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Faces and Places: Opening Day for runners

ING New York City Marathon Opening Day

At the ING New York City Marathon Opening Day Presented by Asics on April 25 (from left): New York Giants and ING New York City Marathon alum Amani Toomer, actress Amy Yasbeck, Olympian and New Zealand record holder Kim Smith, Olympian and American record holder Ryan Hall, tennis star James Blake, recent Internet sensation “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy” Zeddie Little, and New York Road Runners President and CEO Mary Wittenberg. Smith and Hall announced their plans to participate in this year’s race Nov. 4.

Steranka honored at UJA-Federation luncheon

UJA-Federation of New York honored Joe Steranka, chief executive officer of The PGA of America, at UJA-Federation’s Sports for Youth Luncheon on May 1 at the Grand Hyatt New York. From left: NBC Sports commentator and author Jimmy Roberts, the event’s emcee; Donna Orender, Sports for Youth co-chair and CEO of Orender Unlimited; Steranka; Junior Bridgeman, restaurateur and former member of The PGA of America Board of Directors; and Russell Wolff, Sports for Youth co-chair and executive vice president and managing director of ESPN International.

Gorbachev gets a lift from Cardinals’ Bidwill

Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev (left) visits with Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill on a recent trip to Arizona. After Gorbachev gave a speech at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix on April 28, Thunderbird School of Global Management Interim President Barbara Barrett, who helped arrange Gorbachev’s speech, learned that both Bidwell and Gorbachev were headed to New York City and asked Bidwill, an experienced private pilot, whether he would be willing to fly the Nobel Peace Prize winner. “I was honored to be able to do it,” Bidwill said.

Samson’s home run for charity

Samson (running, and at right, center) with fellow road warriors John Silverman (left), Marlins equipment manager, and Michael Hill, Marlins VP and GM.

Miami Marlins President David Samson completed a 52.4-mile, charity-driven run from Pompano Beach to Marlins Park on April 27. Samson has now raised more than $600,000 for 10 charities. He started the run at 7 a.m. and entered Marlins Park at roughly 6:42 p.m. Four days after the run, Samson said, “I feel great. It took me two days to recover, and today I ran for the first time since Friday.  I took four days off.” Samson had done one training run of 30 miles and several 26-mile runs, but acknowledged he was “more sore than I anticipated” after the April 27 run. In looking back, Samson said, “Every five miles I picked up a new runner to join me, a runner from one of the charities. At mile 45, I had two IVs. I had four IV bags at the end of the run in the training room. I really don’t remember the entire final 20 minutes of the run. There was a check presentation and a pregame interview on the field and I don’t remember any of that. I was that dehydrated.” Asked what he ate and drank during the run, he said, “Water and Gatorade and I had some pizza and some GU gel. But after 30 miles, I couldn’t eat or drink anything. I burned between 8,000 to 9,000 calories for the day, and I didn’t replace it well.” What’s next on his endurance quest? He said he wasn’t exactly sure, “But there will be another something.”

Night out for Univision’s new network

Univision Deportes Network celebrated its launch with a party April 19 in New York City. From left: Jose Garriga, Univision VP of sports sales; Antonietta Collins, “Univision Deportes Extra” anchor; and Marco Liceaga, senior director of SUM international.

Backstage at the Sports Emmy Awards

NBC won nine awards, the most by any network, at the 33rd annual Sports Emmy Awards ceremony April 30 in New York City. With Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jack Whitaker (from left) are Dan Patrick, Ernie Johnson Jr., Joe Buck, Jim Nantz, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chairman Malachy Wienges, Bob Costas, Mike Emrick and James Brown.

Producer Pete Macheska (left) and executive producer Ed Goren collected the Outstanding Live Sports Special award for Fox, which won for the World Series.

Roger Goodell (left) was honored with the Chairman’s Award, representing the networks and their patriotic coverage of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 last year. With him is National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chairman Malachy Wienges.

Senator is Swarm’s special guest

Sen. Al Franken attended his first Minnesota Swarm game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on April 28. Franken is joined by National Lacrosse League Commissioner George Daniel (left) and Swarm co-owner Andy Arlotta.

Energy Bowl winners

The Tampa Bay Rays’ Brad Schaefer (left), senior coordinator, conversion; Rick Nafe (center), VP of stadium operations; and Eric Kampfmann, systems manager, accept the Energy Bowl award from the Stadium Managers Association, for demonstrating best practices in reducing energy consumption with the greatest percentage decrease from 2010-11. The presentation was April 22 at Tropicana Field.

Honor for Phoenix commission

Aaron Muth (left), Phoenix Regional Sports Commission director of events, and commission President Jon Schmieder accept the award for the 2012 Sports Commission of the Year. The presentation was made April 19 at the annual symposium of the National Association of Sports Commissions in Hartford, Conn.

Travelers gears up for 2012 tournament

At the Travelers Championship media day May 1 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. (from left): Nathan Grube, tournament director; Chris Berman, ESPN broadcaster; Fredrik Jacobson, 2011 Travelers Championship champion; and Andy Bessette, Travelers EVP and chief administrative officer. This year’s event will take place June 18-24.

The scene at Stade de France

At the French Cup Championship Final in Paris on April 28 (from left): Dorsey & Whitney LLP partner Stuart Goldfarb, Global Spectrum regional VP Tim Murphy, Front Row Marketing Services President Chris Lencheski, soccer consultant Joe Fraga and Ligue de Football Professionals marketing director Sebastien Janodet.

National Jewish Sports HOF Class of 2012

The 2012 National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame honorees were inducted at a ceremony April 29 in Commack, N.Y. Front row (from left): Former NHL player Mike Hartman, StarGames President and CEO Jerry Solomon, former Topps Co. executive Sy Berger, motorsports driver Jon Dennis, New York Mets radio broadcaster Howie Rose, triathlete Joanna Zeiger. Back row (from left): Jeffrey Carus (representing boxing legend Al Davis), Martha Richman (representing MLB executive Arthur Richman), Hall of Fame board members Alan Freedman and Lynne Kramer, George Young Award winner Dick Hoyt and former U.S. soccer team member Debbie Belkin-Rademacher.

Magic executives reach out

The Orlando Magic held an executive luncheon April 24 for its courtside seat holders and chairman’s club members in an effort to connect and communicate with different groups of Magic season-ticket holders. The featured speakers at the luncheon were Magic CEO Alex Martins (pictured), Chairman Dan DeVos and Otis Smith, president of basketball operations.

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