ING New York City Marathon 2009 News

10/26/2009 - 13:36

03_ingnycmarathonmed09_0.gifExpanded Two-Hour National Network Coverage of ING New York City Marathon 2009 - NBC Sports will televise the 40th running of the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 1 at 2:00pm EST. NBC Sports commentator Al Trautwig will be joined in the broadcast booth by veteran race journalist Toni Reavis with NBC Sports' Jimmy Roberts hosting the expanded two-hour recap show.

A record field of more than 40,000 runners from around the globe will take to the streets of New York for one of the world's greatest road race. The 26.2-mile race will be seen by 2.5 million live spectators as runners pace through New York City's five boroughs - Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan and finish at Tavern on the Green in world-famous Central Park. Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain and Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil are back to defend their crowns against the world's best including American standouts and Olympians Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Brian Sell and Abdi Abdirahman. Twenty-five years after her historic gold medal in the first women's Olympic Marathon, Joan Benoit Samuelson also will be running.

Three Marathon Queens Roundtable on October 29
Living legends Joan Benoit Samuelson and Grete Waitz will be joined by a future all-time great Deena Kastor at a special evening of conversation and question and answer open to the public on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30-8:00pm as part of the TimesTalk series at the New York Times building. For tickets and more information go to or call 1-888-NYT-1870.

Benoit Samuelson will be running the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 1, and Waitz has won a record nine New York City Marathon titles. Kastor, the 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist, is the U.S. marathon record holder and winner of both the London and Chicago Marathons in her career.

By the Numbers: ING New York City Marathon Style
* 39 years since the first running of the New York City Marathon, held in 1970
* 25 years since Joan Benoit Samuelson's historic gold medal in the first women's Olympic Marathon in Los Angeles 1984
* 100,000+ applicants to the ING New York City Marathon
* 40,000+ record field
* 6,800 runners estimated to represent more than 80 charities aiming to raise $21 million at the ING New York City Marathon 2009
* 64% men, 36% women participating
* 88 - age of oldest female entrant; 87 - age of oldest male entrant
* 100+ live music bands across the course
* 1,500 media credentials issued
* 6,000+ volunteers
* 6,725 pounds of cooked Barilla pasta at the Barilla Marathon Eve Dinner
* 11,410 pounds of ice
* 4,506 members of the ING New York City Marathon Facebook group
* 14,011 members of the New York Road Runners Facebook group
* 330,000,000 people reached by the global broadcast

What's New at the ING New York City Marathon?
Prize purse: In celebration of the 40th running of the ING New York City Marathon, a special prize amount of $200,000 will be awarded to a past champion who wins the Open division. The total guaranteed prize purse of $800,000 is the largest in race history and is the largest of any of the races in the World Marathon Majors series.

Greening the race: NYRR is committed to recycling and reusing-all fluids will be dispensed in recycled cups and all cups, cardboard and plastic from the fluid stations will be recycled. As in years past, all clothes left at the start will be donated to charity.

Slight course change: Because of construction taking place near the Brooklyn Academy of Music, there will be slight alterations to the course.

New at start: A charity row will be added to the start area.

For the second year, the ING NYC Marathon will have three wave starts to alleviate congestion at the start, course, and finish. Instead of releasing a mass start of approximately 42,000 runners at one time, the field will be organized into three separate starts released at 20-minute intervals. Each wave included approximately 14,000 runners. The plan was implemented in 2008 to enhance runners' overall race experience.

The professional women's race will start at 9:10am. Wave 1 will begin at 9:40am, including the professional men's start, followed by wave 2 at 10:00am, and then wave 3 at 10:20am.

Charity Watch
The new charities to join the ING New York City Marathon charity program have brought celebrity participation to help support community outreach, health and fitness, and disease-prevention initiatives. Some of the top charities added to the 2009 program include Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund, whose board president is the actor Edward Norton; Grassroots Soccer, co-founded by Survivor winner Ethan Zohn and the Leary Firefighters Association, founded by actor Denis Leary.

NYRR also joined the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation - a marathon charity since 2006 - in announcing the participation of Matthew Reeve, son of the late Christopher Reeve, in the ING New York City Marathon 2009 as a part of Team Reeve to support spinal cord research. Reeve, who will be running in his first marathon, will wear bib #1275 to represent the 1.275 million Americans living with spinal cord injury.

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