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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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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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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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TEAMABC7: Amy Freeze


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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I'm happy to welcome a 19-time Marathoner and Co-workerJack Sheahan to the #TEAMABC7 Blog.  His running resume is impressive!  Enjoy his entry which includes some incredible tips! - Amy Freeze

My thoughts on the NYC Marathon, wow… I have a lot of them.  By Jack Sheahan

I’ve done 12 NYC Marathons, 19 Marathons total, since November 1998. And no doubt, magnitude-wise, there is the NYC Marathon, and then there are all the others (that I’ve done, at least). Chicago and London are big time too, Marine Corp. is great (and my Marathon PR 3:35:43 in 2000, got that Paul Ryan?) but NYC is just a massive, massive event. In the past, I have called it “an attack on every sense, visually, sonically, etc. It feels different than every other race, it sounds different, it even smells different.

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Running By Myself, But Not Alone 

Tara on the Course

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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TEAMABC7: David Novarro on the Race Course


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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Raised to Run: Arturo Montero


77 Years Young Arturo Montero

Only one runner from the original marathon will be running the ING NYC Marathon.  He’s a grandfather from Stamford, CT, meet 77-year old Arturo Montero.  He fininshed the first NYC marathon race in 1970. 

Arturo Montero says he loved running even as a child in Chile before he came to NYC.  So when he heard about a 26.2 mile run through Central Park, he raced to sign up. "The first year it was only one dollar."  A one dollar entry fee paid by each of  the 100 runners that started the race,  only half of them made the distance. "Only 50 finished… we were so tired… there no water stations.  We had a sandwhich and they gave us a Coke."

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TEAMABC7: 5th Ave. Mile

#TEAMABC7 had a great showing at New York Road Runners 5th Ave. Mile!  the weather was ideal for flying down NYC most famous straight-away!

Our very own Jay Holder got first place in the Media Heat!  All 7 members of our team finished in 8 minutes or less!

Check out the photos below!  Continue all the hard work for your training for the ING MARATHON 2012  WABC-TV will broadcast the race on Nov. 4th!


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Raised to Run: Maree Chavez

Happy Birthday TODAY to my sweet friend Maree Chavez

She is the kind of person that not only INSPIRES adventure.  

SHE IS the one that you CAN COUNT on to SHOW UP! 

Maree is my middle of the night, early in the morning, over fire, through the mud, and even with a broken pinky toe - running partner!  We have run many races together including the NYC Marathon in 2002 and the Philadelphia Marathon.  Maree is a wife, mother, business owner and a marathoner that I look up to and admire!


Tough Mudder Illinois 2007
Amy and Maree WARRIOR DASH


I met Maree through my sister Jessica when I was living in Denver, Colorado in 1998. I actually went to her salon HAIRPEOPLE for a haircut and we've been friends ever since. I liked her instantly.  She has a lovely way about her - a warm smile and just a glowy personality altogether. Maree and I ran together in races in Denver.  We did training runs together at sunrise up at Denver's Red Rocks Ampitheatre.  Every year for 10 years she showed up at the Miles to Fight Melanoma Race I hosted.  We ran in the dark of night together at Cherry Creek Park while the rest of the city slept! We've had dozens of adventures. And SHE WAS THERE for my very first NYC Marathon

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Battling the Elements for 26.2 Miles in the ING NYC Marathon

 Climatology of NYC Marathon Weather:  Average maximum: 62ºF/17ºC  Average low: 47ºF/8ºC

In 2011... it snowed one week before the NYC Marathon...  just 2.9" in Central Park but more than a foot in the Northern Suburbs.  Run a marathon with snow on the ground?   I’ve done that before…  it was 1999 Denver, Colorado and I ran my first marathon in the snow (for the record, we finished the run in temperatures near 50 and full sun.  


Amy in Purple


That is "Denver Weather" at it’s Best.) Keep in mind there's nothing wrong wishing for pleasant weather but the conditions also gives you a chance to battle the elements... if this were to turn out to be the hottest, wettest, coldest marathon in NYC marathon history -- just think of the bragging rights!  Just ask someone who has run the race, they may not remember every mile of the course but they remember what the weather was like when they ran 26.2 miles!!  My co-workers who have run the race have great recollections of the extrmes they've endured (Diane Williams - 2010's Chilly Race and Bill Evan making it through cold, torrential downpours in 1995... whatver the weather - it becomes part of your race memory!)



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