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Sports Business Execs Share Their TCS N.Y. Marathon Experiences

Sports business execs are always well represented among the finishers of the TCS N.Y. Marathon, and this year was no exception. We would like to congratulate readers of THE DAILY who achieved this incredible feat. Below are some of their finish times, along with the personal experiences of those who participated:

Marciani attended the TEAM Ultra after-party with his family following the marathon
PGA Tour VP/Business Development Chris Marciani (3:55:06) -- It's hard to beat the satisfaction of crossing a marathon finish line. This was my eighth and it never gets old. I was really impressed with all the great sponsor activation this year -- United Airlines, Skechers (Congrats Meb!), Abbott and Michelob Ultra. Post-race, we had a great time at the TEAM Ultra party hosted by A-B. Friends, family and a few cold beers. Not a bad way to end the day.

IMG Senior VP & Associate General Counsel John Cooper (4:18:14) -- Ran yesterday with my wife. Crowds were amazing out there (and security was everywhere, as one might expect). The signs also have gotten a lot more creative (maybe a "College GameDay" effect?), though as a Falcons fan, it would've been nice to avoid the guy in Harlem holding up the 28-3 sign (referring Super Bowl LI).

Allied Esports CEO Jud Hannigan (4:44:55) -- The months and hours of training doesn't prepare you for all of the emotion you get from family and friends and the amazing N.Y. crowds cheering you on and chanting your name along the route. Not to mention the encouraging and comical signs they come up with -- my favorite being "Chafe the Dream!" Add to that the words of encouragement from fellow runners and it's just an incredible experience of personal accomplishment that can be attributed to so many along the way. It took every bit of that excitement and encouragement to get me across the line feeling proud that I left it all on the course.

Golf Channel Senior Dir of Digital Business & Strategy John Henry (5:02:55) -- Regardless of the time, it was a fantastic experience. The crowd and support throughout were amazing. I was also really proud to run as part of Team for Kids and raise more than $3,000 to support their incredible programs to help kids in NYC and all over the country get and stay active. Sunday evening, I also went back out to the finish line as part of an unofficial "Project Finish" party to welcome and cheer on the late night finishers. The energy of the more than 50 people who came out from 7:45 until the end was really a lot of fun.

Smallwood said the biggest challenges for him were the bridges and inclines
Apex Marketing Group President Eric Smallwood (4:22:25) -- This was my fourth marathon (second in NYC). The biggest challenges were the bridges and inclines. During the last six morning miles of the race, as we went from Manhattan into the Bronx and back to Manhattan, your legs begin to burn and get worse with every incline. NYC and the organizers have it down pat with the transportation, moving 50,000+ people to Staten Island and providing the proper level of security. I was able to beat my previous time ('11) by over three minutes. That made the day a success.

MLS VP/Finance Josh Neier (3:36:19) -- There is nothing else like the NYC Marathon. It was an incredible experience from start to finish. Thank you to everyone at NYRR for putting on an amazing event!

MLS Senior Financial Analyst Chris Savino (4:45:42) -- I'm so fortunate to have NYC be my second marathon. There was so much support in each of the boroughs -- every step of the way! It was incredible, too, to see the number of runners wearing soccer jerseys and supporters waving flags of their favorite national team!

MLS Senior Manager of Retail Development Stephanie Di Mari (4:45:40) -- It was so exciting to run my first marathon in NYC and see all of the support along the course. Despite all the training, it was them, family, and friends that got me through it -- especially the last 8 miles.

MLS Licensing & Brand Compliance Coordinator Adam Sandoval (3:09:14) -- My dad inspired me to run my first marathon in San Francisco last year, since that was also his first event. Since then, I completed a marathon in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and recently set a personal record at the '17 New York City Marathon with a time of 3:09:14. Being four minutes off of qualifying for the Boston Marathon didn't hurt too much after running for three hours with people cheering you on non-stop. The energy at the New York City Marathon was something I have never experienced and will never forget. My first time fundraising just under $4,000 towards cancer research with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was also extremely meaningful as cancer hits close to home for me.

Wiener said the marathon was by far the most incredible running experience of his life
Wasserman Dir of Action Sports Matt Wiener (3:03:40) -- The marathon was by far the most incredible running experience I've ever been a part of and truly embodies the spirit of New York City by celebrating all 50,000+ runners from all backgrounds and all places in the most inclusive and spirited way. Thank you to all who came to support and turn the Five Burroughs into a 26.2 mile Block party!

Wasserman Marketing Services Manager Alex Schned (3:56:09) -- I was extraordinarily impressed with the level of support I felt throughout the event. Living in N.Y. for 8 years, I’ve never felt the level of unity I felt throughout the day. It was an extremely inspiring experience and I’m very thankful to have done it.

Wasserman Dir of Marketing Services Cheryl Mark (4:29:37) -- The journey was not easy but race day was more than I could have imagined. It was emotional, invigorating and challenging. As a lifelong New Yorker, it was even more special to hear the cheers of this city as I ran through my hometown.

Wasserman Marketing Services Senior Manager Matt Walker (4:32:41) -- The '17 NYC Marathon lived up to every expectation and will go down as a day I will never forget. As a non-runner, I didn't want to just do any marathon. My bucket list was to do the N.Y. Marathon. To the strangers screaming your name, friends standing in the rain and a city route that never ceases to amaze me -- it was truly incredible to be a part of something bigger than yourself. If you have ever given one thought of doing it, sign up -- you won't regret it!

GMR Marketing Account Supervisor Michael Daly (4:54:40) -- I ran the '17 NYC Marathon with my brother and dad, each of us raising money for separate charities during our months of training. We had an incredible support system via the numerous people donating to our charitable initiatives, and that support translated to race day, with the hundreds of thousands of cheering fans along the course. The NYRR crew facilitated an amazingly smooth race, from my start in Wave 4 of Green Corral C all the way to the finish, when I was greeted with a congratulatory hug from Race Director Peter Ciaccia and his team. The marathon lived up to its hype as “the world’s greatest race,” and the emotion and enthusiasm from the runners, staff and fans was tremendous! 


NHL Senior Dir of Events Allison Schechter (5:27:12) -- Running the TCS N.Y. Marathon was the experience of a lifetime. It was a physical and mental challenge like I have never faced before, however the support from the spectators and other runners carried me through the day. I couldn't be more proud to have earned the title of "Marathoner".

DirecTV Latin America Assistant VP/Content & Programming Guillermo Barreto (4:33:17) -- The experience is probably the closest any amateur athlete (like myself) will get to competing in the professional arena. Amazing support, start to finish.