NYC Marathon – Joe vs. Celebrity Runners

Posted: November 10, 2011 in Pace and Racing
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The 2011 New York City marathon surpassed the 2010 race as the largest marathon ever. 

A total of 47,438 athletes started the race with 46,795 making it all the way to the finish line.

As I was training for the race I had a lot of fun talking about wanting to beat Apolo Ohno’s effort on race day, but truth be told – I have no grudge against Apolo, in fact I think what he did to prepare for the marathon was pretty remarkable.  You could tell when you heard him talk about his training that he was approaching the race with a great deal of respect.  He trained seriously for the event and ran a tremendous first ever marathon time of 3:25:18.

Huge effort – he even managed to run a negative split on a tough course.  Sure he had his coach and a couple other experienced runners pacing him throughout the race, which removes one of the biggest hurdles for someone running their first marathon – running too fast, too early.  We even saw that issue rear its head on the Women’s side of the race where even a professional runner can make that same mistake.

But kudos go to Apolo for delivering a great race and for paying a great amount of respect to the event.

(I did beat you though Apolo by 17:16 just to be clear ….)

Another celebrity out on the course on Sunday was A.C. Slater.  For those of you who didn’t wach Saved by the Bell and only know him from his later stint on Dancing with the Stars or the host of “Extra” – I’m talking about Mario Lopez pictured below.

An admitted fan of Saved by the Bell – it was pretty cool to hear that Slater was out there on the same course as I was on Sunday.  He finished with a time of 4:12:07.

Former New York Ranger and NHL great Mark Messier finished in 4:14:27.

The top Male “Celebrity” finisher – if you want to call being a contestant on “The Bachelor” a celebrity, was Dr. Andy Baldwin who finished in 3:17:31, narrowly defeating another psuedo-celebrity  Ryan Sutter from “The Bachelorette” who posted a time of 3:17:58.

A great story was Olympian softball star Jennie Finch who ran to benefit the New York Road Runners’ youth programs with Timex donating $1 for every person she passed.  Jennie who waited until all runners and previous waves were released onto the course started dead last.  Her finishing time was faster than more than 30,000 runners finishing in 4 hours, 5 minutes and 26 seconds.   She surpassed her goal of raising $26,000 by more than $4,000.  Great stuff.

Model Christy Turlington Burns ran for Every Mother Counts in 4 hours, 20 minutes, 47 seconds. Restaurateur Joe Bastianich ran for Grana Padano in 3 hours, 47 minutes, 3 seconds.  Shonda Schilling, wife of former pitcher Curt Schilling ran for Autism Speaks in 4 hours, 58 minutes, 50 seconds.

Actor Michael K. Williams, from “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” ran for the community organization Harlem United and R & B singer Mya ran for North Shore Animal League America.

Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, TV chef Nate Appleman, TV chef Richard Blais, actor Paul Sparks, Manchester United goalie Edwin van der Sar and model Veronica Webb all also ran the marathon.

One of the coolest parts of the race when I look back on Sunday was that unlike Boston – which make no mistake is an incredible race and experience that I am looking VERY forward to my return match with in April – the NY Marathon is really “everyone’s” marathon.  Participants share the streets of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan with people from all walks of life racing for all different reasons.

They claim that for every mile run over $1 Million is raised for charity.  Just tremendous.

So with that I close my book on the race in New York.  Time to start looking ahead to a return to training and setting our sights on preparing once again to run the race of our life in Boston this April.

I sent in my new Marathon Qualifying time to the Boston Athletic Association which should move me up closer to the starting line by a few corrals for the race this spring.  A few thousand runners closer to the line behind the professionals and a few hundred strides closer to Boylston Street.

We’ve got a little score to settle with Boston from 2010.

Who know’s, maybe Zac Morris will be running Boston this year so we can kick his butt as well.

Can’t wait.

  1. onelittlejill says:

    Wow! So many celebrities! Sounds like a lot of fun Joe- and of course a great race for you! By the way, I love Jennie Finch even more now than before! I am 5 days away from my first…can you believe it is finally here!!!

    • Joseph Marruchella says:

      Jill! So great to hear from you. I read your post yesterday about Philly this weekend. Scene of my first marathon in 2006! I think you have a great attitude about this one and will do a tremendous job.

      Just run the mile you are on and don’t think about how many are behind you or how many are ahead. That’s all mind games. Just run the mile, then the next one, then the next one.

      The marathon starts at mile 20 (you’ll know what I mean on Sunday when you are finished and have that medal). Just hydrate, take nutrition through 20, then run your heart out.

      Best to you!

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