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Christopher Reeve's son will run first NYC marathon for late dad

Alexandra (L) and Matthew Reeve (R) arrive with their half brother Will Reeve (C) for the memorial of Will's mother, Dana Reeve, in New York, April 10, 2006.

Alexandra (L) and Matthew Reeve (R) arrive with their half brother Will Reeve (C) for the memorial of Will's mother, Dana Reeve, in New York, April 10, 2006.  (REUTERS/Keith Bedford)

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.

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“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.

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