Apolo Anton Ohno has had illustrious career on the ice, making him known as America's most decorated Winter Olympian of all-time, but has also made a definite impact elsewhere. Besides winning the fourth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars and two Olympic gold medals, Apolo has become one of the most renowned philanthropic athletes on the planet. In his latest charitable act, Ohno ran the ING New York City Marathon to support the Special Olympics. As a SUBWAY Famous Fan, Ohno was given the opportunity to run the marathon, following in the footsteps of SUBWAY enthusiast, Jared Fogle. With his competitive spirit, it was no surprise that Ohno stepped up to the challenge. Ohno told media this week that he had never ran more than ten miles prior to training with Todd Rushworth (trainer of boxer Miguel Cotto) for the marathon. In the past year, Ohno has ran over 700 miles in training for the marathon, that he hoped to run in about three and a half hours. Well, yesterday, November 6th, 2011, Ohno ran the prestigious marathon and in honor of the 26.2 miles he ran, SUBWAY Restaurants donated $26,200 to the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics is an international organization that Anton Ohno keeps dear to his heart. The Special Olympics encourages people with disabilities to participate in athletic events to help them "realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship." It took Ohno 3 hours, 25 minutes, and 14 seconds to run the marathon yesterday, which adds another paragraph to the legendary Wikipedia post titled Apolo Anton Ohno. I got to catch up with Apolo this weekend to talk about the marathon, his future, and even about boxing.
In other news, I am pleased to announce the winner of the $25 SUBWAY gift card as @NickSpano!
[Prizes courtesy of the Zócalo Group and SUBWAY]