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This program is the first of many. Watch how other races do such programs. The marathon and half marathon in major races makes so much sense for virtual races. It shows the poplularity of the marathon distance.


Keitany_Finish_Mini-2018_Crop_Jane_Monti.jpgKeitany wins NYRR Mini 10k, photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly

Mary Keitany dominated the NYRR New York Mini today, running 30:59 on a difficult and challenging course. Here is Rich Sands, writing for Race Results Weekly, writing about her fine effort on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

An era is about to end in the Big Apple. Peter Ciaccia is going to retire after the New York City Marathon in November. Affable, thoughtful and a guy who absolutely loves his job, Peter and his team make the races a reality in the Big Apple. In races from a few thousand to 50,000 Peter Ciaccia has put his impramatur on how races are run in New York. We will be writing more about Peter over the summer, but wanted to get this note out, following the press release from the NYRR! The late Fred Lebow would be proud of Peter Ciaccia, and the way the club is growing.

The United NYC Half Marathon featured some of the finest road runners as they prepare for spring marathons. Bezu Dibaba and Ben True took the wins on the cold, Sunday morning in the Big Apple.

We thank Rich Sands, writing for Race Results Weekly, for this article, which we publish, with permission.

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Diriba_BuzeFH1-NyHalf18.jpGBuze Diriba takes the United NYC Half win, photo by

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NEW YORK (USA, Mar 18): Ben True became the first winner of the men's race in NYC Half history, winning on a cold and blustery morning in 62:39 from compatriot Dathan Ritzenhein (62:42) with Chris Thompson third in 62:43. Ethiopia's Teshome Mekonen was fourth in 62:44 while pre-race favourite Wilson Chebet from Kenya, the only runner in the field with a sub-one hour PB, had to settle for ninth in 63:37. In the women's race, Ethiopia's Buze Diriba outsprinted Emily Sisson, 72:23 to 72:24. Norway's Karoline Grovdal comprised the podium in third in 72:43 with Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska fourth in 72:50. Betsy Saina was the top Kenyan finisher in seventh in 73:31 but Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot was a non-finisher, dropping out in the tenth mile. "Vivian had problems breathing in the cold weather," said her manager Mike Skinner.
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The United NYC Half Marathon is also this weekend. Here's a bit more on the elite field and the citizen runners who will make it exciting. The course will be changed this year, to accomodate the elite wheelchair field, and perhaps, to make the course a bit faster. Good luck to all running in NYC this coming weekend!

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Ritzenhein_DathanH-BaaHalf17.jpgDathan Ritzenhein, photo by

Sambu_Stephen-NyHalf17.jpgStephen Sambu, 2017 NYC Half marathon, photo by

"I'm excited for the challenge of a new course at the United Airlines NYC Half, and to visit Brooklyn for the first time at the start of the race. Having won the event two years ago, I'm eager for another top finish and to lead the way through Central Park in hopes of becoming the second athlete on the men's side to win the race twice."
-Stephen Sambu, 2016 United Airlines NYC Half Champion

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"I am very excited to come back and race the United Airlines NYC Half this year. I had an amazing experience last year, and I gained a ton of confidence from it going into my track season. It really set the tone for an incredible 2017."
-Emily Sisson, 2017 United Airlines NYC Half Runner-Up

The 2018 United NYC Half is the spring coming out party of many of the finest marathoners and road racers from around the world! Here's the list of the awesome field that the NYRR put together for this race! Stephen Sambu leads the men's field and Emily Sisson leads the women's field. Looking forward to to two fine races!

image002.jpgDr. Norbert Sander, photo courtesy of the Armory

Dr. Norbert Sander was a man of some complication. A husband, father, dentist, runner and Francophile, Norb had more than enough things going on in his colorful, full life. That he was taken from those he loved, and loved him, is a given.

His legacy, the 'House that Norb built', encourages 180,000 visiting athletes and fans to enjoy the sport at their level. The NYC Armory is a sanctuary of sport. Norb got that, and built on that. My infrequent visits to the Armory convinced me of the good that the Armory did for these amazingly fortunate athletes.

That the Armory Foundation is honoring Norb Sander makes total sense. But, if the good Doctor were here, as we know he is, might Norb whisper into the ears of the Foundation board, Where is the next generation of story tellers? Who will tell the stories of great leaps, runs and jumps to enthrall the next generation?

That amazing energy that one finds inside the Armory, any day, is intoxicating. The spirit of the young athletes, elite athletes, veteran athletes is an appreciation of that amazing energy and good that the NYC Armory has done and will continue to do.

Nicely done, Armory Foundation.

Peter Ciaccia is the President of Events for the New York Road Runners. Peter lives the sport of running each and every day. He loves the sport and he loves the New York Road Runners. For Peter, who never stops moving, this is his perfect job.

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Updated February 5, 2017 to include official NB logo and update key points.

Peter Ciaccia is the President of Events for the NYRR. He is also the race director for the TCS NYC Marathon. He follows a distinguished line of race directors, from the late Fred Lebow to the late Allen Steinfeld, to Mary Wittenberg, to Peter Ciaccia. In 2017, the NYC Marathon will have a new official footwear and apparel sponsor, New Balance. This is the first year of a ten year agreement. New Balance will sponsor all races under the NYRR imprimatur. It will also partner in their new NYRR Run Center, which is the exciting location for the club members to meet, train, learn and also visit the NB RunHub, the official store partnership between NYRR and NB. (Updated February 5, 2017)

Peter Ciaccia was kind enough to be interviewed by the Shoe Addicts on the NYRR RunCenter and the NB Run Hub. We spoke about the exciting new facility and the opportunities for the New York Road Runners with their new sponsor, New Balance. We hope that you enjoy it.

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