Volunteer Stories

Darnley Simon

Darnley Simon has been volunteering with NYRR since 1995 and feeds off of the liveliness of running.  A runner and walker herself, Simon started volunteering by simply handing racers cups of water during the race, but she felt the need to do more to encourage runners.


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Maria Romano

Maria Romano has a new-found passion for running and can’t help but share that passion by volunteering with NYRR.

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Madelyn Carlson

Madelyn Carlson has found a way to combine her passion for running with her fondness for children by volunteering with the NYRR Youth and Community Services.

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Ralph Walter

When Ralph Walter volunteered at the finish line of the 1987 New York City Marathon, he was inspired to run it himself. "I was so caught up with the excitement of the event that in 1988 at the age of 53, I began training and ran the marathon for the first time—and I've run 19 more since then," says the Manhattan retiree. "The last nine marathons I've run as a member of Team...

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Judith Som

A member of the Mercury Masters and a veteran of 14 New York City Marathons, Judith Som has volunteered at NYRR races for more than 30 years. "The team started an adopt-a-race program as a way to give back to NYRR and the community," she explains. The Mercury Masters are comprised of women aged 50 or older, and their philosophy, Som explains, is "If you want something to...

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Michael Printz

Michael Printz first volunteered for NYRR at the New York City Marathon in 2001. "In the aftermath of 9/11, it was important to show the rest of the world that the race would go on as usual," he explains. Printz still enjoys serving; he supervises marshals at weekly races in Central Park and ushers runners from ferries to buses at the start of the ING New York City...

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