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Matt Long        

17-Year Veteran of the FDNY, Elite Athlete & Author of "The Long Run"

Matt Long has been a competitive athlete his entire life. As a member of his high school basketball team, he was required to run in the Brooklyn/Queens X-country Championships. With no prior running experience, he finished fifth for his school, completing the race in uncomfortable high top sneakers. At Iona College, he competed in their Division I basketball program for which a high level of fitness was mandatory.

Strength and endurance became especially paramount in his life after college when he became a New York City Firefighter. It was around this time he took up distance running and began competing in Ironman triathlons, finishing his first Ironman race in 2005. He then set his sights on qualifying for the Boston marathon by running the ING NYC marathon later that year. With hard work, dedication and persistence, he trimmed 30 minutes off his personal best to run a 3:13, qualifying for the 2006 Boston event.

On the morning of December 22, 2005, Matt Long’s life changed in an instant. He was cycling to work in the early morning when he was struck and run over by a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him to the brink of death. He received 68 units of blood in the first 40 hours after the accident and spent 5 months in the hospital. More than 40 operations later, he finally began a grueling rehabilitation regime. Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process as the physical severities. His doctor had told him he’d be lucky to ever walk again without a cane.

Matt fought through months of fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. His recovery was a miraculous one which included everything from learning to walk again and, a mere three years later, running in the 2008 New York City Marathon. “Running saved my life,” Matt says, and his determination and perseverance has turned him into a symbol of hope and recovery for countless others.

Matt’s story was covered in a wildly popular article in the March 2009 edition of Runner’s World magazine. Matt has since chronicled his life and journey both before and after the accident in his book The Long Run, released in October 2010. Matt has also started the I WILL Foundation which provides coaching, training and financial support to help people overcome adversity and challenges caused by illness or traumatic injury.

Matt’s heartfelt presentation takes listeners through the ups and downs he’s faced throughout his life and is sure to inspire audiences across America. He currently resides in New York City.





In 2005, New York City firefighter, avid marathoner and ironman athlete Matt Long hopped onto his bike to do what he did every day — ride from his East side Manhattan apartment north to the Randall’s Island fire academy where he helped train the city’s bravest. As he crossed 52nd Street, a 20-ton bus made a right turn from the middle lane. The bus didn’t just hit him, it dragged his body completely underneath, where Matt was then quite literally impaled by his bike.

Fireman who almost died is now in buff elite

Firefighter Matthew Long — who survived a horrific collision with a bus while cycling to work during the 2005 transit strike — has gone from the brink of death to one of the world’s fittest men.

Three years after being hit by bus, firefighter Matthew Long's marathon recovery's a miracle

Three years ago, Firefighter Matthew Long was expected to die after he was run down by a bus as he biked to work during the city's transit strike.

Catching Up With Matt Long: Survivor, Firefighter, Ironman and New Author

Many people in New York have heard of Matt Long’s story. Many have also crossed paths with the Long Brothers during their great quest for success in the New York night scene, especially on the Upper East Side. Athletes may have trained with or against Matt in endurance races and on the basketball court, while others may have been directly or indirectly touched by his work as a New York City Fireman.

Matt Long, Iona College Graduate, Firefighter, Motivational Speaker and Author, to Be Keynote Speaker at College’s President’s Club Special Event

Matt Long, a graduate of Iona College (class of ‘89), firefighter, motivational speaker and author, will be the keynote speaker at Iona’s President’s Club special event, Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 pm at the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium, Murphy Center, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle.

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