MARATHON MILESTONE

November 03, 2018 at 4:45 am

Over 50,000 runners will be at the starting line this Sunday as the New York City Marathon begins. But, there’s a goal that has eluded participants to date. We’ll tell you what it is.

Aired on November 2, 2018.

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THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON
IS THIS SUNDAY.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE MODERN
MARATHON BEGAN?
WASN'T ATHENS.
BEGAN HERE IN NEW YORK CITY IN
1908 WHERE A RACE IN FRONT OF A
SOLDOUT CROWD IN MADISON SQUARE
GARDEN CREATED MODERN MARATHON
MANIA.
THE SUNDAY THE NEW YORK CITY
MARATHON TRAVELS THROUGH ALL SIX
BOROUGHS.
FOR MOST, FINISHING IS AN
ACCOMPLISHMENT, BUT FOR THE
ELITE, FINISHING IN UNDER TWO
HOURS IS A REACH.
WHILE THAT MAY NOT SEEM AS MUCH
OF A TIME DIFFERENCE TO COME,
SOME QUESTION WHETHER A TWO-HOUR
MARATHON IS EVEN POSSIBLE.
IN HIS BOOK "TWO HOURS" ED
CAESAR EXPLAINS WHY REACHING
THAT TWO-HOUR MARK IS SUCH A
DIFFICULT TASK AND WHY THERE'S
SUCH A DISPARITY BETWEEN THE
LARGE NUMBER OF RUNNERS WHITE,
MIDDLE CLASS AND THOSE ELITE
BORN IN EASTERN FRICK.
WE NEW YORKERS TEND TO TAKE
CREDIT FOR EVERYTHING.
FOR THE MODERN MORE THON, DO WE
DESERVE IT?
>> ABSOLUTELY NEW YORK DESERVES
IT.
THAT RACE IN 1908 PUT DOWN THE
FOUNDATIONS FOR THE SPORT AS WE
KNOW IT TODAY AND APPARENTLY WAS
A CRAZY NIGHT AT THE OLD GARDEN.
TEAMS OF FANS SHOUTING FOR THEIR
GUY.
A RIOT NARROWLY AVERTED AT THE
END.
THAT WAS THE START OF IT ALL.
>> THE SUBJECT OF YOUR BOOK,
TELL ME IN YOUR WORDS WHAT IT
IS.
IS IT ALL ABOUT HOW TO GET TO
THE WITH-HOUR MARATHON?
>> IT IS ABOUT THAT.
IF THERE'S EVER A RACE WE DPOKT
SEE IN THE FUTURE.
BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT WHAT MAKES
THE WORLD'S GREATEST MARATHON
RUNNERS, WHAT THEIR LIVES ARE
LIKE AND WHAT'S AT STAKE FOR
THEM WHEN THEY RACE.
>> WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO RUN IT
FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE?
MOSTLY FROM KEN YARKS
SPECIFICALLY THROUGH THE LIFE OF
THE SUPER RUNNER JEFFREY WATAI
FROM KENYA.
>> HE RAN 2:03.02 IN BOSTON,
WHICH WAS THEN THE FASTEST TIME
EVER RUN.
BROKE THE COURSE RECORD HERE BY
NEARLY THREE MINUTES.
I THOUGHT IF I OLD THE STORY
THROUGH HIS EYES, YOU WOULD GET
A WHY OF WHAT ALL THESE GUYS GO
THROUGH AND WHERE THEY COME
FROM.
>> WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
>> THEY COME FROM AN ACE PLA OF
MOSTLY POOR FAMILIES IN THE
EASTERN VALLEY OF KENYA.
THEY HAVE CERTAIN PHYSIOLOGICAL
STRAIGHTS THAT MIGHT HELP THEM.
>> WHERE DO YOU COME DOWN,
NATURE OR NUCLEAR THURSDAY CH
INSURE.
>> NURTURE.
I DON'T THINK THE QUALITIES THEY
HAVE GOT ARE UNIQUE TO THEM.
THEY MAKE IT WORK FOR THEM.
>> THEY'RE VERY POOR, SO THE
INCENTIVE OF A PAYCHECK OF A
MARATHON IS A BIG INCENTIVE.
WHAT IS THE PAYROLL.
THE WINNER OF THIS COMING
MARATHON, WHAT IS HE LIKELY TO
TAKE HOME?
>> HE'LL BE PAID TO BE THERE IN
THE FIRST PLACE.
>> THEY PAY HIM TO COME.
>> MORE THAN $100,000 JUST TO
TURN UP.
YOU'LL BE LOOKING AT THAT AGAIN
TO WIN.
COURSE RECORD GETS YOU MORE
MONEY, A SHOE SPONSOR IS GOING
KICK IN MORE.
IF YOU'RE A TOP GUY, YOU COULD
EARN $1 MILLION A YEAR.
MOST OF THESE GUYS WHERE THE
AVERAGE EARNING IS LESS THAN
$800 A YEAR FOR A FAMILY YOU'RE
TALKING ABOUT MONEY THAT CAN
CHANGE NOT ONLY THEIR LIVES BUT
THE LIVES OF EVERYONE AROUND
THEM.
>> WHEN ARE WE GOING SEE A
BETWEEN-HOUR MARATHON?
>> I'M GOING PUT MY NECK OUT AND
SAY 2035.
>> WHAT IF IN THIS MARATHON IN
NEW YORK SOMEBODY BREAKS THE
TWO-HOUR RECORD?
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THAT?
>> I THINK I MIGHT SEE A PIG
FLYING OVER THE FINISH LINE
BEFORE I SEE THAT.
>> WELL, I DON'T WANT TO SEE
THAT HAPPEN TO YOU, BUT I WOULD
LIKE TO SEE SOMEBODY DO BREAK
THAT TWO-HOUR RECORD.
THE BOOK IS CALLED "TWO HOURS,
THE QUEST TO RUN THE IMPABL
MARATHON."
THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Mutual of America PSEG

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