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    Will Reeve (left) is raising $35,000 for the charity his parents founded, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, as part of his participation in Sunday's race.


    Right: Reeve with his parents in 1997. Photo: Brian Zak/NY Post; Getty Images


    While training for his first-ever marathon, Will Reeve, son of the late “Superman” star Christopher Reeve, didn’t run into many problems.

    He did, however, encounter a tiny dog, which sank its teeth into his ankle when he was running across a private driveway in Maine.

    “A Shih Tzu nipped at my heels and drew blood,” says the 24-year-old, who works as a sports reporter for ESPN. “But I carried on running because it was just a flesh wound.
    “It turned out the dog had all its shots, so now I’ve got a battle scar I wear with pride!”

    Pride is just one of the motivations behind Reeve’s bid to run Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon. The other is to personally raise $35,000 for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the organization set up by his parents, of which he is a board member. The charity provides support for those with spinal cord injuries and raises funds for medical research.

    Westchester resident Christopher became a disabled-rights activist after he was paralyzed in a horse-riding accident in 1995. Will was just shy of 3 years old at the time. Together with his wife, Dana, Christopher raised millions of dollars through the foundation, investing heavily in stem-cell research.
    Tragically, almost a decade after his accident, Christopher, 52, suffered a massive heart attack and died in 2004. Just 17 months later, when Will was 13, Dana, a nonsmoker, succumbed to lung cancer at age 44.

    The orphaned Reeve (who has an older half-brother, Matthew, and half-sister, Alexandra, from his father’s previous relationship with model Gae Exton) was raised by local family friends in Bedford, NY.
    “Everything I do, I try to honor my parents’ legacy,” Reeve tells The Post. “I want to keep their names alive.”
    Modal TriggerWill ReevePhoto: Brian Zak Fifty people will compete under the “Team Reeve” banner on Sunday, including some of Reeve’s pals and his girlfriend.
    Despite being a committed sportsman like his dad — he particularly enjoys basketball, soccer, tennis and golf — Reeve was never into long-distance running.
    But he playfully admits that, for years, he would tell his family and friends at the Reeve Foundation that he would run a marathon “next year.”

    “Finally I realized, ‘What kind of example am I setting when many of the people in the spinal-injury world for whom I advocate would do anything just to be able to step up to the starting line?’ ” he says.
    His training started in earnest in May after phone consultations with professional running coach Mark Zenobia.

    “Mark asks you every question imaginable as it pertains to your physical fitness and mental preparedness to run a marathon,” says Reeve. “I talked with him and said I wanted to do it in an acceptable time [4 hours, 15 minutes], but I [also] just wanted to finish.”
    The pair devised an exercise plan, starting on Memorial Day and finishing on race day, which includes 3- to 6-mile runs during the week and a long run on Saturdays.

    “I don’t run on Fridays, and the longest run I’ve done is 20 miles,” says Reeve, who lives in Soho and trains along the West Side Highway and in Central Park.

    Along with almost daily runs, he lifts weights and cross-trains. “I do the occasional spin class and yoga, but mostly I’ve been focused on running, especially over the summer.”
    Dietwise, Reeve says he has always eaten healthfully.

    “I like to eat whole foods, whole grains and fresh meats,” says Reeve, who tends to order in from healthful places like NYC’s Dig Inn. “I’m obsessed with chicken, and could eat it three times a day.”
    However, he travels frequently due to his roving reporting job for ESPN, and often has trouble finding healthy options in diners and fast-food joints. Still, he enjoys carbs once in a while at spots like Basta Pasta near Union Square.

    “They have this amazing spaghetti with prosciutto that comes out of a wheel of Parmesan cheese, which they roll right up to the table,” he says. “Maybe I’ll go there for my pre-marathon loading of carbs!”
    ‘Everything I do, I try to honor my parents’ legacy. I want to keep their names alive.’
    - Will Reeve on why he’s running in Sunday’s marathon
    After the race, Reeve plans to meet his teammates before heading downtown to see friends at a bar and watch football.

    “I must admit I’m looking forward to a beer or two,” he says.
    So will his passion for running continue post-race? “I’ll tell you on Monday,” he says with a laugh.
    Asked whether he will be thinking about his parents during Sunday’s event, Reeve replies that he will draw inspiration from their memory.

    “Everything they did was the embodiment of courage, bravery and strength,” he says. “Every day was a new fight, a new battle that my parents tackled together.”
    Meanwhile, he doesn’t consider his involvement in the Reeve Foundation a responsibility, but a privilege.
    “My folks instilled great values in me,” he says. “One of the things they taught me from an early age is that when you’re doing something, you’d better go all the way.”

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    I often wondered what happened to Will after both his parents died. He's 24 now, wow! He looks like a good combination of both his parents. Glad to see he's doing so well.

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    he's a total clark kent. they should cast him as the next superman.
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    He comes from great stock. So many tragedies in so little time and he also lost his dad's best friend, Robin Williams.

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    I will sadly admit that I clicked on this to see if his son was hot. He has a bit of a Tom Cruise thing going on in his face. More boyish, where his dad was a bit more chiseled. Anyways, give me three dirty martinis and maybe I'd give it a go.

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    He looks good. Danas death, just 17 months after Christophers - from Lung cancer without ever being a smoker - is still my argument against people who want to tell me that you can get good karma by being a good person. No, Dana Reeves is proof that you don't.

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    Chris was much better looking than all his kids, despite the almost non existent lips. But they're still good looking kids.
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    I followed him on Twitter just now. No shame.


    Seriously though... good on him. I'm happy to see him be successful after losing both of his parents in a short span, at such a young age. I'm still lost without my Mom and I'm an adult.

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    He looked more like his mom in the young picture but I can really see his dad in him now. Glad to hear he's doing well, such a tough break losing both parents like that.
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    Christopher Reeve, my idea of perfection. Will may not be as handsome as his dad, but his parents must have been good ones.
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    Will is a good egg. My cousin played ice hockey with him for years as kids. They're still in touch.

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    A good looking kid, who is very reminiscent of his Dad.
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    Good for him, doing something positive and overcoming so much heartache. Thumbs up.
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    Sarcastic old meany spiderpig teared up reading this. Here is a case of family and friends surrounding a young child, who tragically lost both parents, and guided him into a healthy, rewarding life.

    His parents would be proud - and so would his dad's lifelong friend, Robin Williams.

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    Christopher Reeve’s son rocked his first NYC marathon


    By Jane Ridley

    November 7, 2016 | 1:43pm

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    On Sunday, Will Reeve ran his first New York City Marathon.Photo: Christine DiPasquale Photography


    Like many of the 50,000 runners who competed in Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon, Will Reeve, son of the late “Superman” star Christopher Reeve, hit the so-called “wall” at the 19-mile mark in upper Manhattan.
    “My legs were locked up, and I couldn’t bend my knees,” the handsome 24-year-old tells The Post one day after completing his first 26.2-mile run, in which he competed for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
    Modal TriggerWill ReevePhoto: Brian Zak


    “But there was no way I was not going to finish. Not with the Reeve Foundation emblem on my chest.”
    So far, the ESPN sports news reporter has raised $38,000 for the charity, surpassing his $35,000 goal, and hopes more donations will take him to the $40,000 mark.
    He finished the race in a respectable 4 hours and 36 minutes, wearing a bright orange T-shirt with his name emblazoned across it.
    “It made a huge difference, because strangers were calling out my name and urging me on,” says Reeve. “In every borough, there were people clapping and cheering.”
    Still, he couldn’t help feeling jealous of supporters who were spilling out of the bars situated along the marathon route.
    “I kept telling myself I’d have a beer as soon as it was over,” says the dark-haired athlete, whom we featured in Nov. 1’s Post about his race aspirations.
    He revealed how, every step of the way, he’d be thinking of his parents, who sadly didn’t live to watch him cross the finish line.
    Christopher became a disabled-rights activist and fund-raiser after being paralyzed in a horse-riding accident in 1995. He passed away, via a massive heart attack, nine years later.
    Will’s mom, Dana, a nonsmoker, died just 17 months later after succumbing to lung cancer, leaving an orphaned Will to be raised by family friends.
    “My family was dotted around the route, and it was very emotional every time I saw them,” says Will.
    “They kept me going.”
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