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ING N.Y. Marathon Could Expand To A Two-Day Event As Number Of Runners Increases
Published November 4, 2011
COMPETITOR IN ITS MIDST: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Fred Dreier notes Competitor Group, which runs the Rock 'n' Roll Series long distance running events, "has its sights squarely on New York City, as it plans to expand the Brooklyn 10K into a half marathon within two years, with the long-term goal of holding a major full-length Rock ’n’ Roll marathon in the borough." Falconhead Capital Chair & CEO David Moross, whose company owns Competitor, said, "We believe a second New York City marathon is absolutely achievable." Moross "declined to give a time frame for holding a marathon." Dreier notes with "deep political connections, NYRR is revered for its sizable contributions to charity." But Moross and others within the running business believe that NYRR "holds a monopoly within New York City." Wittenberg "does not support an additional marathon in the city." She said that the addition "could dilute the economic and charitable impact of the ING marathon." She also "believes that NYRR’s altruistic motivation separates it from Competitor" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/31 issue).