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Team Leader
Amy Freeze
Amy began running at age 8 with her father, and ran cross country and track growing up in Indiana. This will be her 7th marathon. Her first was in the snow.

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Check out her FreezeFront blog!


Technical Coach
Jay Holder
Jay has been running since he realized he was the least-coordinated person on the planet and couldn't possibly play a sport that involved a stick or a ball. He has run 5 marathons with a PR of 2:40:28, finishing in the top 100 of the 2012 Boston Marathon. He is proudest of his 2012 NYC Half-Marathon PR of 1:11:19.

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Check out his blog, TheJauntingJournalist

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Teamabc7 Many members of the Eyewitness News Team have completed the NYC Marathon over the years - look for their stories and memorable accounts here on the blog. Meteorologist Amy Freeze and Eyewitness News Producer Jay Holder will lead our blog coverage, but we invite you to post comments, send in ideas and share your own marathon stories. Good luck in your 2012 ING NYC Marathon!  

 

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11/01/2012

Raised to Run: Ellen Hart

I met Ellen Hart while I was living in Denver while I was training for my very first marathon.  She was more than fast.  I admire her for her strength beyond running.  Overcoming obstacles, being a working mother, and always a friend on the race course!  Here is a great article on her and below are her thoughts on running.  This will be her first ING NYC Marathon! 

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Amy Freeze:  What are the reasons behind your runs?  You have returned to competitive running!

Ellen Hart:  I run because it makes me feel good. Now, not every run feels good, but overall, there is never a day that I don't feel better after I've gone running, than I did before. It makes my body, my mind and my heart feel better. I seldom run with music (only when I'm on a treadmill), so I have lots of time for thinking on a run. Sometimes I have a worry or a problem to figure out, but usually I let my mind wander where it will. It's as if the bucket of stuff gets sorted somehow, settles itself into an order I might not have discovered on my own. I think I was put on the earth for a few reasons. One of them is running--I never have to question the "rightness" of running. When I feel strong and fast, I exult in the capabilities of the human body. When I feel slow and hunched over, I am grateful for the quality of persistence, and the opportunity just to be able to run at all (one of my sisters has MS). When I am in a period of running consistently (there have been injuries and children requiring time off) I like how my body responds to the demands of the activity. I like breathing hard, I like muscles.

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TEAMABC7: Amy Freeze

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The pictures above are from last year's race.  This will be my 3rd ING NYC Marathon.  The events of the past week with Hurricane Sandy have given this year's race a new tone and a new direction.  The freedom's we enjoy - transportation, power, beach front views have been ripped from us.  Even going to and from work and school and church have been put in jeopardy.  But resilence is about finding a way.  Running is a symbol of the solutions that must be found ahead.

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Raised to Run: Chris Meadows

Last year, my marathon training partner was Curt Nuncio. You can read what I wrote about him last year before our race. READ about CURT HERE
There are those that will be missed on the course during this year's race for many reasons.  Curt is one of them. Curt passed away suddenly in March.  These are some thoughts from his sister. 
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Curt Nuncio and Chris Meadows

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Raised to Run: Swag Hartel

By Amy Freeze

I first started running with my dad - who was a “middle of the packer” but that didn’t keep him for admiring the guys that won the races. My Dad made sure that I learned how to run from the very best.  While "learning to run" might seem like a funny statement.  There are tricks of the trade - and learning them from other runners is an ongoing eneavor for me.  The summer after my first Mini Marathon I attended a running camp put on by the legendary Swag Hartel. I joined other preteens learning form, how to run sprints, drinking just enough water before races and how to chose the right shoes. I still think about the simple, basic tips Swag taught me during that camp that I use today:

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10/31/2012

Achilles NYC Marathoners

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By AMY FREEZE

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10/26/2012

Raised to Run: Bart Yasso

I love Bart Yasso.  He's a great human being.  I "met" him as a reader of Runners World.  I first saw him in person at a Running Expo in Philadelphia where he was so popular - you had to wait in line to say "Hi!"   Then I was lucky enough to interview him for TV segments. When I invited him to be on our MEDIA RELAY TEAM - he agreed, showed up, and was the life of the party.  If you don't know Bart, your running experience is not complete. Consider this your introduction.  Meet Bart Yasso...

"Running isn’t about how far you go but how far you’ve come"

“The reward is living the lifestyle and embracing the journey.  It’s not only about finishing, it’s about moving forward."

Tips from Bart Yasso on Race Preparations

  • Try to get to bed early Friday. If you’re unable to sleep well Saturday night, don’t worry about it. You might even be less groggy if you’ve been awake for hours before start of a marathon.
  •  Eat several smaller meals throughout the day on Saturday. Leave a banana or energy bar out the night before the race. If you do wake up at 3 a.m., take a bite and go back to sleep.
  • When you get to the starting line, take a minute to think how fortunate you are to be able to run a marathon, both physically and culturally.

BartYAssoAMY FREEZE:  Bart!  You are the undisputed King of Road Racing?  Everyone loves you and knows you on the racing circuit. How did u start running?

BART YASSO:  When I started running I started dreaming about what I wanted most out of life. I knew I wanted to travel around the world, experience exotic locations and different cultures. Did you run in High School? I didn’t run in high school. I played lots other sports in my younger years but I made a critical error and chose the path of alcohol and drugs. I was very lucky to gravitate towards in 1977 which could have saved my life.

AMY FREEZE:  You travel so muh and are always on the go! What are your current current running habits

BART YASSO:  I have running goals but none of them are related to racing. My goals are to motivate and engage people that never thought they would be a runner.

AMY FREEZE:  I'm convinced you have run every race on the planet... what's your most favorite of all your favorites?!?

BART YASSO: Comrades ultra marathon in South Africa. The oldest and largest ultra marathon in the world.

AMY FREEZE:  You'v faced your own adversity in life... how have the health challenges affected your training and running?  And what advice do you have for those who must overcome challenges?

BART YASSO: I contracted Lyme disease twice, in 1990 and again in 1997. Running never helped my Lyme disease. Living with chronic Lyme is very painful. Doctors compare the symptoms to rheumatoid arthritis. My legs swell I limp around the office most days. I am still trying to figure out how to be a runner dealing with Lyme disease.

AMY FREEZE:  It might seem like a silly question but when you meet non runners they might sk you 'Why do you run?'

BART YASSO:  I know I feel more like myself when I run, even if it’s only a few miles, or at least I feel like the self I like best.

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10/19/2012

TEAMABC7: TARA ZIMMERMAN

Running By Myself, But Not Alone 

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By Tara Zimmerman

The beauty of running is it can be a solo or community sport. You can get lost in your thoughts during a long run by yourself or enjoy the company and conversation that comes with running with others.

In high school I preferred cross country and track to soccer or softball. For me, it was the perfect way to still be part of a team but I was racing against myself and my own personal records. That hasn't changed today. Nothing clears my mind, helps me process the day's troubles and soothes my soul like a good run. Most often they're alone but I cherish those with friends. Both types of runs have their benefits.

I ran the ING New York City Marathon in 2009. I trained and ran it with my boyfriend at the time and I'm not sure I could have done it alone, especially those long runs! In fact, I have great respect for marathoners who do train by themselves. But come Marathon Day, what's spectacular in New York City is that you aren't alone: you have two million spectators cheering you on through the five boroughs.

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10/16/2012

Raised to Run: Des Davila

DESIREE DAVILA has had huge highs and certain lows in her running in the last two years... she got the fastest Boston time ever for an American woman and qualified for the Olympics but an injury forced her out of the race, a DNF in London.  One thing is clear, she's young and tough and has a great running career in front of her!  I hope we see her back at ING NYC Marathon in the future! Watching Des and hearing about her career is a huge motivation to take everything in stride.  One day you can be at your fastest PR, the next your dodging injuries... running is all about the journey.
I'm in the photo below on the far left, Des is just in front of me as we took a jog for this photo in Central Park to support the NYRR.  In 2011, Des finished in 2nd place at the Boston Marathon and set a 4 minute personal record. Her time of 2:22:38 is the fastest time ever run by an American woman in the Boston Marathon!
SHE WENT TO THE LONDON OLYMPICS BUT AN INJURY HELD HER BACK, Click HERE 
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TEAMABC7: David Novarro on the Race Course

"Runners.

On Your Mark,

Get Set, GO!" 

David Novarro
I'll get my shoes and see you at the start!

But...we think you should know even more... say, BLOCK by BLOCK!  What will you see on the course, where can your family cheer, and who lives in these neighborhoods anyway?!  To see what is waiting for you on the course marathon day, TEAMABC7 has you covered.

Our 7 Blocks series by David Novarro... he's still thinking about training for his first marathon.... runDAVIDrun... and these assignments seem to get him in the mood for marathoning!

  • 7 Blocks Stories about Neighborhoods on the Course Click HERE  David Novarro points out the most interesting spots along this section of the New York City Marathon course.
  • 7 Blocks: Fort Wadsworth Click HERE  David Novarro explores the Staten Island start of the NYC Marathon.

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Marathon Course

 

 

By Amy Freeze