Ron Piazza has run plenty of marathons, including Boston in 2000, Paris in 2001, and before them, six New York City Marathons.
On Nov. 3, he ran the New York City Marathon again, but this time it was very different.
For the first time, Piazza, 60, trained for and ran the marathon with his 23-year-old son, Jordan Piazza.
Ron Piazza, a resident of Richmond and chiropractor at Berkshire Family Chiropractic since 1989, had not run in a marathon since the Paris run.
But he and his son started talking about running in a marathon together about four years ago. The difficulty of running 26.2 miles non-stop is a physically and emotionally grueling experience, something the two wanted to share. It turned out to be an experience neither one will ever forget.
They applied for slots in the New York City Marathon three times, but one or both of them were denied each time. This year, they were both accepted through the marathon lottery. They began training in June.
Jordan Piazza lives in Manhattan — a May graduate of a pre-med biochemistry program at New York University — and is working as a medical assistant at a pain management clinic in Brooklyn while awaiting an opportunity to attend medical school.
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