NYRR On The Run Episode 5: U.S. Distance Running

As the East coast braces for Hurricane Sandy, marathon preparations are under way in New York City. The city is expecting storm surge and possible flooding; some areas near the course could be affected. But the storm should be gone by marathon morning on Sunday, Nov. 4, when the streets will be flooded with people.

This week’s episode of NYRR On the Run takes a look back at the 2011 ING New York City Marathon to help getting runners pumped for this year’s event.

But we also explore the state of U.S. distance running. Meb Keflezighi, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Matt Centrowitz, Leo Manzano, Galen Rupp, Jenny Simpson and more pro runners weigh in, along with Sharon Eckstrom of marathonguide.com.

Visit ontherun.nyrr.org to watch all past episodes and individual segments.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


10 2012

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    Another good show Karla. Hope you’re not having too many problems with Sandy and also that the marathon goes ahead (have friends running) – looks pretty bad with the flooding of the subways & streets.
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    Karla #

    Thanks, Ewen! I think the marathon will still forge ahead this weekend. Most of the course is outside the flood zones, but the subways are another problem. We’ll see!

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      I was stunned to see it was cancelled this morning — understandable but wish they’d done so earlier. What chance of it being rescheduled for early December say, when things are back to normal?
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        Karla #

        Agreed. I think rescheduling would be a Sisyphean task. Planning the marathon takes an entire year. To put all the moving parts back into place in a few weeks might actually be impossible. It would be nice, but not likely to happen. I guess we’ll see how the next few weeks play out.