CMC Athlete of the Month: January 2018
Raymond Billings of Londonderry, NH has been named the CMC Athlete of the Month for January. While Raymond may not be the fastest individual on course, he is certainly a contender for having the most heart! To understand what makes him truly special, you have to think back to the 2017 HPM Insurance Snowflake Shuffle. Raymond was just about to complete his first mile when the unthinkable happened and he collapsed, going into cardiac arrest. With the quick thinking of his fellow runners and fast action by paramedics on scene, Raymond’s life was saved. But that’s only the first part of the story…
While most individuals would feel the need to hang it up and take time to recover, Raymond’s fire to return was relentless. A mere two months later, he was already running 9:21 miles at the Northeast Delta Dental Shamrock Shuffle. Raymond kept the momentum going all year, even competing in his first CRAFT Sportswear NH 10 Miler, finishing in a time of 1:57:45! Ray eventually earned his Elliot Millennium Running Series jacket, and finished 23rd in his division in the Northeast Delta Dental Points Chase. As you can see, Raymond not only competed, he ran with a purpose!
Now back to 2018, where Raymond’s story has come full circle. Raymond toed the line at this year’s HPM Insurance Snowflake Shuffle with a fervor to make it to the finish line. He did just that, in a time of 34:45. Ray’s ability to fight through adversity is what makes him one of a kind. We wish the best for your health Ray, and are so happy to see you out there smiling and kicking butt! You truly are an inspiration!
Every month, we recognize and celebrate the achievements of a member of the community. An athlete, as nominated by their peers, will be chosen to be honored as the Catholic Medical Center Athlete of the Month. We are not just looking at those who consistently finish at the front of the pack but also at those who demonstrate exemplary character and are a positive influence on their community. These qualities include, but are not limited to, dedication, commitment, leadership, and perseverance. If you know of someone who you would like to nominate as athlete of the month, please fill out the form.