Behind The Scenes With NYRR’s Mary Wittenberg

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 5, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Mary Wittenberg took a pay cut to come to the New York Road Runners. Photo:

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

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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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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