ING New York City Marathon class of 2012

You may have heard that there’s this little race called the ING New York City Marathon coming up next weekend on Nov. 4. Maybe you’re even running it–I personally have four friends who are venturing up there to race it. Whatever the case, there’s no question that New York is one of the most famous marathons out there, for many reasons.

Among all the cool things that go along with the marathon is a team of four runners that ING has put together this year to help others along the way to the starting line. Known as the Ing Runner’s Nation Class of 2012, these four runners have used the power of social media to offer motivation, training and nutritional tips. All four will be toeing the line along with thousands of others on race day, so they are living and breathing what they preach.

Class of 2012

Class of 2012 member Monica Olivas tearing it up at a recent race

The class of 2012 includes four specialists: trainer Steve Mackel; local runner and gear specialist Jen Turner; clydesdale runner Dave DeNeire; and runner/foodie Monica Olivas. All have spent the past few months sharing their knowledge and tips to help runners get ready. They’ve operated through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and their individual blogs to deliver a well-rounded line up of information marathon runners can put to good use. A pretty cool service, if you ask me.

I recently chatted with Monica to get a feel for what being a part of the Class of 2012 has meant to her. Monica is going to be doing her sixth marathon at ING New York City, coming in hot off a PR just two weeks ago. She says that makes New York the icing on the cake. She’s also found that having the virtual community of the Class of 2012 has made the race all the more “real” to her. Being a California runner, she said, makes New York seem like “the other side of the world.” With a virtual community to share the ups and downs of training and ins and outs of nutrition, she has a built-in support system.

For runners headed to New York next week, it’s not too late to get in on the Class of 2012 fun. There will be a Twitter chat Thursday (Oct. 25) at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, for instance, with trainer Jennifer Turner. Go to the ING Runner’s Nation Class of 2012 Facebook page at the scheduled time to get all the details. Even if you can’t make the Twitter chat, do check out the Facebook page: it’s chock full of tips and links to videos featuring the four “classmates” and their wealth of information. If you’re running New York, take advantage of this free, fun way to get ready for your big day.

Are you headed to the New York City Marathon? What has helped you get ready so far? 

Disclaimer: ING compensated me for this post.

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  1. says

    I think the Class of 2012 is a great idea. I know I get a lot of support from social media, even from people who aren’t running my same race, so I can only imagine it is much more powerful from people doing the same race. Very cool!
    I’m not doing doing NYC this year, but definitely want to do it someday. My dad has done it multiple times and says it’s a tough course but the sights and sounds are amazing!
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  2. says

    That’s so cool! I didn’t know about this. I’ve run NYC once and we go out to cheer every year. My kids love it – watching on TV and waiting for the runners to run past our house. I’m so so so sad that we will be out of town on Marathon Sunday this year!
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  3. says

    YAY! I have met Monica before and LOVE her! I love that the marathon does this – I think it can be a useful tool to so many people not familiar with the course or the marathon, itself!
    Not running it this year…maybe we can both run it together next year!! =)
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  4. kenley jones says

    I dont plan on soing it any time soon but would maybe like to some day. It would be a great experience Im sure.

  5. says

    These big road marathons still amaze me. So great to have so many like minded people together.

    My idea of running community is still basically the camp out before the race in a field or the bonfire after. But you’d be surprised the kind of things you can learn about ultra running sitting around a camp fire.
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  6. says

    Miss Zippy, You rock and thanks for posting this cool article. It has been awesome helping other runners and being part of the ING Class of 2012. I look forward to meeting a bunch of new people next week in NYC.

    Are you running it?

    I’ll be videoing my experiences if you see me I want you in a video.

    You have a new follower!

    Train Focused. Coach Steve
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  7. says

    My sister is in New York at the moment, holidaying and even she (a rower) was a little bit excited to see all the preparations. Great idea to have other people’s preparations to follow along with. It helps keep the motivation up.
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