Nancy Wilson has been quietly training for New York City’s half marathon. The Huntington School District’s director of special education and student support services intends to run on Sunday, March 19 to help raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.
Prior to assuming her current post on July 1, 2012, Ms. Wilson coached varsity field hockey and girls’ lacrosse. A member of Huntington’s faculty since 1995, she began her career here as a special education teacher at J. Taylor Finley Middle School. She has experience as both an inclusion and self-contained teacher in math, social studies, science, English, reading and study skills/organization.
The New York City half marathon will start in Central Park and finish at the intersection of Water Street and Wall Street, not far from Battery Park. The first six miles of the 13.1 mile race are said to be the hilliest, with the biggest inclines at the third and fifth miles. The highest is about 125 feet above sea level.
A 1992 graduate of Acadia University (BA in psychology/special education), Ms. Wilson earned a Master of Science degree in special education in 1995 at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus.
“My motivation started when I sustained an injury a couple of years ago and realized I needed to get healthy and fit while find a passion in life after losing my husband, Glenn,” Ms. Wilson said. “I also recognized how fortunate I am to be able to walk, run and savor life through my senses. Working with individuals who have various challenges further drives me to be a better individual personally and to not take things for granted. With a New Year’s resolution two years ago, I started running and doing trainings at Fitbody Boot Camp. Through the owner, Kathy Eaton, who does a lot with charity and local organizations, I became involved in these different causes and accepted new challenges. Having become stronger mentally and physically I branched out of my comfort zone and now complete mud runs, obstacle course races and will be doing the New York City half marathon on behalf of Ronald McDonald House and the Brooklyn half marathon for Run for Kids.”
This marks the eleventh year the half marathon will be run. The field is expected to total 20,000 runners. Ms. Wilson’s training will be put to the test on what will most likely be a cool day.
The longtime Huntington faculty member is hoping to raise $1,250 for Ronald McDonald House. As of Monday of this week, a total of $620 had been contributed. To follow Ms. Wilson’s progress or to donate to the cause, visit . Contact her at [email protected] or 631-673-2115 for more information about her participation in the race.
Nancy Wilson will run in the New York City half marathon.
“Since 1974 Ronald McDonald House Charities has created programs that strengthen families during difficult times,” according to the organization’s website. “RMHC provides vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. Core RMHC programs; Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles provide access to health care and enable family-centered care. RMHC has helped lessen the burden for more than seven million families in 2016. Our network of local chapters has been making children happier and healthier by keeping families close, giving them a place to rest and refresh. A place that feels like home. These programs, tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, can now be found in more than 63 countries and regions across the globe.”
Earlier in her career, Ms. Wilson coached field hockey and girls’ lacrosse at J. Taylor Finley Middle School, where she also served as faculty advisor for the yearbook and environmental club.
Ms. Wilson has been listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers and been the recipient of the Huntington Special Education PTA’s Distinguished Service Award.
“I attend Fitbody Boot Camp classes five days a week, complete one to two short runs and do long runs of 10-plus miles with some of our members on weekends,” Ms. Wilson said. “Being blessed to live in Huntington and work for children and their families, I consider it an honor to support our local community and our region where many need assistance. Finding charities that put all their energy and efforts into supporting children and animals has been my prime focus.”