Written by Syosset-Jericho Tribune Staff, SyossetJericho@Antonnews.com Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
Brookville native and Jericho High School alum Sean Tolkin will become the first American to run a marathon at sea to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Tolkin, business development director of cruise agency World Travel Holdings, will run the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway ship track 210 times on October 5, to equal 26.2 miles.
“The travel industry has given me so much,” shares Tolkin, whose father Brad Tolkin is Co-Chairman and CEO of World Travel Holdings. “I wanted to find a way to blend my love of the travel industry and my passion for running to support our signature charity Make-A-Wish. Given that 75 percent of wishes involve travel, the marathon at sea idea was born.”
Tolkin expects to complete the marathon in less than five hours and already has exceeded his goal of raising $26,200—$1,000 per mile.
“Cruises are one of the more popular travel wishes—last year we sent more than 1,000 children on cruises,” said David Williams, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “We appreciate the support of industry leaders such as World Travel Holdings and Norwegian Cruise Line that make our mission of granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions possible.”
The “Run Like a Champion, Cruise Like a Norwegian” Marathon At Sea will conclude a week of Make-A-Wish fundraising activities by CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. vacation specialists.
“We have a longstanding alliance with Make-A-Wish and are proud to host cruise wishes throughout the year—even during the Marathon at Sea sailing,” said Andy Stuart, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Passenger Services, Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are looking forward to having Sean be the first American to complete a marathon at sea for charity on Norwegian Breakaway.”