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Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Release #252-00

Contact: Sunny Mindel/Curt Ritter (212) 788-2958


31st Running of Marathon Scheduled for November 5th

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today joined New York City Marathon Race Director and New York Road Runners Club President Allan Steinfeld and Senior Managing Director of Tishman Speyer Properties Geoffrey P. Wharton at Rockefeller Center to draw the first 10 names in the annual New York City Marathon lottery. The 31st running of the New York City Marathon (NYCM) is scheduled to begin at 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2000.

"Each fall thousands of runners converge on New York City to participate in one of the greatest sporting events in the world, while millions more watch from sidewalks and apartment buildings to join in an annual New York City tradition," said Mayor Giuliani. "The New York City Marathon is a wonderful celebration of physical endurance and a dramatic display of what happens when people set the highest possible goals for themselves and try their hardest to achieve them. I want to wish everyone running this year the best of luck, and I look forward to the 31st running of the New York City Marathon."

The 10 names drawn by Mayor Giuliani today are the first of 2,600 that will be selected from a pool of 13,000 applicants. This year more than 67,000 runners submitted applications seeking entry into the Marathon, an all-time high, but only 30,000 will be accepted - 20,000 runners from the United States, and 10,000 from abroad.

Since its inception in 1970, 481,707 runners have participated in the NYCM. Last year's winners were men's champion Joseph Chebet of Kenya, who ran the 26.2 mile course in 2 hours, 9 minutes, and 14 seconds; and women's champion Adriana Fernandez of Mexico, who finished in 2 hours, 25 minutes, and 6 seconds.

"This year marks the 25th running of the five borough race and is sure to be a great day for New York," said Mr. Steinfeld. "With this year's record number of applicants from all over the world, we are pleased that the New York City Marathon continues to be the premier sporting event where the world comes to run."

This year is the NYCM's 31st running and its 25th anniversary of running through the five boroughs. The race will begin in Staten Island at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge; continue through Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx; and finish in Manhattan in Central Park. Additional information on the NYCM can be found on the Internet at or


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