New York City is a special place for Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce. She’s hoping that Boston will be, as well.
Rothstein-Bruce, 29, placed ninth in the recent NYC Half, in a personal-best 1:10:53, and sixth in the 2012 NYRR New York Mini 10K. She was the first American finisher in both races.
“I was born here, so New York has a special place in my heart,” she said in an NYRR “On the Run” podcast this week. “Every time I have the opportunity to come here to compete I really want to make the most of it.”
The first time Rothstein-Bruce came to NYC was the day before she was born. Her parents were living in North Carolina at the time, but all of her brothers had been born at Lenox Hill Hospital and her mom was determined to continue the trend. So the night before the deliver, she flew back to NYC.
“You should not have been able to get on the plane that much pregnant, but she lied,” said her daughter.
On April 15, Rothstein-Bruce will run the Boston Marathon, her first World Marathon Majors race. Coming off a half-marathon PB that she called “a long time coming,” she is feeling confident. “I’d like to be able to do something big and special there,” she said. “I feel like I’m just getting stronger as the weeks go by.”
For more from Rothstein-Bruce on her racing and how her career has come back to life since she changed her diet after being diagnosed with Celiac disease—some doctors wondered aloud how she was even alive with her ferritin levels so low—click here for Episode 16 of “On the Run.”
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg