The NYC Marathon is the grand daddy of the big city races. The first Five Borough NYC event, in 1976, was to be a one time affair. It was the finest sales job that the late Fred Lebow, that crazy as a fox champion of the big city marathon, ever did. Well, take that back, he convinced Grete Waitz and Jack Waitz to run her first marathon, when her longest run had been 20k! That may have been the second.
The ghosts of Fred Lebow and Allan Steinfeld, and of course, Allan Schneider, Allan’s wife, smile down on the race now, knowing where it started and where it can go!
Speaking of where it can go, the Media Center, assembled at the finish line for the marathon , is something to behold. Great viewing, seating, and wi fi keep the media in the Big Apple very happy.
Last year’s win by Shalane Flanagan had a plethora of media at the Sunday and post event Monday event. What will happen in 2018? Who knows, but the fields are intense, and a great American field should attest to the possibilities.