A Boss Who Motivates His Workers To Run

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 24, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC

He was out of shape and couldn’t sleep. Running came to the rescue.

One could say the restaurant Becco in the Manhattan theater district is an establishment run by runners. That’s because of its owner, Joseph Bastianich. Three years ago he was diagnosed with sleep apnea and told he was overweight.

“I got scared by the fact that if I didn’t lose weight, I would have to sleep with a machine to help me breathe,” he recalls. “My doctor told me to start running a mile a day, so that’s what I did.”

One mile at a time, he began losing weight and eventually ran his first marathon, the ING New York City Marathon in 2008.

Members of his staff at Becco saw him physically change and then decided to take up marathoning themselves.

“After that first marathon, running spread virally among the Becco family,” he says. At this year’s ING New York City Marathon, six employees at Becco completed the ING New York City Marathon.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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