Richard Ledger, a former principal of the PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) Mount Zaagkam International School in Kuala Kencana, ran the 2009 New York City Marathon to raise awareness for Papua Education Program (PEP). Simon Lawton of PT Trakindo Utama and his wife, Corey, also ran the marathon.
Papua Education Program is a fundraising organization that provides financial support for secondary and post-secondary education for Yali tribe members in Jayapura and for two kindergarten campuses for Papuan children in Kwamki Lama and Jileale. “Richard and his family always demonstrated generosity and concern for the local people of Papua. His continued support of PEP after his return to his home country is a blessing and sets an example for all of us,” said Lori Schroeder, president of PEP.
“PEP is a group and a group of beneficiaries that are still very close to our hearts. The marathon was a brilliant experience: the training, the camaraderie with other runners, New York closing its streets down for you, the sense of satisfaction of overcoming pain and thoughts of not being able to make it, running through the five boroughs of New York, hobbling away from Central Park with thousands of others to hop on the subway to get home, and the realization that it was a major achievement and there is carry over into daily life: that persistence will eventually get you where you want or need to be,” Richard added.
Richard finished with a time of 5 hours and 59 seconds, while Simon and Corey finished with times of 3 hours and 53 minutes and 4 hours 43 minutes, respectively. For Richard and Corey, this was their first marathon.
The New York City marathon was started in 1970 and is one of the largest marathons in the world, with 43,659 finishers in 2009. The course of the race runs through all five boroughs of New York City, totaling 42.195 km or 26.219 miles. (ms)