Southern Tier Running Community Honors Noah Farrelly's LegacyPosted: Updated:
Noah Farrelly will forever be remembered by New York high school running community as an impressive athlete, a gracious competitor, and a great friend.
"He was someone who took a lot of pleasure in his success and the success of others," said Coach David Cody.
Binghamton High School's track and cross country teams will remember him for his dedication, athleticism, and positivity. During track season, Farrelly would practice sprints with the track team, and keep up during their workouts, much to the dismay of his distance teammates. By the end of his high school career, Farrelly was a decorated Southern Tier Athletic Conference All Star in 2015 and 2017, a 2018 Section IV indoor and outdoor track champion, and a four time state meet qualifier. Despite all of his athletic success, Coach Cody reiterated his humility and desire to be a great competitor.
"He was the kind of guy you wanted to race, wanted to compete with," said Dan Gahagan, former Corning distance star and current Binghamton University distance runner. It was always competing with never competing against."
The two were set to take their Section IV rivalry to the America East, as Farrelly committed to Stony Brook around the same time Gahagan signed his NLI with Binghamton. Their paths unfortunately never crossed.
Gahagan was a part of a group chat with runners from across New York State who decided to put together a GoFundMe as a small way to help out the Farrelly family. Their $10,000 goal was met in 19 hours, and doubled in nearly 48.
Now, current and former teammates are planning a 5K in his memory which is scheduled to take place sometime in the spring.
The Farrelly family will be hosting a Celebration of Life for Noah on December 21 that is open to the public.
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