon and my dad was beaming with pride! I also promised my dad that one day I would run it but kept pushing it off. Unfortunately my dad passed away a few months ago (June 2019) . Very tough time for me and my siblings. My dad was the son of Italian immigrants, growing up just north of Hell's Kitchen, NYC in a relatively poor neighborhood. Despite never attending college and against all odds, dad worked his way up from nothing into a successful advertising executive in NYC. Dad always had a passion for helping the underdog and the disenfranchised. He also served in the marines and was always very supportive of the veterans on Long Island.The United Way and the veterans had a very special place in my dad's heart. My brother David is also running in the NYC marathon so this will be a special day for both of us as we finally are making good on our promise to our father. We are running this for you dad!
ITeam Mission United is a dedicated group of premier and recreational runners who will be competing in support of the 135,000 veterans and military families on Long Island. These runners have varied connections to veterans, through friends, family, or coworkers, but all share a special bond to the veterans they are running on behalf of in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon this November 3.
United Way of Long Island's Mission United is devoted to providing critical programs for veterans as they transition to civilian life with a focus on employment services, education, financial services, health and housing support. Long Island has New York State’s largest veteran’s population and one of the highest concentration of veterans in the United States.
Learn more about Mission United at www.unitedwayli.org/TeamMissionUnited