He lived his dream – then he did nine more times.
Municipal Police Sgt. Timothy Dowling was the first NYPD officer to reach the finish line of the New York Marathon on Sunday – which reached 2 hours, 58 minutes and 9 seconds.
But this was not his first run in the city.
"This is the 10th finish – the 10th time the marathon does," Dowling said with pride at The Post on Monday.
The 15-year-old veteran of the Police Department decided in 2007 that he wanted to test the world-famous 26,219-mile run through the five districts.
"Really, I just wanted to do a marathon," said the 37-year-old. "I had somehow decided to start, and started with my first 2-mile trip." She trained for the New York marathon for about six months and finished it. "
That year, Dowling finished a little over 4 hours – and was ready for the next.
"As soon as I got a bit of the error, as they say, I just wanted to see self-improvement," he recalled. "I wanted to break 4 hours in the first year, and I did not, so I said," Next year, I will try. ""
He ran each consecutive year and managed to reduce his time in less than 3 hours, before the injury forced him to watch from the margin in 2017, he said.
But Dowling, who works in the Physical Education and Tactics Division at the Police Academy, returned to the streets on Sunday.
"Being a New York cop, wearing the NYPD shirt, everyone just yells for you," he said. "It does not matter which neighborhood you are going through, they all just call out for the NYPD. That's pretty powerful, very moving."
Dowling finished more than 10 minutes before NYPD's second fastest runner, according to the New York Road Runners.
Dowling has already completed six "100 mile" overseas – each in less than 30 hours.
"It's a personal thing for me," he said. "I'm just pushing myself to see what I'm capable of."