water table

2016 NYC Marathon Water Table Report

by Mary Harvey

This was my fourth consecutive year working the water table with NBR, and the first time my pops joined. So you guys know, he asked me if he could join us last year right after the marathon. Duh. Yes.

I asked pops what it was like, as an outside(ish) person coming in to this, and he paused for a moment, and told me he had been thinking about it, and he was so impressed by the experience that he had no criticism. Everyone was kind and welcoming. People stepped up and filled in exactly where they were needed as soon as they saw a task to be done, whether it was filling cups, hauling trash, raking, or searching for keys.

I have to add that it was an amazing experience to have so many people wish my pops a happy day as he turns 70. Thank you all so much for including him!

Team Spot Check-in: Russell Wight

NBR: Tell us a little bit about how you came to be part of  NBR. What was your first run? How long have you been involved?

RW: My first NBR run was back in January 2012. It was a Wednesday night run. I was fairly off and on for the first two years, however. I only really started getting serious when I did the 9+1 in 2014 and doing races and stuff. I became a Monday night run leader in October 2014. 

NBR: How is marathon training going? Are there any specific workouts that are really moving things along for you? Tell the NBR world a good long run story.

RW: I’ve been doing a lot of strength training the last month or so. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to transition into more running. I’ve followed the Hanson’s training plans for my last few big races. My favorite workouts are the long tempo runs. I really feel that those runs help to get you focused on running a steady pace for a long time. 

NBR: Which NBR runs are you attending regularly to train? Are there any NBR members who inspire you to train hard(er)?

RW: I lead the Monday night run, so that’s my jam. I also do Tom’s Plyo workout Monday nights. Aside from that, I bounce around a lot, doing the Saturday or Sunday long run, Wednesday night run, and Thursday track

NBR: What does it mean to be chosen by your peers for a coveted NBR Marathon Team Spot?

RW: It’s pretty awesome. I know there’s a lot of people who have worked really hard to contribute to NBR over these years, and it’s really wonderful to be chosen to represent NBR in the greatest race ever! My goal this year is to run under 4 hours.. I’ve run two marathons already, and in both races I hit the wall pretty hard. I’m hoping to use the lessons from those races to put together a great race and give everything I’ve got. 

NBR: What do you plan on eating post-marathon? What about the night before?

RW: I’m a fan of barbecue - you may see at Mable’s smokehouse right after the race. As for the night before - I’ve done Thai Curry the last few big races, and surprisingly it’s worked well. And I’m pretty sure that I do Peter Pan donuts both before and after the race. (It’s carbs, right?) 

NBR: What is your running spirit animal and why?

RW: Hmmm, not entirely sure. 

Picture This: What Volunteering at the NYC Marathon Looks Like

With less than four weeks to go before NYRR closes volunteer registration for the 2016 NYC Marathon, we thought we’d take this opportunity to re-live some of the fun and excitement from last year’s volunteer shenanigans. How? Through photos, of course—take a gander!

For those of you who’ve never volunteered at a race before, or who’ve never volunteered with NBR, here’s your chance to see what the fuss is all about. Not only is it a great way to give back to your team, it's the best spot to watch the marathon up-close. For the more seasoned volunteers among you, we invite you to take a walk down memory lane and remind yourself how rewarding volunteering can be, and why it’s so important.

When you’re done perusing the photos, we hope you’ll feel inspired to register for this year’s race. The Mile 12 Fluid Station is located at Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street in Williamsburg. Signing up is easy-peasy. Just create a NYRR account or sign in through your existing one. If you need help or have questions, feel free to email us, or ask Lilly Stevens, Rachel Rose, Logan Yu, John Riccardi, or any of NBR’s leadership.  

We hope to see you there! 

- Rachel

Thanks for the photos, Ken!