Nearly 20 Delta runners, including Delta CEO Ed Bastian, completed the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, cheered on by colleagues at points across the 26.2-mile race.
Wearing Delta T-Shirts and waving signs proclaiming "Run, Ed Run" and #DeltaProud, supporters tracked the progress of the Delta runners throughout the race and trekked across all five boroughs to cheer from the sidelines."It was amazing to see so many members of our Delta family out today, running in the race and cheering on the sidelines," Bastian said. "It was another great example of the Delta spirit and culture on display in the city where we're the No. 1 airline."
The Delta leader ran the marathon, which stretched from Staten Island to Central Park, in memory of 15-year-old Grace Bunke, a high school freshman and Paralympic athlete, who inspired him to take on the marathon in support of Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.
Shortly before Grace passed away, Bastian shared with her his intention of running the marathon and his commitment to fundraise $1 million for childhood cancer research. Eight months later, he kept his promise by raising almost $2 million for Rally Foundation and successfully crossing the finish line of the world's largest marathon.
The Delta cheering team included Dean Crowe, Rally's founder and CEO, and members of Bastian's family, including his mother, brother and daughters.
Bastian's training included a 5K run with Delta people in Atlanta in September – nearly 100 Delta runners joined him for the trek along the Atlanta Belt Line.
It was Bastian's second NYC marathon. He finished his first four years ago, also in support of the Rally foundation.