Yesterday I posted a note on my blog declaring it a sad day for the NYC Marathon.  I think I was unclear.

I was not sad that the race was canceled – that should have been done as soon as the enormity of the damage from Hurricane Sandy became clear.  What was also sad to me was that the symbol of the marathon had changed over the course of the week from very positive to very negative.  This was entirely the fault of the NYCRRC.  If instead of pushing to go on with the race, they had chosen instead to harness their organizational skills to devote their volunteers and their resources to helping the city recover from the crisis and alleviate the suffering in the communities in which they usually run and race, perhaps people would today have a very different feeling about what runners are really all about.

I do believe that by and large we are a caring, giving community.  Today, however, it might not seem that way to the average non-running New Yorker.  And that’s sad.


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Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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  1. Richard says:

    Well said, Jeff,

    I felt it was not the right thing to do to continue with the Marathon in the face of the pain and loss in NYC and the area.

    Btw, San Antonio Marathon (which I am pacing next Sunday) has reduced entry by 20% and will give another 20% to Sandy Relief.

    Best regards Richard

  2. Jerry McNamara says:

    Jeff, I agreed with your first post AND the second. Yet, I am hesitant to be too hard on organizers. NY Knicks? They’re playing. NFL NY Giants? They’re playing Sunday. Why are runners being singled out? Because we aren’t pro athletes? Maybe the difference is the logistics and support required for widely spread event vs. a stadium event. I give the benefit of the doubt whenever I can, but it’s sad all around. You are right though, actively show you care, and you earn lots of understanding and support.

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