NYPD cop talks about finishing his 10th New York City marathon

He chased his dream — then did it nine more times.

City police Sgt. Timothy Dowling was the first NYPD officer to make it to the finish line of Sunday’s New York City Marathon — racking up a time of 2 hours, 58 minutes and 9 seconds, race records show.

But this wasn’t his first run across the city.

“This is the 10th finish — the 10th time doing the marathon,” Dowling proudly told The Post on Monday.

The 15-year veteran of the Police Department decided in 2007 that he wanted to try the world-famous 26.219-mile run through all five boroughs.

“Really, I just wanted to do a marathon,” the 37-year-old said. “I kind of just decided I was gonna start, and I started with my first 2-mile run. Trained for the New York City Marathon for about six months, and I completed it.”

That year, Dowling finished in just over 4 hours — and was ready for the next one.

“Once I got bit by the bug, as they say, I just wanted to see self-improvement,” he recalled. “I wanted to break 4 hours the first year, and I didn’t do it, so I said, ‘Next year, I’m gonna try.’”

He ran each consecutive year and was able to shrink his time to under 3 hours before an injury forced him to watch from the sidelines in 2017, he said.

But Dowling, who works in the physical-training and tactics department at the Police Academy, returned to the streets Sunday.

“Being a New York City cop, wearing the NYPD shirt, everybody is just cheering for you,” he said. “No matter what neighborhood you’re going through, everyone is just cheering for the NYPD. That’s pretty powerful, pretty moving.”

Dowling finished more than 10 minutes before the NYPD’s second-fastest runner, according to New York Road Runners records.

Dowling also has already completed six 100-mile “ultra-marathons” — each in under 30 hours.

“It’s a personal thing for me,” he said. “I just push myself to see what I’m capable of.”