Galway man Tommy Holohan has earned himself a place in the record books of the New York City Marathon where he now joins an elite group known as ‘Streakers’ – a title given to anyone who completes 15 or more New York City Marathons.
Over the past number of years, Tommy who is from the Calddagh in Galway has completed 20 New York City Marathon, many of which he participated in to raise funds for local Heart & Stroke Charity Croi.
To recognise this achievement Tommy was recently presented with a token of appreciation from Croi at a small reception attended by his family. Furthermore, on this occasion Tommy received a surprise presentation from an American Lady, Fern Howe Balaun who has been following his fundraising efforts over the years and who came to know Tommy when she began tracing her ancestry back to the Claddagh. Ms Howe Balaun arranged for Tommy to be presented with a very rare and old book on Galway’s famed Claddagh.
Pictured at a special reception to acknowledge the fundraising efforts of Tommy Holohan and his entry into the record books of the New York City Marathon where he is one of only 79 people who have completed the event 20 times, photo shows (left to right): Eddie Holohan and his daughter Katie, Neil Johnson Croi, Tommy Holohan, his grand-daughter Zoey, his wife Maura and son Billy.