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NYC Marathon Wins Sports Event Of The Year

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 20, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
The New York Road Runners celebrate the Sports Event of the Year award on Wednesday. Photo: Universal Sports

The New York Road Runners celebrate the Sports Event of the Year award on Wednesday. Photo: Universal Sports

It beat out the NBA All-Star Game, and the NCAA Final Four.

The ING New York City Marathon just got a little more respect. On Wednesday, New York Road Runners CEO, Mary Wittenberg, attended the Sports Business Awards at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square. She was hopeful that her race would win the Sports Event of the Year. But the competition was stiff with the race going up against the likes of the NBA All-Star Game, the NCAA Final Four, and the Winter X-Games.

However, Wittenberg walked away with the impressive award.

“Four years ago, when we hosted the Olympic Trials, I really felt, ‘Oh man, we should have been nominated,’” Wittenberg recalled. “The last few years, I kept thinking that’s a big goal and we should be nominated, so when we were, we were thrilled. When we got here I thought, ‘When you look at 2010, so much came together in that year’s marathon. I think we can win this thing.’”

This year marks the first time in the history of the event that a participatory sport received the award.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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