NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Five people getting VIP treatment at Sunday’s New York City Marathon aren’t even old enough to run in the race.
WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond caught up with the pint-sized Grand Marshals of this year’s event.
Emma Albert is a ninth grader at Beacon High School in Manhattan who dreams of doing a marathon one day.
“It doesn’t matter what limitations you have. You can do anything you put your mind to,” she said.
Albert, who’s in a wheelchair, says she’s inspired by four-time New York City Marathon wheelchair race winner Tatyana McFadden.
“Last year, after meeting her, I kept pushing myself to work harder and harder,” said Albert.
Jaylen Reid, 12, attends the Dock Schools in Brooklyn and has a role model himself.
“When I saw Usain Bolt on TV, it was just like wow. He’s really fast, and I want to be like him when I grow up,” he said.
While the kids aren’t old enough to run in the race, they’ll get a front row seat riding in the lead car.