Coach Gangemi Takes on the NYC Marathon with Team MEB
Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach and former Spartan standout, Andrew Gangemi, will run the 2011 ING New York City Marathon for Team MEB. He is working to raise $3000 for the MEB Foundation which raises awareness and funds for healthy living for the youth. Gangemi has trained with the Spartan cross country program throughout this season and is ready to take on the 26.2 mile challenge.
Gangemi has partnered with the MEB Foundation because "the cause is near and dear to his heart." The foundation was founded by Meb Keflezighi, the 2009 NYC Marathon Champion and silver medalist at the Beijing Olympics for the U.S.A. "He is a true American champion and I am honored to run with TEAM MEB," commented Gangemi. "His foundation raises awareness and funds for Health, Education, and Fitness for today's youth." The MEB Foundation focuses on Maintaining Excellent Balance which is something Gangemi has done as both a student-athlete and as a professional.
This is Gangemi's first marathon. "Being from Staten Island I think it's awesome to start the biggest race in the world right in my backyard. I have been training with the Spartans and Lady Spartans to get ready for the race. They have been motivating me the entire way. Everyone in the STAC community has been very supportive." As the start of the race nears, Gangemi said "I will be running with my Spartan pride which I have done for so many years as STAC runner." The Spartan Athletic Department wishes Drew the best of luck and we are proud that he is representing us in such a prestigious event.