WESTFIELD, NJ — An infantryman in the Marines, physical activity is a part of Max Marchiano’s everyday duties, but that’s not stopping him from training for an upcoming marathon.

When Marchiano learned his brother would be running in the New York City Marathon, the 25-year-old Westfield man decided to run with him and do it for a worthy cause.

Next month, Marchiano will race in support of Answer the Call, the benefit fund for families of fallen New York City police and firefighters.

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“It’s important to let those widows and children know that they’re not alone,” Marchiano said in a phone interview from his overseas deployment.

A 2012 graduate of Westfield High School, Marchiano said that even though he is in decent running shape, he still found a training plan for his upcoming 26.2-mile race. “I’m basically running on eight weeks notice,” Marchiano said.

On his fundraising page, Marchiano explains that the New York Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund helps families of fallen firefighters and police officers know that their loved ones’ sacrifices are not forgotten.

“Volunteering to serve and protect, when knowing your job does not guarantee safety, is an enormous act of not just courage but of unselfishness,” Marchiano writes.

The New York City Marathon is set for Sunday, Nov. 3. To donate to Marchiano’s effort, visit this link.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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