luke bikingBy Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso

After working for five years as a special education teacher, Luke Cincotta needed a change. “Special ed is a hard job,” he explained. “I got burned out. I still love kids and I volunteer a lot with kids, but I wanted a new career.” He thought about the Navy, but needed to lose 80 pounds before he could meet the fitness requirements. “I did a lot of running,” he said. Now, four years into his position as a Naval cryptological technician, he is still a committed runner. “This job is not physical, it’s an intel job, so I have to keep the running up.” Cincotta frequently signs up for races to keep himself motivated.

“The Marine Corps Marathon was the first one I wanted to do when I started looking at marathons, but it was never the right time,” he said. “I’m really happy it’s lining up this year.” Supporting the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society through his running seemed like a natural choice for Cincotta. “I’ve always heard about the Society, as early as boot camp,” he said. “I feel like it does a lot of good work and it’s something I want to support. When I’m talking with other Sailors and Marines I’ve heard their stories—‘I had hard times and NMCRS supported me.’”

Previously Cincotta has completed the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, in Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park in Northwest Georgia, and twice run the Colfax Marathon in Denver, Colorado. “It’s harder to run in Denver because of the elevation,” he explained. “I’m looking forward to running in Virginia.”

Music is instrumental in Cincotta’s training. “I’m always running, but usually only one or two miles a day. I decided to increase my mileage. I did 50 miles on my bike on Saturday and a 10-mile run on Sunday. Then Monday I did a five-mile run. You have to train your body to get used to that pain. You get the right music—like the White Stripes—and you kind of zone out.”

“Just to finish would be great,” Cincotta said. “I just want to get across the finish line. I’ve got friends out there so it will be good to see them at the finish line. And I heard that all the Marines are lined up at the end. That’ll be great to see.”

To support Luke Cincotta’s efforts on behalf of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, click here:

http://www.nmcrs.org/page/outreach/view/mcm-2016/Cincotta

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