My Why: James Alexander

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 22, 2021 # Team Reeve

Alexander family On Sunday, November 7, 2021, Team Reeve will take on the TCS New York City Marathon! 2019 was a record-breaking year for Team Reeve NYC, raising over $420,000 for paralysis research! We want to continue the momentum for 2021!

James Alexander

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

On Superbowl, Sunday in 2019, a friend of my then 7-year-old son (Will Allen) was in a car wreck. As an outcome of this, Will became paralyzed from the chest down. Seeing what Will went through and looking at the sheer fight that Will has displayed has inspired me to want to run the race, not only in honor of Will but to help do something that will drive and create change.

James and his three children Raising money for the Reeve Foundation as part of this experience ensures that we will find a cure for spinal cord injuries sooner than later. Will inspires me every day with his attitude and how he has handled what he has experienced. He is already playing competitive basketball, works out hard, and never gives anything less than 100%.

What has been the hardest challenge that you have overcome?

Running in the Texas heat is a real challenge. While training for the canceled race in 2020, I managed to get Rhabdomyolysis and ended up in the hospital. I have had to learn to be patient and follow my training plan to a T.

James and his wife

What are you doing to train for the marathon?

I split my training with a combination of running and CrossFit. I find that running only 3 times a week keeps me injury-free and provides a good balance. I generally run before the sun comes up each day.

What are you looking forward to on the day of the race?

I love NYC in general. I cannot wait to hear the roar of the crowd when we get into Manhattan. I am also running with two friends and to be able to experience this together while raising money for a great cause is really special.

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