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Wyckoff Runner In NYC Marathon Hopes To Be Role Model

Ann O'Connell of Wyckoff after finishing the Run the Reservoir half-marathon in Hackensack in September 2014.
Ann O'Connell of Wyckoff after finishing the Run the Reservoir half-marathon in Hackensack in September 2014. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ann O'Connell

WYCKOFF, N.J. — Ann O'Connell of Wyckoff runs not just for herself but for her family as well.

O'Connell, 54, did not start running until four years ago. It helped her lose 50 pounds and led her to participate in the New York City Marathon this Sunday.

The mother of two said she wants to be a role model to her daughters, ages 25 and 17.

"If i can switch and change my life at this point, anyone can," O'Connell told Daily Voice.

The iconic event will be the second marathon for O'Connell. She previously completed several half-marathons, 5Ks and a triathlon.

O'Connell decided to start running once her children were older and she felt she needed to do more to stay healthy.

"It's something I look forward to. I like to get up early and get out," she said.

She used the marathon as a chance to help others, raising $3,000 from supporters for the Team 4 Kids therapy center.

O'Connell will race with Jersey Women Strong, a fitness team that helped motivate her. Her teammates will be by her side Sunday in New York City as they run together.

"This is the biggest race in the world," O'Connell said. "It's very, very exciting to be a part of it. It's going to be one of the best days of our lives."

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