Carla Oja called to tell the Ear that Astorian Chris Luhrs (pictured) competed in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 1. Intrigued, the Ear contacted Chris to find out more.
“I am a fifth grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary in Astoria,” he replied. “It is my second year teaching there, and my 10th year overall. I spent eight years before that teaching in New York state.
“The NYC Marathon was my fourth marathon. I have been doing marathon running the last three years, but have been running competitively since high school and college. I run because it is my way of relaxing from my day and enjoying the outdoors. It also allows me to travel to different places that I want to visit.”
Chris’ unofficial results from the marathon: He finished 3,656 (out of over 50,000 runners) in 3 hours, 27 minutes and 58 seconds, averaging 7:56 minutes per mile. The Ear is exhausted just thinking about it.
“The experience of the marathon was fantastic,” he declared. “Nothing beats having over a million people cheer you on over 26 miles. Everyone congratulates you after the race, and treats you like a rock star. Running the first two miles over Verrazano Bridge with over 50,000 people was an amazing moment, as well.”
“Nothing beats being able to run through all five boroughs,” Chris added, “and seeing New York City in a way no other person can see it!”
— Elleda Wilson