If you compare everything in life to a movie, as I do, working at NYRR is a lot like being a character in the 80s hit movie St. Elmo’s Fire.
Not familiar with it?
It stars the cast of the ur-80s teen flick The Breakfast Club, give or take a few actors, playing a group of super-close friends just out of Georgetown, living and loving together in Washington D.C.
How does this relate to NYRR? Well, like this:
Our CEO, President, and Race Director of the ING New York City Marathon, Mary Wittenberg, is the Judd Nelson character. In the movie, he’s the leader of the group. Mature, focused, he’s the one everyone looks to for guidance and direction. That’s just like Mary.
I am the Rob Lowe character; brooding and mysterious, a kind of rebel without a cause who plays by his own rules and seduces the ladies with his sensitive eyes and delicate, almost feminine, good looks.
After that, the metaphor gets a little harder to reconcile. But you see the point, right? I encourage you as you meet NYRR people during race week and on race day, to try and figure out which character they are in your favorite movie (or in St. Elmo’s Fire) and then tell them so.
Just remember, there are no Forrest Gump’s here, though, I guess if you think about it, that wouldn’t be so bad, either.
-Web Guy Ed