World Marathon Majors announce Geoffrey Mutai and Mary Keitany as the champions for the 2011-2012 WMM series. Mutai and Keitany will win $500,000 each, the largest prize in our sport.
2012 New York City Flash Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
The city of New York, graced by a beautiful sunny day on Sunday, had marathoners out on Staten Island, providing assistance to those hurt by Hurricane Sandy. In Central Park, RBR estimates over 10,000 people ran loops in Central Park, some going for the entire 26.2 miles. Fans were out, some people were giving water, it was, a flash marathon.
The past week has been devastating for those living in the Mid-Atlantic. The past week, for the New York Road Runners has been difficult for the sport of running. A race cancelled was not the issue, it was how it was done, and how it was managed. In the end, the NYRR, while well meaning, were caught in the politics of the now, where limited resources are in play, and where media, especially the New York Post, while not fabricating, pushed the editorial envelope with comments on how much NYRR was using of city services. In the end, the decision to cancel the race was important. The cancellation of the NYC marathon will be case studies in both public relations and legal classes for some time to come.