Ed Moran, who grew up in New Jersey and was in born in Staten Island, finished 10th in his debut marathon in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 46 seconds. Moran stayed among the top 20 runners throughout the 2011 ING New York City Marathon and moved up to 12th place by mile 21. He didn’t even know he was in 10th place until someone screamed out to him in Central Park.
“It was better than I expected,” he said. “Better than I had hoped for.”
And now that the pressure is off, Moran has plans to get married next week in Pittsburgh.
The 30 year-old ran at Notre Dame High School in New Jersey before becoming an All-American at William & Mary in Virginia, where he lives and trains. Moran’s parents, Ed and Pat, were both born and raised in Brooklyn. His grandmother lives in Bay Ridge and he still has family in Staten Island. His father was an officer with the NYPD for 14 years and worked on the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Bridge. Moran even saw his godmother right before the Pulaski Bridge.
“It makes it personal,” he said. “It gives you this feeling that you’re not out there running by yourself.”
He had deferred a job at Deloitte Consulting to train for the 2012 Olympic Games. He had also deferred a job there after earning his MBA in 2005 because he decided to run professionally. Moran said he figured he was nearing the end of his athletic career. But if his race in New York City went well, he might consider making his living as a marathoner. Looks like Deloitte might have to wait.
“I never thought I would run under 2:12,” Moran said.