Behind The Scenes With NYRR’s Mary Wittenberg

Mary Wittenberg took a pay cut to come to the New York Road Runners. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Mary Wittenberg took a pay cut to come to the New York Road Runners. Photo: PhotoRun.net

She has been with the New York Road Runners since 1998.

Here’s a bit of a surprise: Mary Wittenberg took a significant pay cut when she decided to come work for the New York Road Runners.

It was in 1998 and Wittenberg says she had a nice-paying corporate law career ahead of her.

“People thought I was crazy, they really did,” she recalls. “And the funny thing is, people don’t know New York Road Runners for what it is. So people kept saying, ‘You’re gonna become a volunteer? Did you win the lottery? What’s happened in your life?’”

But Wittenberg maintains that she doesn’t look back on that decision.

Since taking on the lead role at the Road Runner’s, she’s infused a healthy, positive attitude in the organization’s headquarters, which is located near New York’s Central Park.

Her biggest challenge throughout the year is organizing the annual ING New York City Marathon in November, which brings in millions for the city.

Wittenberg grew up in South Buffalo–the oldest of seven children.Her father was a coach and so she says she was active in a lot of sports.

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