Thousands of people, from amateurs to world class runners, will trek across the five boroughs Sunday, November 6 in the New York City Marathon.
One of those people, making his first attempt at pounding the pavement for 26.2 miles, is WPLJ morning show executive producer Joe Pardavila.
“I’ve cut Doritos, Twinkies, and Mountain Dew from my diet, so I should be ready to go,” Pardavila says. “I also run about 10 miles a day, so that should help too.”
But for Pardavila, who works closely with Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill and is affectionately known as “Monkey Boy,” this was more than good excuse to diet.
“I’m running in the memory of my father, Arturo, who passed away 6 years ago after [a] long battle [with] Huntington’s disease,” Pardavila says. “I’m doing anything I can to raise awareness and money for the cause.”
To that end, he is seeking donations for his marathon run. Those interested can get more details at: http://www.crowdrise.com/MONKSMARATHONRUN/fundraiser/pljmonk
Pardavila was been with Scott and Todd on WPLJ since the mid 1990s (this is their 20th year together) as associate producer. He was promoted to his current position in 2004.