Bill Rodgers on his 1976 NYC Marathon win

Bill Rodgers:

(on his win in 1976)
“For me, the race was pretty intense because I had run in the Olympics,
and New York was a chance to run my best. It was pure fun. I wasn‰Ûªt
that tired; I was in the hunt to win.”

“Back in ‰Ûª76, I didn‰Ûªt actually know what was going to happen, but that
was part of the fun. If you don‰Ûªt have that feeling for the marathon,
then you‰Ûªre going to quit. To me, the best marathoners aren‰Ûªt the track
runners who jump into the marathon distance or the ones who are out to
make money, but it‰Ûªs the ones who really love it.”

“First Avenue is a danger zone because runners can get emotional there.
You can smell the finish line, but it‰Ûªs still too early to really go.
You can drop some of the competition on First Avenue though. New York
is a very strategic marathon, but it‰Ûªs also really hard because there
are so many good runners. But you can‰Ûªt get too excited or emotional
because then you won‰Ûªt win the race.”

Mary Wittenberg:

“The ING New York City Marathon lifts the psyche of the city, and this
is particularly important in the current economic climate. The marathon
inspires, it brings income to the city, and serves as a postcard of

“We expect the economic impact to exceed $220 million this year. We
expect to raise more than $20 million through our official charities,
and approximately $3.9 million just through Team for Kids alone.
Through our Team for Kids running programs, we already have 50,000 kids
running worldwide, and 30,000 in New York City. This year, we plan to
roll out programming in all 50 states.”

“The course really defines the race. We‰Ûªre working on building out the
Harlem miles; we‰Ûªre calling where runners run through Marcus Garvey
Park our Harlem Stadium. Bill Perkins and Robert Jackson are two Harlem
city officials who will run the race this year.”

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