Whitney Phelps, a sister of the most decorated Olympian of all time, will compete in the ING New York City Marathon on November 4, it was announced on Monday during a training session at The Sport Center at Chelsea Piers.
“I know Whitney loves running,” said Michael Phelps before running a lap with sisters Whitney and Hilary, Jared “The Subway Guy” Fogle , and Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. “[Whitney] is a great runner and always has been; she’s going to have a great time out there. I’m sure she’s going to run fast.”
As the “Official Training Restaurant of the Phelps Family” and a partner of the ING New York City Marathon, Subway challenged the family to have one of its members go for the gold in the race. Whitney Phelps, 32 and the mother of two children, stepped forward. A competitive swimmer while attending the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, she completed the 2009 Baltimore Marathon in 4:28:32, and is hoping to run a personal best in New York.
“These guys helped me get through my career,” said Phelps of his sisters and mother, Debbie, who are all well-known to viewers of the Olympic Games. “So being able to help from the outside and see what Whitney’s preparing herself for at the marathon up here in New York, it’s exciting.”
But, cautioned the owner of 22 Olympic swimming medals, the longest at 400 meters: “It’s something I could never see myself doing.”
Photo: Left to right: Mary Wittenberg, Jared Fogle, Whitney Phelps (in gray), Michael Phelps. Credit: Jason DeCrow/Invision for SUBWAY/AP Images
“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