County attorney on the run for good cause

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 09:50 AM.

This time, his desire to run to support the Sacred Heart Guild is fueled by more than a good cause; he also considers it fate.

Novak said that he was born in a Sacred Heart Hospital as were his brothers, and his grandfather was a doctor in one for many years. Needless to say, Novak was thrilled when a branch of the hospital landed in his backyard three years ago.

Last year’s NYC Marathon was canceled due to uninvited guest Hurricane Sandy, so Novak anticipates an extra-large turnout for this year’s event.

“It’s going to be a special year,” said Novak. “There’s always so much energy on the streets.”

He described his first experience with the NYC Marathon as “inspiring.” It was there that he ran alongside thousands of other runners from all walks of life, some of which were in wheelchairs, on crutches, were elderly, amputees and some who were completely blind and ran alongside a guide.

“The spirit is incredible,” said Novak.

Novak and his wife, Kellee relocated to Port St. Joe from New Jersey 10 years ago and he’s excited that his family will be in New York to cheer him on as he runs.

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