Jorge Torres Overcomes Loss, Returns To New York

Despite his personal tragedy, Jorge Torres returns to New York on Sunday.

Despite his personal tragedy, Jorge Torres returns to New York on Sunday. Photo: Photorun.net

The former University of Colorado standout and 2:13 marathoner lost his longtime coach and mentor, Greg Fedyski, in a car crash last year, but is returning to the ING New York City Marathon this year reinvigorated.

In the same horrific crash, Torres’ mother was injured, suffering a skull fracture.

“The accident affected me quite a bit, more than I thought,” Torres said. “I was kind of lying to myself, saying that it wasn’t affecting me and that I was training well. But how could it not be a distraction when you’re wondering if your mom is going to be all right and when you lose somebody close to you for the first time?”

While other top-seeded American runners like Dathan Ritzenhein, Shalane Flanagan, and Meb Keflezighi are in the spotlight, Torres has kept a low profile. And besides the loss of his coach and the injury of his mother, Torres’ training group under former marathon world-record holder, Steve Jones, disintegrated last year.

Still, Torres has put in the miles for New York and hopes to do well there.

“I have a twinkle in my eye that I would like to win the race. But if I improve on last year’s spot, at least I know I am heading in the right direction,” he said.

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