Free events, athlete and celebrity appearances, live entertainment, and other programming to highlight race week at the TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance, TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, and NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub
New York, October 25, 2017 – New York City will become the worldwide hub of running during race week at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Official locations across New York City will bring to life the iconic event, including the TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion just off of the iconic finish line near West 67th Street in Central Park, and the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub in midtown Manhattan. More than 50,000 runners are expected to cross the finish line of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, the world’s largest marathon, on Sunday, November 5.
“We are excited to officially kick off the celebration of the 47th running of the TCS New York City Marathon,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. “This year’s race week is expected to be the best yet. From the variety of free and open-to-the-public venues that are celebrating the TCS New York City Marathon and running all week long across the city, to the great programming and activations provided by our partners to enhance the race-week experience for our runners and spectators, we look forward to welcoming the world to the TCS New York City Marathon.”
“The TCS New York City Marathon is an inspiring and memorable day for the thousands of runners, spectators, volunteers, and staff that are part of this five-borough celebration, but the week leading up to race day is just as special,” said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. “We’re proud to bring the spirit of the TCS New York City Marathon to even more locations during race week this year, showcasing the diversity of the city while giving the runners that will take to the streets of the 26.2-mile course, the spectators that will cheer them on along the way, and local New Yorkers who join outside their doorsteps the chance to share in all the excitement leading up to New York City’s biggest block party.”
TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance
The TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance will debut a new, expanded space inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this year with the addition of New Balance as the presenting partner, a second hall, and larger aisleways to accommodate the more than 125,000 runners and spectators from around the world. New Balance will offer more than 35,000 square feet of space where visitors can purchase official TCS New York City Marathon branded merchandise and accessories. The expansion will make the TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance the largest running exhibition in the country and one of the top 10 health and fitness expos globally. More than 150 exhibitors are expected to be onsite offering a variety of activities, including free course strategy sessions every hour at the NYRR Running Lab. TCS New York City Marathon partners will be among this year’s exhibitors and include United Airlines, New Balance, BEDGEAR, Fitbit, Gatorade Endurance, Hospital for Special Surgery, Michelob ULTRA, Poland Spring Brand, and PowerBar.
All race participants must visit the expo to pick up their race number and New Balance race shirt.
The TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance is located at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Halls 3B and 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street, and will be open to the public Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (last entry for number pickup at 7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry for number pickup at 5:00 p.m.). For more information, please visit the TCS New York City Marathon website or the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services, available for download in the iTunes Store or Google Play (complete details available on the TCS New York City Marathon website).
TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion
The TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion will return for the third year beginning Sunday, October 29, following the Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff. Free and open to the public, the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion serves as the official welcome center during race week and is located adjacent to the iconic finish line in Central Park. The space will feature a variety of programming and events throughout the week, merchandise sales by New Balance—the official footwear and apparel partner of NYRR—and a bar and café operated by Tavern on the Green.
Designed with the bright colors and beautiful imagery of the iconic race, the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion will offer visitors details on the race course, the name of each registered TCS New York City Marathon participant displayed on a 9-foot by 52-foot wall, and demos of the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services. Exciting activations from official race partners including New Balance, The Rudin Family, BEDGEAR, Fitbit, Hospital for Special Surgery, Michelob ULTRA, and Tiffany & Co. will take place throughout the week.
Programming highlights include race-course strategy sessions; panels with professional athletes such as 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon team member Jared Ward and Fitbit Ambassadors Ryan and Sara Hall and ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes; and appearances by notable runners including former NFL player Tiki Barber and award-winning singer Prince Royce. A variety of film screenings will also take place throughout the week including Meb, a series of short films documenting the final year of Meb Keflezighi’s professional running career; Run Mama Run, including breakfast with Sara Brown, courtesy of New Balance; and BOSTON, a documentary about the 120-year history of the Boston Marathon. Musical entertainment will also be provided courtesy of local bands.
The TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion will also host the NYRR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Abebe Bikila Award and George Hirsch Journalism Award presentations on Thursday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m., which is open to the public.
Additionally, runners and their friends and families can stop by on Monday, November 6 for Marathon Monday at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, featuring official New Balance merchandise and finisher gear for sale, medal engraving by Fond Memories, official photo products from MarathonFoto, sales of the New York Times, and the Hospital for Special Surgery Runner Recovery Zone.
A variety of ticketed events will take place at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion throughout the week, including NYRR Night of Champions on Friday, November 3, which benefits NYRR’s free youth and community programs; the TCS New York City Marathon Eve Dinner on Saturday, November 4; and the VIP Blue Line Lounge Presented by Tata Consultancy Services on Sunday, November 5 (for tickets to the TCS New York City Marathon Eve Dinner or VIP Blue Line Lounge, please visit https://tickets.tcsnycmarathon.org/).
The TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion is located at West 67th Street and Central Park West just inside Central Park and will be open to the public beginning Sunday, October 29, through Friday, November 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. closing on Friday, November 3) and on Marathon Monday, November 6, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free in addition to internet services and free charging stations courtesy of Tata Consultancy Services. For more information and the full schedule of daily programming, please visit the TCS New York City Marathon website or the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services, available for download in the iTunes Store or Google Play (complete details available on the TCS New York City Marathon website).
NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub
New York Road Runners’ new community running center, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, is a year-round home base for runners of all ages and abilities throughout the five boroughs and beyond.
The NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub showcases the latest in running education, training, and innovation and offers a wide variety of footwear, apparel, and accessories for purchase from New Balance in the New Balance Run Hub on the mezzanine level. New Balance will provide a host of exciting activations during race week, including the New Balance Run Concierge where visitors can try out the latest NB footwear for free and unlock a surprise gift bag.
During race week, the NYRR RUNCENTER will host a variety of free events and programs including RUNTalks with NYRR Rising New York Road Runners Ambassador & Special Advisor, Team New Balance athlete, and Olympian Jenny Simpson, and Team New Balance athlete and Olympian Emma Coburn, meet and greets with New York City running legends Haile Gebrselassie, Paula Radcliffe, Bill Rodgers, German Silva, and Ryan Hall. Famed marathoner and 2017 TCS New York City Marathon participant Kathrine Switzer, Olympian Deena Kastor, and endurance athlete and activist Alison Desir will also participate in a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of women’s running. Hospital for Special Surgery, an official partner of the TCS New York City Marathon, will offer free classes and foam rolling throughout the week. Runners can also sample Gatorade Endurance’s new Endurance Formula which now has no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners and a lighter taste on Monday, October 30. BEDGEAR, the official Mattress and Performance Sleep partner of the TCS New York City Marathon, will also have presentations on Sleep Science by research scientist Lorenzo Turrichia, and sessions of Yoga Nidra led by Ingrid Prueher, a pediatric and adult sleep and nutrition consultant. Running history tours of Central Park will also start in the NYRR RUNCENTER throughout the week and will be offered in languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and French.
The NYRR RUNCENTER is also home to the 1 for You 1 for Youth* program. During race week, for each pair of co-branded athletic shoes purchased at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub or on the New Balance website, New Balance will donate a pair of shoes to NYRR’s youth programs. Over 267,000 youth are served nationally through NYRR’s free youth running programs and events, including 134,000 across New York City’s five boroughs.
The NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub is located at 320 West 57th Street, just southwest of Columbus Circle near Central Park. The NYRR RUNCENTER is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The NB Run Hub is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
To learn more about the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub and to see a complete schedule of programming and events, please visit the New York Road Runners website or the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services, available for download in the iTunes Store or Google Play.
The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon will be televised live on Sunday, November 5, on WABC-TV, Channel 7 in the New York tri-state area from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET, and for the rest of the nation on ESPN2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.
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About the TCS New York City Marathon
The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the largest marathon in the world. Over 1,000,000 people have finished the race since its first running in 1970 with just 127 entrants and 55 finishers running four laps around Central Park. The race expanded to all five boroughs in 1976 and just celebrated its 40th year as a five-borough affair. Held annually on the first Sunday of November, the race features over 50,000 runners including the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. Participants from approximately 125 countries tour the city, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan. The NYRR Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon covered 1.8 miles of the race course in Central Park, beginning near mile 24 and finishing at the famed TCS New York City Marathon finish line. More than one million spectators and thousands of volunteers line the city streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the television broadcast in 175 countries and territories, including viewers in the New York area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, nationally on ESPN2, and via various international broadcast partners. The race is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowns the top professional male and female marathoners each year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 47th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 5, 2017. To learn more, visit www.tcsnycmarathon.org.