WESTFIELD, NJ — Max Marchiano completed the New York City Marathon with a time of 4:14.51 on Sunday.

Running 26.2 miles at an average pace of 9:44 per mile is no small feat, but the Westfield native raced the streets for a reason greater than himself. Marchiano, a Marine Corps sergeant, raced in support of Answer the Call, the benefit fund for families of fallen New York City police and firefighters.

“It was an honor to run for that charity, and knowing I was running for a purpose bigger than myself made it that much easier to keep moving forward,” Marchiano told TAPinto Westfield.

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Marchiano raised $1,714 in support of the cause, according to his fundraising page.

“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 on the page.

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

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