Archive for the ‘Marathon’ Category

Top 5 New York City Area Running Milestones of 2012

December 31, 2012
  1. Jullie Culley is the USA Olympic Trials 5,000  Meter Champion and reaches the Olympic 5,000 meter finals. Julie also ran a 5,000 meter personal best 15:05.38 in the Olympic 5,000 meter semi-finals. It was unfortunate Julie wasn’t able to make her marathon debut at the NYC Marathon this November.
  2. Edward Cheserek Repeats as Foot Locker Cross Country Champion –  During the High School cross country, indoor and outdoor track seasons all you hear about is Ed Cheserek setting a record somewhere. Adding to his storied St. Benedict’s prep career, on December 4, 2012 Ed became the fourth boy’s repeat cross country champion.
  3. Brooklyn Marathon –  In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New York City was faced with 2012 being the first year since 1970 that the NYC Marathon would not be held.  NYCRuns’s Brooklyn Marathon saw that there would be a marathon run in New York City every year since 1970.
  4. NYRR Mini 10K 40th Anniversary – The first Mini 10K had taken place on June 3, 1972 as the Crazylegs Mini Marathon, an all woman race to promote equality in sports.  The race’s popularity had grown over the years to attract top talent from around the world. In 2012 the Mini had 6,122 finishers and honored women who had run the race repeatedly over the years.
  5. Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. – Fifth Avenue Mile Victory – Matt “Centro” Centrowitz, Jr. is the son of notable NYC runner and coach Matt Centrowitz, Sr. In September Matt, Jr. made his Fifth Avenue Mile debut defeating 2011 winner Bernard Lagat and 2012 Olympic 1,500 meter silver medallist Leo Manzano.  Watch Matt’s run to victory in this video.

NYRR Announces Cancelled Marathon Resolution

December 20, 2012

Just in time for the Mayan Apocalypse, NYRR announces their cancelled marathon resolution. The options are 1) Refund, 2) Guaranteed entry into the 2013, 2014 or 2015 NYC Marathon, or 3)Guaranteed entry into the 2013 NYC Half. Runners that select guaranteed entry for the marathon or half will need to pay the full entry price. No credits or discounts will be offered for the guaranteed entry option.

NYRR’s resolution is fair. Those runners that live far away and spent a lot of money on travel to NYC, can recoup some of their money spent with the refund. The guaranteed entry option for the marathon and half is a very good solution too. It saves runners the time and money they would have to spend qualifying for the marathon or half.  Plus the marathon streakers can keep streaking!

What option would you chose? Please discuss in the comments.

About NYRR’s 9+1 Announcement for the Cancelled Marathon

December 9, 2012

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, NYRR sent the following statement in an email to it’s members stating the cancelled 2012 NYC Marathon will count as a 9+1 qualifying race. 

Cancelled 2012 ING New York City Marathon Will Count as 9+1 Qualifying Race

We thank you for your patience as we continue to work through issues related to the cancellation of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. This work is ongoing and we will update you on any developments as soon as possible.

At this time we’d like to share with you that as an NYRR member, you will receive 9+1 race qualifying credit for your entry into the marathon.

Please check your NYRR member profile starting December 11 to ensure that you’ve received the credit; e-mail us if you have any concerns. (Note: The 9+1 program is for NYRR members only; full details can be found here.)

This does not mean runners will only be receiving 9+1 credit for the cancelled marathon. According to NYRR the matter has not been resolved.  In a response from NYRR on December 6, a NYRR representative statedMore specifically, any further decisions related to any other issues or questions are still pending.”  It appears that NYRR is still working on a resolution to satisfy the runners of the cancelled 2012 NYC Marathon. I’m certain the last thing NYRR wants is to deal with is a mob of angry runners.

What I don’t understand is the timeliness of the 9+1 statement.  It would have been nice if NYRR would have sent the 9+1 credit email sooner after the marathon was cancelled. Because I was under the impression I would not be receiving 9+1 credit and it had caused me to change my plans.  I had registered for the Las Vegas Marathon, cancelled volunteering for the 60K and did not register for 2 additional to reach 9 for the year. So I am out of luck with 9+1 qualifying for the 2013 NYC Marathon.

Videos: 2012 Brooklyn Marathon

November 18, 2012

The start of the 2012 Brooklyn Marathon. There were 443 finishers this year.


Ben Leese wins in 2:37:10. Bill Walkowicz second 2:38:08, Alexander Walsh third 2:38:18. NYCRuns.com

Samantha Bower is the 2012 female winner in 3:04:44. Not in video are Helen Dole second 3:10:12, Helen Ortiz third 3:14:27.

Brooklyn Marathon Results at NYCRuns.com

Top 10 USA Men’s Marathon Rankings

October 11, 2012

In a Kenyan and Ethiopian dominated sport, American marathoner Meb Keflezighi has made the top 20 with an impressive ranking of 17. Dathan Ritzenhein is the only other American to crack the top 100. Hopefully we’ll see Ritz continue to climb up the rankings list. Ritz appears to be back on track and has finally broken through as a marathoner runner at Chicago.

Ranking Athlete
17. Meb Keflezighi
66. Dathan Ritzenhein
162. Abdi Abirahman
206. Brett Gotcher
217. Jeff Eggleston
257. Ryan Vail
316. Ed Moran
323. Ryan Hall
324. Sean Quigley
343. Andrew Carlson

Source: http://www.all-athletics.com/current-rankings?evtg=21

2011 Brooklyn Marathon

November 22, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011 will be remembered as the inaugural running of the “other” marathon in New York – the Brooklyn Marathon. 262 runners completed the 26.2 miles course in Prospect Park on a beautiful sunny day. Every runner was more than thrilled to be participating in the first Brooklyn Marathon. Even with having to run six laps around Prospect Park. It truly was an exciting and memorable day in New York running and the runners felt it. I had the opportunity to be in charge of the course marshals. We had a great group of course marshals. They did not want to be relieved even after hours of standing out on the course. The course marshals stayed out there cheering on the runners. That was awesome. The best part of running an inaugural marathon is that two runners have the chance to become the first male and female finishers in the events’ history and set the course records. The first runner to cross the finish line and male winner was John Paul Montes, 24, Carroll Gardens, 2:43:13. The first woman finisher was Kelly Gillen, 29, New York, 3:14:20.

2011 Brooklyn Marathon Results

Interview with Marathon Runner Chris Pannone

May 16, 2011

Chris Pannone 2011 Boston MarathonChris Pannone, 25, is a New Jersey native and a former runner for the University of Colorado. Since graduating in 2008, Chris has become a familiar name at the top of the results of the local races. He runs for the New York Athletic Club and works full time for Generation UCAN. Chris finished 20th overall at the 2011 Boston Marathon with a personal best 2:18:05. His time qualifies him for the Olympic Marathon Trials which will be held in Houston January 2012.

East River Runner: It seems like just yesterday you were a college runner winning the local races. What has the post-college transition been like

Chris Pannone:  The post college transition wasn’t easy at first. I wasn’t quite used to training on my own but in time I learned to like it. The most difficult part of the transition was balancing my running with working full time. After a few months, I became used to the routine.

ERR:  This year you had finished 20th overall at the 2011 Boston Marathon, how do you feel about your performance

CP:  My goal was to be in the top 20 and run under 2:18. You can’t be too greedy with your performances in the marathon. A lot can go wrong out there. Although I was a few seconds slower than what I had hoped for, I pr’d and was pleased with the performance.

ERR:  How does it feel to be on the starting line with many of the world’s top runners?

CP:  I always feel very honored to be on the starting line with the world’s best. Running the ING NYC Marathon last November was very surreal, and Boston was a similar experience.

ERR:  What races do you have your sights on next?

CP:  I hav races planned for this summer, ending with the New Haven 20K. The real focus though is on the Olympic Trials next year. That has been the plan for the past year or so now I’m very excited about the opportunity.

ERR:  Will you do anything differently when training for the Olympic trials?

CP:   I’ve run 3 marathons thus far. With each buildup my coach Ryan Grote has had structured in different stimuli to see what I respond to best. We’ll add in a little bit more mileage this go around and tweak things a little bit, but won’t be doing anything drastically different.

ERR: Where would you like to be as runner, let’s say, five years from now?

CP:  I will be pleased if I am still able to compete at a high level. I’m young enough that I feel the best is yet to come in the marathon, so with that in mind, I’m going to continue to strive to improve year to year.

ERR:  Where do you get your support?

CP:  I have been blessed to be supported by the New York Athletic Club. They’re really a great organization. I couldn’t ask for better managers and it’s a privilege to run for a club with such a rich history. I am also supported by Brooks and Generation UCAN, a sports nutrition company. They have a fantastic line of products unlike anything else on the market place.

ERR: Runners will soon be beginning training for the NYC Marathon. What training advice can you give to the marathon runners out there?

CP: My best advice is to stay consistent, listen to your body, and make your long run the most important day of the week.

You can meet Chris and learn more about Generation UCAN‘s products this Saturday, May 21, 3 pm at East River Park Track Club‘s It’s My Park Day event at the East River Park track.