Written by Beau Lund November 5, 2019 /Sports News – National Two women are setting the pace for an amazing marathon feat FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRobin Diamond(NEW YORK) — Caryn Lubetsky and Kerry Gruson have been proving two is better than one when it comes to racing marathons for years.Now, the pair likely set the world record for the fastest marathon run by a woman while pushing a wheelchair during this year’s New York City Marathon.Lubetsky pushed Gruson, who is a quadriplegic, all 26.2 miles finishing with a time of 3 hours, 54 minutes and 25 seconds.Though no world record has yet been recorded for this feat, Guinness World Records set the benchmark at 4 hours flat and the pair are now awaiting official certification.“I just wanted to go out there and enjoy the journey … but we got out there and the crowd was amazing, and we just pushed and gave it everything we had,” Lubetsky told ABC News’ Good Morning America upon finishing the race and meeting the pair’s personal goal. “We broke the world record … but most importantly, we think we showed the world that when two people come together anything is possible.”But before this race, the two had already been doing just that.Gruson became a quadriplegic more than 30 years ago, at the age of 26, when she survived a strangulation attempt while she was working as a journalist. As she was interviewing a Vietnam War veteran, she says he had a post-traumatic stress disorder-related flashback where he believed she was part of the Viet Cong and was trying to kill him. He strangled her and left her for dead in her hotel room.“My whole life changed dramatically in one moment. I couldn’t stop it, but change doesn’t have to be a disaster — it can be an opportunity,” she said.“I was much too stubborn to die,” she said.Gruson lost most of the function of her limbs and her vocal cords after the incident. Her voice is down to a whisper, but she still has much wisdom to share.“We were both victims of the war,” she wrote of her attacker in a New York Times column in 1985. Though traumatic, the attack did not break her, and Gruson went on to work for the newspaper as a news assistant for more than 20 years.Gruson has a passion for adventure and the outdoors, and has found ways to get out and enjoy the world around her. She is a competitive sailor, and has participated in Ironmans, triathlons and countless other incredible feats.She met Lubetsky through a mutual friend and they knew instantly that they had a connection.“We were connected through more than words,” Lubetsky recalled.Together, they founded an organization called ThumbsUp International. According to its website, “ThumbsUp places people in a position to help fellow adaptive/disabled athletes reach their goals.”While one of Gruson’s most defining moments happened at a young age, Lubetsky got her start in running relatively later in life. She ran her first marathon a week before she turned 40 and has been nothing short of a marathon machine ever since.But one race changed her life: the 2013 Boston Marathon, where she experienced the trauma of the bombing with her children — aged 4, 6 and 8 — in the audience.“That was the moment that their innocence was stolen, and it was a moment where I knew, no matter what, that running had to have a bigger meaning than just how fast can I run,” she said. “I had to show my children that no matter what happens in life, when you get knocked down in life, you get back up.”“And that’s how I knew Kerry was sent to me,” Lubetsky added. “Because soon thereafter, we met and started our adventures, and it took on that exact same meaning.”Together, the two women set out to make history at the New York City Marathon. Though they’re waiting for the results to be certified, they take pride in having set and likely achieved their goal, and inspired others to never stop going after their own.According to Gruson, they’ll take on The Great Wall Marathon in China in 2020.“We’ve been told it’s impossible for a disabled person, so we’ll just have to see about that,” Lubetsky said.“We always say step by step, we’ll do it together,” Gruson added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Aon – Tony Pugh has joined the consultancy as head of defined contribution (DC) solutions for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He joined following a 28-year career with Mercer, during which he worked with some of the largest UK companies and DC schemes, Aon said in a statement.NN Investment Partners – NNIP has brought in three new staff for its recently established responsible investment team. Adrie Heinsbroek joined as head of the team, moving from ING Bank Belgium where he was head of sustainability. Faryda Lindeman has joined from Sustainalytics, taking the role of senior corporate governance specialist. Johan van der Lugt is senior ESG specialist, tasked withcoordinating ESG integration into the firm’s investment process.Bouwinvest REIM – The €7.9bn Dutch property investor Bouwinvest has appointed Joanne Roozenburg, Robert Schellekens and Arina van der Wulp as members of the management team of its Office Fund. Roozenburg has been named as senior asset manager for the Amsterdam and Utrecht area. She joined from CBRE Global Investors where she was responsible for part of its Dutch Office Fund. Schellekens has started as senior technical manager, focusing on sustainability and innovation. He has worked as a project leader at several engineering firms, specialising on sustainable buildings and installations. Van der Wulp is a marketeer for commercial property, supporting the Office Fund from Bouwinvest’s marketing and communication team. She joins from Rabo Vastgoedgroep, where she was sales manager and communication adviser.Nordea – Frank Vang-Jensen has been appointed as head of personal banking and country head of Nordea in Denmark. Vang-Jensen will take over from Peter Lybecker, who retires later in 2017. Vang-Jensen comes to Nordea from Handelsbanken in Stockholm, where he worked for 18 years, most recently as chief executive and head of the group. Torben Laustsen will be Nordea’s head of personal banking in Denmark until Vang-Jensen starts work in the role on 16 May. After retiring from Nordea, Lybecker will be available to Nordea’s Nordic leadership team as an executive adviser, the company said.Vanguard – Sebastian Külps has joined the asset manager as head of business development for Germany, a newly created position. He is responsible building Vanguard’s presence in the country. He was previously head of securities at Oddo Seydler Bank.ARC Pensions Law – The UK specialist law firm is to open an office in Leeds in northern England, to be led by new partners Kate Payne and Vikki Massarano. The pair are to join from DLA Piper’s pensions team. The five-person team will be completed by legal director Max Ballad and senior associates Nigel Jones and Robert Walker.Longial – Michael Hoppstädter has been appointed chief executive at the German pensions consultancy, with responsibility for consulting services and sales. He will lead Longial alongside Mark Walddörfer, who is responsible for the pension administration and actuarial business. Hoppstädter has replaced Paulgerd Kolvenbach, a long-serving occupational pensions expert, who retired from the consultancy with effect from 1 January. APG, JLT Employee Benefits, SSgA, Aon, Mercer, NNIP, Bouwinvest, Nordea, Handelsbanken, Vanguard, ARC Pensions Law, DLA Piper, LongialAPG Group – The €443bn asset manager and pensions provider APG has named Wim Henk Steenpoorte as temporary successor of chief operations officer Mark Boerekamp, who is to leave on 1 March. Steenpoorte will take on Boerekamp’s most important tasks and will report to chief executive Gerard van Olphen. APG said Steenpoorte has ample experience as a trustee in both the financial and the insurance sectors. For the past two years he has been working as an independent management advisor and supervisor.According to APG, Boerekamp is to leave as large projects on communication, pensions administration, and ICT are nearing their completion. APG said that, thanks to his assistance, the foundations had been laid for a costs reduction of pensions provision as well as an agile way of operating.JLT Employee Benefits – The UK consultant has hired Mark McNulty as head of investment solutions, leading the company’s fiduciary management arm. He also has oversight for investment consulting. He joins from State Street Global Advisors where he was head of UK business.