My Why: Team Handsome Hank

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 21, 2021 # Team Reeve

Hank Hantgan and familyOn 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!

Team Handsome Hank

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

Jacqueline smiling next to her father Hank on the beachI was back in NY the weekend of the 2019 Marathon and realized that 2020 was going to be a big one. I would be turning 50 in July, and the NYC Marathon would be celebrating its 50 Anniversary. It was there and then on 1st Ave watching the runners turn off the 59th Street bridge with my dad, husband and dog, that my mind was made I would run the race the following November. My husband, Yoshi, and I ran in 1997. I always knew that I wanted to run at least one more time (especially because it rained most of our run in 1997).

What has been the hardest challenge that you have overcome?

The summer was not what we expected. When I signed up with Team Reeve, I was running to honor my dad. My dad passed away in July, and with tremendous sadness and heartache, we, Yoshi and our youngest daughter, Naomi, will be running in 2021 to honor the memory of my dear father, our hero.

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

I am looking forward to a non-rainy run and wild crowds cheering us on, running with Team Reeve and crossing the finish line, knowing that my dad would have been there with a huge smile to congratulate us for the effort.

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