Two Upper School faculty members put D-E’s 2014–15 health and wellness theme into action in October by running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon for the first time.
Psychology teacher Danny Carragher had never run a marathon before and decided to do it just after the New Year as a sort of “bucket list” activity. He and husband Steve Haimowitz are the parents of D-E kindergartener Cooper Carragher-Haim ’26. They and a friend ran to raise money for an organization called Team for Kids, which offers free or low-cost health and fitness programs to more than 200,000 children each year around the world.
“We trained all spring and summer,” says Carragher. “We didn’t have any time goals, we just wanted to run it together, support one another, and make it to the finish line…which we did. Overall, it was a great experience, and I’m certain that with time, stairs will become my friend again!”
Physical education teacher Christy Dellapenta had run four other marathons, but never this one. “Growing up, I had always watched the New York City Marathon with my mom, and it was always a dream of mine to run in it one day,” she says. This year, she had the chance, noting, “It truly was one of the best days of my life, as my family and friends cheered me on along the course. My mom had the best view watching from heaven and guiding me through the streets on which she and my dad grew up.”