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"Molly Mania" Brings Pritz Back to NYC

October 31, 2012 at 06:45pm EST | by Kristine Smith, NYRR News Service

Last year, Molly Pritz came here to run the first marathon of her career. She left as the top American finisher, in 2:31:52 and 12th overall.

This year, seeded 21st in her return to the ING New York City Marathon, Pritz intends to better that time. Her training is the best it’s been, she told reporters at Wednesday’s athlete news conference.  “I’ve been training to [run] a 2:27. I’d like to run under that but with Read More

Mayor: ING New York City Marathon Will Go On

October 31, 2012 at 04:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

At a news conference this afternoon, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the ING New York City Marathon would be run as scheduled on Sunday.

“There are tens of thousands of people who come from around the world here to run,” Bloomberg said. “We’ve decided that the marathon will go on.

The announcement came after city and race officials determined that it would be safe to hold the 26.2-mile event in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Bloomberg Read More

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Wittenberg: Event's Focus is on Aiding NYC Recovery

October 31, 2012 at 04:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Declaring that “our whole focus now is on delivering an event that can aid in New York's recovery” from Hurricane Sandy, New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg emphasized Wednesday afternoon that preparations for Sunday’s ING New York City Marathon continue even as the organization and the City of New York remain in assessment mode.

“We will await official decision from the city,” said Wittenberg. “As Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg said last night, the Read More

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Beyond the Stats: Kayoko Fukushi

October 31, 2012 at 08:00am EST | by Dick Patrick, NYRR News Service

Kayoko Fukushi has in independent streak, especially for a star runner in the Japanese corporate system, where the coach wields nearly total control and often makes race and training decisions without consulting the runner.

“I am impulsive—100 percent,” says Fukushi, part of the professional women’s field for Sunday's 4 ING New York City Marathon. “That’s my personality. I’m like that in races, too. I’m trying to learn patience.”

Fukushi’s impulsivity has both hurt and helped her at 26.2 Read More

"I Will Run, and You Will Be There With Me"

October 31, 2012 at 09:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

I’m running my first marathon ever, on behalf of my daughter, Isabella, and to honor her last gift to me as her Daddy, wrote Stuart Santos of Charlotte, NC, in an e-mail to New York Road Runners a few weeks ago.

It was a letter as heartrending to read as it must have been to write.

Isabella Santos was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer that forms in nerve cells, after she started having pain Read More

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“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