The Season Approaches…

August 21, 2009

It’s late August now and hot (and humid) in NYC. Central Park got hit with a strange thunder/wind storm that felled hundreds of decades old trees. And the just completed NYC Half featured dominating performances by Paula Radcliffe and Tadese Tola.

As a backdrop to all of this, preparations for the ING New York City Marathon continue. If you haven’t been lately, visit the official website, ingnycmarathon.org. We’ve posted new information about the start, the course, the expo, and lots more.

The participant handbook is here; the TV/Internet broadcast schedule here.

As we head into the Labor Day, brush up on your marathonese and start to get excited. Fall is almost upon us. ING New York City Marathon season approaches…

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Join the Official ING New York City Marathon Facebook Group

January 14, 2009

It’s here.

A place to meet-up with other runners, ask questions, join discussions, etc. Good fun!


Look for a New Website in 2009

January 12, 2009

The ING New York City Marathon website is here.

We’re going to bust out a new design this year around the time when we launch the marathon lottery application in mid-February or so. Don’t hold me to an exact date…

At any rate, we’ve got a lot of good stuff planned, but at the moment it’s all under wraps. More info soon. In the meantime, enjoy a few of the videos from last year’s race.


November 2: My Favorite “Holiday”

October 16, 2008

A friend of mine–a longtime Brooklyn resident–once told me that the first Sunday in November is her favorite holiday in New York City.

Huh?

“It’s the Marathon,” she explained. “It’s a holiday–everyone in the city celebrates.”

I’ve come to agree with her (though, of course, over the past seven years that I’ve been an employee of NYRR, it’s never been a day off from work–quite the opposite!). There is so much to celebrate on Marathon Sunday–first and foremost 39,000 people from around the world running their dream, but so much more besides: the breathtaking geography and diversity of NYC itself, the history of an event that grew from nothing to the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet, and fans everywhere along the route (and viewing and logging on around the world) cheering their hearts out for hours and hours.

And for me, here at NYRR, the marathon is also a celebration of what is possible with vision and teamwork. I could go on and on in praise of my awe-inspiring NYRR colleagues, who from now until November 2 will be working around the clock (literally) to make the marathon happen. We all turn into crazy people who wake up in the middle of the night with thoughts like, “Wait, are we absolutely sure that we updated the web bio of Ludmila Petrova to reflect the fact that she turned 40 on October 7?” and rush to our computers or BlackBerrys to fire off a message to correct the detail. Somehow it all comes together on November 2, when the real work begins for 39,000 runners. It’s something to celebrate!

– Gordon