Researcher Runs for Team Reeve
By: Michael Izzo
Name: Tom Verhovshek
Given his profession, Tom Verhovshek's knowledge of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation should come as no surprise. As a post-doctoral researcher studying spinal cord injuries (SCI), he is familiar with the Foundation's mission, as well as what it does to fund research and help those with SCI. These are some of the reasons that inspired Verhovshek to run for Team Reeve in the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. "I thought it would be a great way to bring together my interests as a scientist, the goals of the Reeve Foundation, and of course my love of running," explains Verhovshek.
"I think the Reeve Foundation is doing a very necessary and noble thing by providing money for scientific research especially in a time when grant dollars from federal sources are getting cut left and right, but also by trying to improve the quality of life for people living with SCI by providing care and equipment that can improve their daily lives."
Time to get serious
Since he took up running, Verhovshek has completed seven half marathons and two full marathons in Cincinnati and St. Louis.
Verhovshek typically starts training for a marathon three to four months in advance by running one or two long runs a week, steadily increasing the distance before topping out at around 20 miles two to three weeks before the race. His goal for Chicago is to finish in under 3:15 which he says will be a challenge.
A new dimension to running
Look for Tom Verhovshek and the rest of Team Reeve in the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9th.
To make a donation for Verhovshek's run, go here.