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.
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.