The 33rd New York City Marathon November 3rd, 2002 It is now just one week
before the 2002 New York City Marathon. It seems many years since the events of
9/11 and the Marathon while in reality it is only last year. Last year’s
race was the first citywide event after 9/ll. There were football and baseball
games, but they only had 50-60.000 spectators. The marathon brought out two and
one half million people to celebrate life and our great city. It was a profound
statement aimed at the world that we New Yorkers, will not have our spirit
broken nor give into terrorism. Unfortunately, only 24,000 runners participated
last year instead of our usual 30,000. After the emotional marathon of last
year, it was their loss.
Looking forward to next weekend. We expect to return to our standard
30,000-31,000 runners in the race. Approximately 70,000 applied this year. For
the first time in the U.S. outside of Olympic Trials we will have a separate
women’s start 35 minutes before the masses and the elite men. With the
increased rise in visibility for women’s running started last year in
Berlin with the breaking of the 2:20 barrier, we felt it was time to showcase
the women. The spectators will be able to pick them out, not being surrounded
by men, and TV will be able to focus on them as well.
We have put together a very strong women’s field for this special
occasion. Headlined by Margaret Okaya, Ludmilla Petrova, Lorna Kilpagot, Marla
Runyon and Sonia O’Sullivan . The men’s field has Mark Carrol
(IRL), Tesfaye Jifar, Rogers Rop, Stefano Baldinia, Meb Keflezighi (USA) and
The city, state and federal governments are working together to make the day
safe for the runners, spectators, volunteers and staff.
Good luck to all of you who are coming to our great City to run.
Allan Steinfeld, Race Director New York City Marathon