One of the perks of participating in the 2011 Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge (FL5BC) was (and still is!) getting VIP access to some of the events organized by NYRR. I received an email last week from Gabi, my favorite Foot Locker representative, asking if I would consider attending the ING NYC Marathon Opening Day to say a few words to the crowd about my experience with the FL5BC. Since I love everything about the NYC Marathon and FL5BC, I said yes! (PS. Blog post coming soon on an overview of this challenge and why YOU should consider applying!)
The following pictures are a glimpse of what the day was like! There were a few elite runners present (Ryan Hall and Kim Smith) who officially announced their intentions to run the marathon this year, as well as a handful of celebrities and professional athletes (including Amani Toomer, former NY Giants WR, and James Blake, professional tennis player and NYC native) helping give out entries and gifts to a few lucky people in the crowd.
So tell me! Are you running the NYC Marathon this year? Were you one of the lucky ones to get in through the lottery??
(Didn’t get in through the lottery?? Did you know that the chances of getting in via lottery will INCREASE next year – automatic qualifying times for the 2013 NYC Marathon are significantly faster than previous years so the number of automatic entries will be much lower!)