Lots of marathon news from around the running world.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll series announced a batch of changes for the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon after runners stormed social media with gripes about the 2013 race.
A large group of races have gotten new sponsors, including the New York City Marathon and 13.1 Marathon Series.
And the TCS New York City Marathon lottery application is officially open.
You complained. They heard.
Runners praised some aspects of the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon in Washington, D.C.: the course, expo, race shirts, medals and post-race food.
But they also took to Facebook, Twitter and other sites to complain of long waits at bag check, unmanned and disorganized water stations, and a chaotic finish, among other grievances.
Now the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon website reads: “We listened. We learned.”
Rock ‘n’ Roll’s spokesperson gave me the scoop on the changes for this Washington, D.C. race. Read it at my column on The Washington Times Communities.
The 2013 ING New York City Marathon was the largest in the history of the sport with 50,266 finishers. And if you want to be a part of the 2014 race, now is the time to apply.
The event has a new website, tcsnycmarathon.org, along with a new sponsor, Tata Consultancy Services, and with it, a new name: the TCS New York City Marathon.
More than 100,000 runners are expected to sign up for the 2014 lottery. Runners can apply now through March 18 to run in the 44th edition of the race on November 2, 12014. Entrants will be chosen through a random drawing in 2014.
Volunteers can also apply now through July 31. Approximately 12,000 volunteers will help run the event.
Read more at The Washington Times Communities.
New race sponsorships were lighting up the running boards all year long. The New York City Marathon, Philadelphia Marathon, L.A. Marathon and Ironman World Championship all got new title sponsors in 2013.
But now, a new kind of company is getting into the title sponsorship running race. Michelob ULTRA will be the new title sponsor for the 13.1 Marathon Series of seven half-marathons around the U.S., organized by US Road Sports & Entertainment Group.
Michelob ULTRA—the low-carb, low-calorie beer that owner Anheuser-Busch has marketed to runners, cyclists, and golfers—is already the official beer of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. Now it’s taking over the 13.1 Marathon Series too.
One perk of the new partnership? Runners 21 and older will get a beer at the finish where state law allows it.
The full story is in my column at The Washington Times Communities.