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NOV
20
2017
The Finish Line
CPS Events at The Plaza
by David Dougherty Jr.

The NYC Marathon is legendary, iconic, and timeless. It is American, made up of over 50,000 runners and millions of spectators from all over the world. I had the honor to run it with the support of family, friends, and colleagues. I strive to succeed in something so much more than a race because it is THE NYC MARATHON.

Any runner can testify that the journey begins well before the starting line in Staten Island - hundreds of miles and countless hours logged. Being able to train and run with Mohamed Alam, an esteemed server at The Plaza, and my girlfriend made my race day so special! The training is important but what kept me going on Sunday, November 5th, 2017 was the spirited cheers from my CPS team, friends and family scattered in each of the 5 boroughs. In Brooklyn I saw Mike Warren, Director of Catering, jumping up and down waiving to me a mile away in Park Slope. Heard Lauren’s horn (phone app!) behind the sponge station at mile 18’s “the wall” then tore through Queens and the Bronx. Upon returning to Manhattan I caught the high-five of the century from Rob Arango as my tired gait starts to strengthen powering down 5th Avenue.  

I enter Central Park down East Drive and catch the shimmering reflection in of the 100 year old 18-story white brick and marble building topped with over 130 dormers clad in Ludowici tile and copper – The Plaza. I feel at home. “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza” and it surely wouldn’t be different on this day; anchoring itself as the final turn towards the finish line. I finish, the journey isn’t over.

The next day I get up and wobble back to that very same spot before going to work. The crowds are gone; the barricades lining the course cleared. It’s a new day, but the feeling of victory remains. The NYC Marathon will be back next year, The Plaza will shimmer in The Pond – I am a part of the legacy and will run again.

The Plaza is legendary, iconic, and timeless. It is American, made up of many associates and millions of visitors from all over the world. I have the honor to work here with support from family, friends, and colleagues. I strive to succeed in something so much more than a destination because it is THE PLAZA.



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