Leaders and Team

At NYRR, running is a team sport. Every athlete who crosses the finish line is supported by dozens, if not hundreds of friends and family members. In the same way, everything that we do as an organization represents the efforts of many talented individuals and groups pulling together to turn a shared vision into reality. The core is our staff, 145 strong. Their energy, dedication, and passion match that of the best athletes in the world. They are “A” players who bring their best game to work every day, enabling our success and helping us to fulfill our mission. Every single one is a contributor and a key to our success and ability to fulfill our purpose and live up to our vision. Our team is also supported by thousands of volunteers, multiple New York City agencies led by Mayor de Blasio, our sponsors and partners, and our board of directors. We were thrilled in 2011 when the New York City Marathon was named “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal and honored by the Gabarron Foundation—such recognition motivates us every day to give everyone a reason to run.

Michael Capiraso

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Capiraso, NYRR’s chief operating officer, has contributed significantly to NYRR on many levels since he began working with the organization. In his previous role as executive vice president, operations, administration & strategy, he made a significant impact on the organization while focusing on internal operations, overseeing the Finance, IT, HR, and Strategy & Planning teams and...

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Peter Ciaccia

Chief Production Officer

Peter Ciaccia, NYRR’s chief production officer, has been a key player at NYRR for the past 12 years. Under his leadership, NYRR’s signature events in each borough, such as the Brooklyn Half, have grown significantly, and the TCS New York City Marathon has become the most popular marathon in the world and is broadcast live nationally on ABC/ESPN and in countries around the globe. Ciaccia, who...

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Linda A. Franken

Vice President, Finance and Administration

Linda Franken, who joined NYRR in July 2011 as vice president of finance, brings extensive and broad-based experience in all aspects of accounting, internal controls, business management, and profit improvement initiatives. Both an MBA and a CPA, she has had  great success with start-up and re-engineering financial functions, establishing sound financial and business policy,  and...

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John Gassner

Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

John Gassner joined NYRR in 2013 as Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships. He is a leader with a successful track record of developing events around the world and creating and executing sales strategies that have attracted many of the world’s leading brands.


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James Grooms

Vice President, Legal

Grooms joined NYRR in 2014, following an 11-year tenure as VP, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Prior to that position, he held counsel roles with Standard & Poor’s and ABC Television, as well as an associate position with Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. Grooms was also an adjunct professor for several years at Cornell University’s New York...

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Jim Heim

Vice President, Event Development and Operations

Since joining NYRR in 2007, Jim Heim has been instrumental in the growth and development of key event properties including the TCS New York City Marathon, the NYC Half, and the Brooklyn Half.


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Maria Note

Vice President, Human Resources

Maria Note joined New York Road Runners in May 2012 as Vice President of Human Resources.  She brings 20 years of experience in human resource management of dynamic, emerging companies. Among her goals is to ensure that NYRR is an inspiring place to work, and her own enthusiasm for the position will make that attitude an infectious one. She plays an important role in helping the company achieve...

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Michael Rodgers

Vice President, Development and Philanthropy

Rodgers joined New York Road Runners in April 2013 as Vice President, Development and Philanthropy. Most recently, he was Vice President of Development at the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), where he led an effort to reinvigorate the organization’s development department by combining his fundraising experience with his passion for sports, advocacy, and civic engagement to implement industry...

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Cliff Sperber

Vice President, Youth & Community Services

Cliff Sperber is the Vice President of New York Road Runners' Youth and Community Services division and the leader of the organization’s quest to make running a part of every child’s school day. Beginning as executive director of NYRR Foundation in 2001, he has spearheaded significant growth in the division’s capacity: When the program began, it served about 100...

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Ronnie Tucker

Vice President, Marketing & Digital

Veronica “Ronnie” Tucker joined NYRR in June 2012 and leads the Brand Marketing & Communications department. As the department’s functions continue to evolve, Tucker is poised to provide leadership that will guide the BMC team and play a key role in overall organizational growth. The team’s efforts will build upon NYRR’s recent brand initiative and Run for Life platform...

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Chris Weiller

Vice President, Media and Public Relations

Chris Weiller became NYRR’s vice president of media and public relations in October 2013. He leads a team that creates the company’s media and public relations strategies and manages all of its PR initiatives. Working with this team and with agencies and consultants, Weiller designs and implements all PR plans, media outreach, and press operations for NYRR brand initiatives and marquee...

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Mary Wittenberg

President and CEO, NYRR

As president and CEO of NYRR and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon, Mary Wittenberg is responsible for setting strategy and overseeing the business and operations of NYRR. Pursuing a consistent growth strategy, Wittenberg and her team have elevated NYRR’s prominence and impact as they seek to lead a global running movement by making running more accessible to a broader audience.


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