Congratulations Dave Howard on completing the New York Marathon this month! The race was 42.1km long, took 55,000 steps and was against 50,000 people from all over the world. The kidney recipient from Victoria ran on 5 November 2017, saying “I was extremely lucky to receive a ballot entry in.
“It was an amazing experience running through the 5 ‘Boroughs’ of New York: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan.
“The crowd was incredible, 5 to 10 deep for most of the course. With bands playing, it was truly like running through a carnival.”
It’s been a big year for David. He was selected to take part in Transplant Australia’s first Fit For Life! High Performance Sports Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport, proudly supported by Astellas, before representing Australia at the World Transplant Games in Málaga. There, he won silver for the green and gold in kayaking, and bronze in the 800m.
Now, the 43-year-old is embracing the Fit For Life! Billion Steps Challenge, with his team of four putting in a top 10 performance in the global initiative to get more transplant recipients, more active more often.
He said, “At the end of the day I achieved at total of 55,893 steps for my team ‘Keep Off The Poop Deck’, and we are currently sitting in 8th position in the ‘Billion Steps Challenge.'”
Well done Dave.