Athlete Name: Thomas (Tom) Colaprico
Hometown: Congers, NY
Education: BBA, Stetson University, DeLand, FL
Tell us a little about yourself
Live in Rockland County; Married with two grown children Love the outdoors; huge NY Giant fan; big Yankee fan.
“I run to keep fit, try to stay young”
What is your favorite Team Boomer memory?
Two of them: Dinner right before the 2011 Marathon and sharing training experiences, fund raising experiences and goals for the run. Nice to be with your peer group and understand why the people are running, for whom they are running and their tie to BEF. Second was the support from Team Boomer while running the race.
What is your best fundraising tip?
Personalize it; share why you’re running, for whom and the personal relationship. Share the strength of BEF and how it is helping; educate people on CF. People are mostly generous. Keep them involved in your training progress; I also ran a contest for all of those who donated – a $200 AmEx Gift Card drawing for all who participated. Seemed to go over well. I also reached out to some of the donators to share some of their favorite songs with me so I could include those songs on my Marathon Playlist. People seemed pretty engaged with that as well.
Why do you run?
I run to keep fit, try to stay young, keep my sanity, allows me to think uninterrupted. Uninterrupted “me time.” I run for Boomer because my best friend from college, Richard Weiss, had CF. I ran it for him and his brothers Arthur (passed away) and Anthony (also inflicted). The Weiss family is an amazing family and so supportive of CF and the aim for a cure. Sadly, Richard passed in January 2014.