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Run with Meb Keflezighi at TCS New York City Marathon

Run with Meb Keflezighi at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

Meb Keflezighi runs the 2014 Boston Marathon to victory. (Gr5/Wikimedia via CC-BY-SA-3.0)

I told you about chances to run with Meb Keflezighi in both New York and San Diego earlier this year. Here’s another.

Meb Keflezighi will be back in New York on November 2, 2014. The 2009 New York City Marathon champion and 2014 Boston Marathon champion is running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon as a Team for Kids Ambassador. (I’ll be covering the race once again as host of NYRR On The Run.)

You may not be able to run with him, but you can join Team for Kids, along with pro tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, the 2014 Istanbul Cup winner who ranked first worldwide in 2010 and 2011.

“Meb will highlight a world-class field of athletes competing for the marathon title, while Caroline will join thousands of runners raising critical funds for worthy charities,” said Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, in a press release. “They’ll serve as inspirations to the 50,000 runners and millions of fans lining the streets of the city’s five boroughs and watching the race broadcast around the world.”

As Team for Kids Ambassadors, Keflezighi and Wozniacki will take part in Team for Kids activities during race week and help raise money for New York Road Runners’ youth running programs. Money raised by Team for Kids participants goes toward free and low-cost health and fitness programs for kids who would otherwise have limited access to regular exercise. NYRR’s programs reach more than 200,000 children each year in more than 800 schools and community centers in New York City, the U.S., and the world. More than 1,700 Team for Kids runners will raise an estimated $4.5 million this year. Keflezighi will also be raising money for his own The MEB Foundation, which promotes youth health, education and fitness. Read the rest of this entry →


07 2014

On The Run at the ING New York City Marathon Ep. 1

The first episode of On the Run at the 2013 ING New York City Marathon is live!

This episode includes a look back at the runners who helped at Staten Island, an insider glimpse at New York’s fastest lady, and a conversation with a spirited drummer from Harlem who will play to the cadence of 45,000 runners.

Plus, one wheeler pushed 3,000 miles across America and another runner is hoping to become the race’s oldest finisher—at 93-years-young.

All these stories and more in this episode of “On The Run.”

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Buzunesh Deba prepares for the ING New York City Marathon. (Photo: On The Run/NYRR)

Stay tuned for another episode tomorrow!


10 2013

2013 ING NYC Marathon: Last Chance To Apply

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Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the ING New York City marathon. (Photo: Fergal Carr, via Creative Commons)

Time is ticking to apply for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon lottery. Runners have until 11:59 p.m. EST on May 24 to apply for one of the 47,500 spots in the race on Sunday, November 3. Runners who have a guaranteed entry must also claim their spot by May 24.

New York Road Runners, the organization that puts on the event and one that I freelance for as host of On The Run, will choose participants from the lottery on May 29 through a random draw.

Last year, more than 140,000 people applied for approximately 47,000 starting spots on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, most of which were already allocated to runners who gained bibs through one of the ING NYC Marathon’s guaranteed entry programs: running for charity partners, international travel partners, meeting a qualifying standard, completing NYRR’s 9+1 program, being denied by the lottery the previous three consecutive years, or running the race more than 15 times. Just 15,000 runners gained entry through the lottery, up from 9,000 people in 2011. Read the rest of this entry →


05 2013

An Emotional Run For Boston At Run For The Parks

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Many runners wore Boston sports gear at the Run For the Parks race in Central Park. (Photo:

Over 6,000 runners took to the roads of New York City’s Central Park on Sunday to run for Boston at the City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks 4-Miler.

The annual event was New York Road Runners’ first race after the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, so the organization, which puts on the ING New York City Marathon, transformed the event into a run for Boston.

Thousands of the runners donned blue “I Run For Boston” shirts, which NYRR provided to participants who gave a $20 donation to The One Fund Boston for families most affected by the attack.

Others wore black ribbons, “I Run For Boston” bibs, Boston Marathon shirts and jackets, and an assortment of Boston fan gear including Red Sox baseball caps, Celtics jerseys and Bruins shirts.

My husband and I were among them, dressed in our “I Run For Boston” shirts, “I Run For Boston” bibs and black ribbons. Read the rest of this entry →


04 2013

New York Runners! Help Finish the East River Greenway

For all of us who run in New York City, the public green spaces like Central Park, Prospect Park, and the Greenway that rings Manhattan are lifesavers. But on the East Side, from 38th Street to 60th Street, the Greenway still hasn’t become a reality. As an East Sider, I have long lamented this gap and envied the West Side for their continuous esplanades and rec lanes as I’ve literally run rings around the city.

On Tuesday, September 20, we the people have a chance to make our voices heard and help finish the Greenway. New York Road Runners’ President and CEO Mary Wittenberg has written an open letter to New York’s runners to help get the job done. Let’s make our voices heard and finish the Greenway! As runners who log countless miles around the island, we’ll all benefit from this–not just the residents of the East Side.

Dear East Side Runners,

You have the opportunity to affect change on the East Side of Manhattan. This Tuesday, September 20, is the final public forum for the East Side Open Space project, which could help runners, especially East Side residents, so I have to tell you about it.

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09 2011

Emmanuel Mutai, Martin Lel will run ING NYC Marathon

Emmanuel Mutai won the 2011 London Marathon with a new course record. Photo by EStepnist/FLickr.

The ING New York City Marathon is the world’s biggest marathon. It’s no wonder the race attracts some of the world’s biggest names in running. Emmanuel Mutai, Martin Lel, and Jaouad Gharib will join defending champion Gebre Gebremariam and 2009 champion Meb Keflezighi in the race on November 6.

Kenya’s Lel, 33, won the ING New York City Marathon in 2003 and 2007, and will be returning to the race for the first time since that 2007 victory. He also won the Virgin London Marathon in 2003, 2007 and 2008, and placed fifth at the 2008 Olympics. After battling two years of injuries he came back with a second place finish in the 2011 Virgin London Marathon in April, losing to none other than Emmanuel Mutai. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2011

Sammy Wanjiru, World Marathons Majors and Olympic Marathon Champion, Dead at 24

Sammy Wanjiru runs to gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Photo by 正在休渔期.

The reigning Olympic marathon and World Marathon Majors champion, Sammy Wanjiru, died Sunday in a fall from a second-floor balcony in his home in Nyahururu, Kenya in the Rift Valley.

Varying reports have circulated calling his death a suicide and an accident. All accounts center on a dispute between Wanjiru, his wife and another woman.

“The fact of the matter is that Wanjiru committed suicide,” national police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said to The Associated Press.

But local police chief Jasper Ombati gave the AP a different interpretation of the events. Read the rest of this entry →


05 2011

Rescued Miner Peña Will Run New York City Marathon

Edison Peña, center, ran every day while trapped in the mine. Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile.

Edison Peña, the rescued Chilean miner known as “The Runner,” will run the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, Universal Sports reports.

New York Road Runners, which organizes the race, invited Peña to New York as their special guest after president and CEO Mary Wittenberg heard about his extraordinary efforts to stay fit and sane while trapped with 32 other men in a gold and copper mine near Copiapo, Chile. Read the rest of this entry →


11 2010

Chilean Miner Gets Invite to ING New York City Marathon

Rescued Chilean miner Edison Peña could be on his way to the ING New York City Marathon. Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile.

He ran through dark mine tunnels a half-mile underground. Day after day, for 69 days, he ran to stay sane–anima sana in corpore sano. “A sound mind in a sound body” is the motto of ASICS, one of the sponsors of the ING New York City Marathon. Now Edison Peña could be running the world’s most famous marathon. Read the rest of this entry →


10 2010

Fun Run: Sometimes It’s Fun Not To Race

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Photo by Mike Baird

On Saturday in New York City, Great Britain’s Paula Radcliffe and the U.S.’s Kara Goucher will both run the NYRR New York Mini 10K, the world’s oldest women’s race. Radcliffe is the marathon world record holder and Goucher is an Olympian and up-and-coming marathoner who has placed third in the NYC and Boston marathons.

They’re running the Mini—but not racing it. Both five months pregnant and due on the same day in September, the superstars and friends have decided to treat the historic event as a fun run.

“It’s an excuse for us to get together; a chance to hang together before we get too pregnant to travel,” Goucher told The New York Times. “We are really just running it for fun. Not racing.”

Running a race for fun without “racing” it, is one of the many joys of running. It allows you to soak up all the energy of the community while getting in good run, and it’s way better than slogging out a tempo or other training run by yourself. It’s a great way to run with friends, and it’s also an excellent exercise in restraint. Forcing yourself to hold back—which can be hard amongst the excitement—is good training for your next big race. Read the rest of this entry →


06 2010

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