Marathon News Service

Wittenberg Cites "Challenging Time" for NYC

October 30, 2012 at 05:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

In the wake of the loss of life and extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, said the organization continues to move ahead with its preparations for Sunday's ING New York City Marathon.

“This is a very challenging time for the people and City of New York," Wittenberg said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon. "The City is rightfully focused on assessment, restoration, and recovery. At NYRR, we stand with Read More

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Wittenberg: "Time On Our Side" With Hurricane

October 29, 2012 at 05:30pm EST | by Kristine Smith, NYRR News Service

Although New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg declared that “time is on our side” for Sunday’s ING New York City Marathon, race officials are taking proactive measures to reschedule pre-race events and to accommodate participants affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Wittenberg, in a media teleconference on Monday afternoon, emphasized that registered runners would be given every opportunity to pick up their bib numbers or, if they are thwarted in their attempts to travel to Read More

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From Ironman to Marathon Man in Three Weeks

October 29, 2012 at 06:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

As they traverse the 26.2 miles from Staten Island to Central Park on Sunday, many runners in the ING New York City Marathon will look around and compare themselves to the other 47,000 in the race. “He looks faster than I am, she looks fitter than I am, I’m gaining on the one in the red, that guy looks like he just did Ironman last month … ”

An exaggeration? Not if you’re running near Rob Read More

ESPN Anchors Eager to Convey Live Drama of ING New York City Marathon

October 29, 2012 at 11:45am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Calling it “the world’s premier road race,” ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Anderson indicated in a media teleconference on Friday that returning the ING New York City Marathon to live national television is a major step for the event.

“It stamps it in the public’s mind as [they] watch it that it is a world-class sporting event,” said Anderson, who will do the play-by-play of the race. “To do it live, the energy that brings to the Read More

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Beyond the Stats: Wilson Kipsang

October 28, 2012 at 10:15pm EST | by Dick Patrick, NYRR News Service

The most significant news about Wilson Kipsang after September’s Great North Run wasn’t that the Kenyan won the half-marathon in Newcastle, England, with a dramatic surge in the final 50 meters. Nor was it that he ran 59:04, the No. 2 time in course history and just five seconds off his personal best.

The biggest significance is that Kipsang pronounced himself recovered from his third place in the London Olympic Marathon in mid-August. He now sets Read More