A Halloween parade and some with stories to inspire on this week’s Good Start. Hey guys, and welcome to Good Start. I’m Sally Turner. For our first story, a Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Michigan upped their Halloween game at a parade thanks to some volunteers who made Halloween dreams come true. Last weekend, Mary Free Bed Heroes Parade, featuring over 30 From a spaceship to a construction truck, and even the Grinch in a sleigh, these costumes took Halloween For an adaptive costume, I think it helps him when he’s trick or treating. People notice the costume versus just the person in the chair. So I just think it was a really cool idea. The costumes are who worked on them in the weeks leading up to the parade. We want it to be a surprise when they come in, so we build the frame and then they come back and it’s a complete costume. The kids first saw their costumes right before the parade begun and everything turned out perfectly. To see the kid’s face light up, to see them be able to do something that they really haven’t been able to do. They choose the costume from the very beginning. We build it to exactly what they want. So they’re really getting to choose what they want to be. Between the elaborate costumes and the smiles on those little faces, I can’t decide which is better. And if you’d like to get involved, you can check back with Mary Free Bed Rehab Center for more volunteer opportunities. And for our main story, the 49th Annual TCS New York City Marathon will take place this weekend. Professional and amateur runners from around the world will race through all five boroughs. We caught up with a few inspiring runners to keep an eye on ahead of the big day. The TCS Running the New York City Marathon has been one of those things that I just love to do. I started in 1991 and this will be my 28th. The race is put on by New York Road Runners, a nonprofit organization. We like to say it’s where the world comes to run. Greatest city in the world, greatest marathon in the world. 26 miles through five boroughs. You’ve got over a million people cheering on that day. Our mission is to help and inspire people through running. We have lots of people that run for charity and you’ve raised over 40 million dollars a year. including New Jersey resident Roberta Groner, a 41-year-old This will be my third New York City marathon. So I didn’t start in the pro level and I ended up placing 19th that year and I, kind of I was surprised. And then last year, I started as a part of the pro. So that was super exciting. Roberta’s love of running began in middle school. She through a scholarship Walking away from the sport for 10 years actually saved myself a little bit. I get questioned a lot about, like, what if you didn’t walk away, you could have competed at, in your 20s at this level. I don’t know. I don’t think that’s my story. My story is that you can walk away from something and possibly still achieve your goals. Roberta in Doha last month where she and with the New York City Marathon this weekend, she’ll be Why not try to do two marathons in five weeks. Until you try it, you don’t know you can’t do it. The vibrance of the city, you know, running through all five boroughs. I feel like it’s just extra alive that day. This weekend is also special to Bryan Ehnstrom, who will be running his I’ve always wanted to run a marathon since I was like twelve or thirteen years old. It was something I always had an excuse for cause the training is hard. Bryan’s running to His when he was in his mother’s womb. They were expecting that he would be paralyzed from the waist down. The fetal surgery actually worked so well that he’s got full movement in his legs, full, full sensation and we feel like with proper physical therapy, we might be able to have him walk one day. I saw everything that he went through and my wife went through for the surgery. I just said to myself, I got to do something that I said I was gonna do all this time. Training for the marathon has It’s made me stronger mentally, and I feel like I could face challenges like this. And then I see him born and he’s a pretty normal kid and smiling all the time. I’m like, you know, if he can do it, I can do it. I can run 26.2. And whether they run 100 miles a week or just completing their first marathon. Roberta and Bryan Knowing that I’m up every morning, I’m working, I’m running hard, I’m constantly doing something to meet my goals. They’re very excited and they can see that, you know, I’ve achieved something for myself personally from this. He’s not aware that I’m doing this for him yet. But I have a 4-year-old son, Austin. I can see that every time I go running, he wants to join in and he wants to know about it and everything. So I feel like I’m inspiring him. And that makes me happy, too. We’ll certainly be cheering for Michael, Roberta and Bryan this weekend. So that is it for this week’s show. Thanks to Nivea for partnering with us this month on Good Start to bring you inspiring stories that prove that soft can be powerful. Rethink soft with the Nivea. Be sure to like our page and follow us for more positive stories that will make your day. Thanks so much for joining us and we’ll see you back here next week for another Good Start.