Just before Christmas when most were making plans for the festive season, Tom McGrath was running back to back marathons. The New York publican and a son of Fermanagh, is no stranger to running. An ultra-distance runner who in 1977 broke the Trans-Am record, running from New York to San Francisco in 53 days. Now 68, he decided to run a marathon a day from Boston to New York in order to raise money for the American Wheelchair Mission.
Titled ‘Miles 4 Miracles’, the run was sponsored by many Irish American organizations. The American Wheelchair Mission distribute wheelchairs to veterans’ hospitals, fire houses, ambulances and churches.
The run began in Boston and it took six days to complete the distance, finishing at Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Lower Manhattan, a distance of 225 miles.
Speaking after the run, he said that he was “not sure I could have gone another day, but thank God I was able to make it.”
If Tom isn’t out running around Central Park or Manhattan, he can be found in the Black Sheep bar and restaurant, which he owns at 583 Third Ave. (between 38th & 39th Ave.).
Tom’s book “The Black Sheep” which gives a detailed account of his life and is available to buy on amazon.