Before I moved back to New York, one of the first things I did was sign up for a membership with New York Road Runners. I was super excited to have a huge group to run and race with, especially since the NYC Marathon is my dream race. When I heard it was their birthday (59 years young!), and they were hosting a celebration, I had to go.
NYRR recently opened a Run Center on 57th Street, where runners can pick up their race gear, check out some running history, and shop at the New Balance store. There are also lockers if you want to stash your stuff while you run in Central Park. It's really awesome to have a place where you can go to meet other runners, especially one so close to the park. On Friday night, they also hosted a 59th birthday party, featuring a special panel of guests to discuss the history of the sport.
The panel included Nina Kuscsik (the first woman to officially win Boston!), Gary Muhrcke (winner of the first NYC Marathon), and George Hirsch, chairman of the NYRR Board of Directors, and former publisher of Runner's World magazine.
During the panel, we got to hear a bunch of really crazy and interesting stories about the history of running in New York City. Some of the things we learned included:
I honestly could have listened to them talk all night because their stories were so interesting. After the panel, Michael Capiraso (NYRR President and CEO) and Peter Ciaccia (Events President and NYC Marathon Race Director) led a quick toast to (at least) 59 more years of running.
And we got delicious birthday cake - perfect fuel for the upcoming race weekend if you ask me. We were invited to check out some different artifacts from NYRR history.
Happy birthday to NYRR!
Questions for you: