Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone ran the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, raising almost $11,000 for a veterans charity and promoting next year's first Suffolk Marathon.
Bellone finished the marathon, his first, in 4 hours, 47 minutes.
"My legs feel terrible, but I feel great," Bellone, 45, said in a telephone interview after the race.
He plans to also run in the first Suffolk Marathon, which the county is sponsoring, on Sept. 13, 2015. "But I won't make any commitment after that one," he said.
He raised $10,500 for the nonprofit Hope for the Warriors. The group serves post-9/11 service members, their families and families of those who have died or suffered injuries in the line of duty, according to the group's website. He wore a Suffolk Marathon shirt in the race.
Bellone lost 59 pounds between December and October, when he said he started running and eating healthier. He attributed his prior "county executive weight" to the stress of the first two years on the job.
Back in December, he set a goal for himself to run in the marathon. "For me, it's a long road from nine months ago, where I was," he said.
He planned to have a big pasta dinner with his wife in New York City Sunday night.
Also running in the marathon from the county government were Suffolk police Det. Kenneth Bombace, 44, president of the Suffolk County Police Veterans Association, and Justin Meyers, 29, the assistant deputy county executive in charge of communication. Bombace finished in 3 hours and 42 minutes. Meyers finished in 5 hours, 50 minutes.