By The TimesLedger
The New York City Marathon is slated to be held Sunday, Nov. 4, but three runners from the College Point Road Runners Track Club will not be staying home for the race. Instead, they will travel overseas to compete in a marathon in Greece.
Austin Isherwood, Ramiero Munoz, and Hector Moreno from the CPRRTC will test their skills for the grueling event in Greece on Sunday.
“We are ready as ever and are looking forward to the experience,” said College Point Road Runners Club President Carmen Moreno, who is also competing in Greece.
However, nine members, led by Yorki Munoz and Julio Aguirre, will be running in New York City Marathon.
Marathon running is nothing new for any of the members, especially for Ramiero Munoz, who already competed in three such distance races this year and is the fastest of the trio. He was timed in 3:02 in Stockholm, 3:03 in Boston and 3:24 in Berlin.
He turned in a 2:58 in Las Vegas two years ago, one year after he started running competitively, for his best clocking in a marathon.
He has been a member of the College Point Road Runners Track Club for one year. He was influenced by Aguirre to join the Club.
“I used to play soccer on local teams,” the resident of Jackson Heights said. “I gave it up at age 40 because I suffered too many injuries. Soccer is a contact sport.”
His goal for the marathon in Greece is to run between a 2:50 and 2:55 and he wants to have a good time.
Ramiero’s son, David, 16, is on the cross country team at Archbishop Molloy High School.
Meanwhile, Quantum Feet Running Club members Jim Blumberg, Andrew Jackson, Steve Kopageorge and Amy Going will compete in the New York City Marathon for their first time.
Quantum Feet Director Dominio Ortis, who ran last year, is a supervisor chip clipper. He has been volunteering since 1993.