MSP inspector running in New York City Marathon for daughter, TSC research and awareness

Posted at 8:20 AM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 10:28:48-04

It's not Matt Bulger's first marathon, but this one might be the most exciting.

"This is a bucket list item for me: New York. So I'm excited to go run," Bulger says with a smile.

The MSP inspector is running for his daughter, Rachel, who was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex when she was only four months old.

Rachel will be on the sidelines cheering her dad on.

"She's excited about being in the city and trying to find me on the course," Bulger explains.

His run is part of an effort to raise money and awareness for TSC to be invested in research.

He says it's only a small gesture for what he's seen people with TSC go through on a daily basis.

"Going to run four hours really doesn't touch on kind of everything that she," referring to his daughter, "has to go through every day."

That includes three to five seizures every day.

That's why he's not letting the terror attack from earlier this week discourage him from getting out there on the course.

"NYPD is an excellent organization. They have a lot of experience with mass gatherings and this kind of thing and I have all the faith in their ability to protect the runners and spectators," Bulger says confidently.

It won't be an easy day, but Bulger is going to take it one step at a time:

"It's a marathon... it's going to be tough," he laughs. "I'm gunning for four hours, you know, we'll see. I've beaten four hours twice, and not beaten it twice. It depends on the course and the crowd. Just kind of in it to have fun and enjoy the race!"

To help Matt's fundraising for TSC, click here.