The New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world. First run in 1970, only 55 out of 127 entrants completed the race, which was held entirely in Central Park. The famed 26.2-mile race has evolved by leaps and bounds since, expanding into all five boroughs and growing in size to a record 51,388 finishers in 2016. Continue reading “New York City Marathon History”
Mary Lucas hated running growing up. She’d barely do one lap around the track during gym class then would walk the rest of the way. Continue reading “Marathon Training Gives Diabetic Runner Confidence to Push Body Further”
Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber rushed for a team-record of 10,449 yards over 10 seasons in the National Football League. His longest play was a 95-yard touchdown run in 2005. Understandably, running the 26.2 miles that comprise a marathon would take some adjusting to. Continue reading “Tiki Barber on his Transition from NFL Running Back to Marathon Runner”
There was a time when Robin Arzon used to tell herself she wasn’t an athlete. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Arzon would be on the sidelines as her cousins played soccer and ran track. Continue reading “Robin Arzon’s Journey from Lawyer to Marathon Runner and Fitness Guru”
Dick Traum was standing behind his car at a gas station along the New Jersey Turnpike. Another car pulled up behind Traum’s car. The driver, noticing the cars were inching closer and closer, tried jamming on the break, but instead slammed on the gas.
Traum was crushed between the two cars. Both his legs were severely injured. His right leg became infected and had to be amputated above the knee. Continue reading “Dick Traum Turns Tragedy of Losing Leg into Inspiration for Others”
The weather forecast for November 2, 1997, called for rain.
Raymond Choy went to Paragon Sports in New York City a few days beforehand to purchase a jacket. He bought a full-zip white and green Nike windbreaker to wear during the New York City Marathon he was running that Sunday morning. Continue reading “Why this 65-Year-Old is Running His 19th Consecutive New York City Marathon”
Running used to be punishment for Aja Carter. Carter played basketball, softball and tennis at Freeport High School in Long Island, N.Y. Suicide sprints and running laps were the result of a missed play, lack of hustle or insubordination.
Today, Carter, 29, has a new perspective on running. Continue reading “A First-Timer’s Reason for Running the New York City Marathon”