Marathon News Service

Bound in the Sisterhood of History

June 07, 2012 at 07:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Jacqueline Marsh (left) and Nina Kuscsik don’t really know each other, but they have history in common: They both ran the six-mile Crazylegs Mini Marathon in 1972, two of the 78 women to enter the first women-only road race in the world.

This morning, holding a vintage T-shirt from that first year as they posed for photos to mark the 40th anniversary of the race now known as the NYRR New York Mini 10K, they bantered like Read More

Categories: Human Interest

"A Special Day" in Times Square

June 07, 2012 at 04:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Running toward the future, 100 young athletes from New York Road Runners youth programs were at center stage yesterday in Times Square, participating in an exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the International Association of Athletics Federations and a century of track-and-field excellence around the globe.

“I am very happy to be here today in one of the world’s most famous places: Times Square, New York,” said IAAF President Lamine Diack in remarks that opened Read More

Categories: Human Interest

5 Things You Should Know About Me: Lindsey Scherf

June 07, 2012 at 04:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

When Lindsey Scherf was growing up in Scarsdale, Edgewood Elementary School held a “Mile Day,” and in fifth grade she beat everyone—girls and boys alike—while breaking the school record. She soon joined the Westchester Track Club, coached by Mike Barnow, and became a dominant national-level junior runner; while competing for Harvard, she broke the American junior record for 10,000 meters when she ran 32:51.20. The horizon was nothing but bright, until a tangled misunderstanding over her refusal Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

National Running Day Off to Fast Start in NYC

June 06, 2012 at 10:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

The fourth-annual National Running Day got off to a fast start this morning in Central Park when (left to right) U.S. Olympian Desiree Davila, NYRR President and CEO Mary Wittenberg and ultramarathon star Scott Jurek led a group run.

Photo Courtesy NYRR  

Categories: Human Interest

Going Head to Head: Still a Place for All-Women’s Race?

June 06, 2012 at 09:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

On June 3, 1972, New York Road Runners staged the world’s first all-women’s road race, the 6-mile Crazylegs Mini Marathon. The event was born into a different athletic world than the one in which women compete today. Title IX was still three weeks away from being enacted, and it had been only six weeks since women had been allowed to officially compete in the historic Boston Marathon for the first time. It would be another Read More

Categories: Human Interest