By Eric Rose
SEATTLE, Washington – Bahamas Information Services photographer Tim Aylen ran The Seattle Marathon, on Sunday November 25, 2007, raising over $17,500 for Aneurysm Outreach Inc., a non-profit organisation based in Louisiana, who are dedicated to mobilizing people and resources to eradicate aneurysms: the condition which recently claimed his father’s life.
“I set myself a challenge earlier in the year to run a marathon and raise money for charity after my father’s passing in 2006 from an abdominal aortic aneurysm,” Aylen said. “I began a training routine in July running on a variety of terrain, such as the Queen’s Staircase, the Paradise Island Bridges, the beach and roads.”
An aneurysm is a bulge of a blood vessel caused by disease or weakening of the vessel wall. Aneurysms most commonly occur in arteries at the base of the brain and in the main artery coming out of the heart. The bulge in a blood vessel can burst and lead to death at any time.
Tim ran the 26.2-mile course in 3 hrs 57 minutes and family, friends, businesspersons locally and abroad and people just wishing to provide support donated the funds.