Peter Ciaccia, NYRR’s President, Events and TCS New York City Marathon Race Director, has been a key player at NYRR for over 17 years. The foundation of NYRR is its events, and Ciaccia’s commitment to deliver the best possible experience to runners, fans, and communities has been his guiding principle over the years. He has been instrumental in the redesign and production of NYRR’s events with a focus on raising the logistical integrity, increasing entertainment, and developing new approaches to enhance the overall race-week experience. During his tenure, the number of race finishers has grown 40%, including such events as the United Airlines NYC Half, the Popular Brooklyn Half, and the TCS New York City Marathon—which has become the most popular and largest marathon in the world. He oversees the broadcast production of several marquee races, including the marathon, which are carried nationally on ABC7/ESPN and delivered to a number of international markets. As Race Director, Ciaccia is responsible for the recruitment of all professional athletes in NYRR’s major races, and is actively directing a “Clean Sport” educational initiative to address the issues of doping in the sport.
Under Ciaccia’s leadership, NYRR’s impact in each of the city’s boroughs has deepened with the development of NYRR Open Run, a program that offers free weekly community-based runs and walks, and with the creation of more opportunities for youth runners to participate in NYRR races. He is responsible for piloting NYRR’s first-ever Youth Wheelchair Training Program, which has garnered resounding support from the professional wheelchair racing community and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.
He maintains close working relationships with city, state, and federal officials on all matters pertaining to NYRR events, and holds certifications in FEMA and ICS planning. Ciaccia is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Center for Spectator Sports Security, and was instrumental in developing the safety and security council for marathons and road racing in the United States. He was a key contributor to NYRR being awarded the SBJ Sports Event of the Year for the 2010 New York City Marathon, and was named one of New York City’s “Responsible 100” and one of Runner’s World’s “50 Most Influential People in Running."
Ciaccia, who previously held the titles of Chief Production Officer and Technical Director of the TCS New York City Marathon, oversees areas including Event Development, Broadcast and Video Production, Media Relations and Public Affairs, Professional Athletes, Volunteer and Community Engagement, Rising New York Road Runners Youth Events, and the Athletes with Disabilities programs. Prior to joining NYRR, Ciaccia held executive positions in the music industry for CBS Records, Inc., and Sony Music Entertainment. For 10 years, he was the owner, president, and CEO of PC Management, Inc., a firm that specialized in artist development and international touring.
Raised in the Bronx, Ciaccia attended the City University of New York-Herbert H. Lehman College, where he received a degree in music and education, and was awarded the Charles H. Hughes Award for Theory and Musicology. He also has an SCPS Certification in Sports, Entertainment & Events Marketing from New York University. Ciaccia has a lifetime passion for cross-training and fitness and has completed numerous races from 5Ks to ultramarathons all over the world.
You are guaranteed to see Ciaccia at the finish lines of most NYRR races, greeting and thanking all the runners—from the first to the final finisher.