County attorney on the run for good cause


Each year, 47,000 runners tackle the New York City Marathon and on November 3, city attorney Jeremy Novak will be one of them.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 09:50 AM.

Some people run for their health, others to clear their minds, but on Nov. 3, county attorney Jeremy Novak will run the ING New York City Marathon to raise money for the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf Guild.

Novak has had friends and family affected by cancer and saw a great opportunity to raise money for those suffering from cancer locally.

Currently, cancer patients who live in Gulf County must travel to Panama City for chemotherapy, radiation treatments or pre-screening. Novak believes that by raising money to make those options available through Sacred Heart will provide patients with convenience and comfort.

Novak practices law both privately and for the county and wouldn’t put “marathon runner” on his next resume, but that won’t stop him from returning to the event he first completed four years ago.

“I’m not a runner. I have no business doing this,” laughed Novak.

His devotion to the cause is what will take Novak on a 26.2 mile run across Manhattan, Central Park and all five boroughs of New York.

While he said that he could raise funds for the American Cancer Society, Novak wants to ensure that large corporations don’t take a chunk of the money so he decided to donate right to the source.

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