Aiden Cooper

I just turned 31 this year and for the past year and a half I’ve been living on South Beach in Miami working as a Sommelier for one of the busiest restaurants in the country, Carbone.

I grew up and have lived my whole life between the mountains out west and the streets of New York City to which the latter I will always call home. Whether I was running ultra marathons in those peaks or now living in Miami slinging wine, I’ll always call 4th Ave up to Flatbush my home and that’s why miles 3-7 of the NYC Marathon mean the world to me. Every step feels like it’s being guided and lifted by the crowds packed in front of the bodegas, the furniture stores, and the barber shops. As someone who lives with mental illness and has loved ones who live with it, the day I get to run 26.2 miles through my home for NAMI-NYC is year in and year out the best day of my life. Here’s to another year!