Super Bowl Bet Between Marathon Race Executives

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Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
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01 FEB 2012
The Super Bowl battle between the Patriots and the Giants will take to the streets with a “running” bet between the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon.

Super Bowl Bet Between Boston Marathon and ING New York City Marathon Race Executives “Kicks Off”

Boston and New York, February 1, 2012—The Super Bowl battle between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will take to the streets with a “running” bet between Boston Athletic Association  executive director Tom Grilk and New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg, it was jointly announced today by race officials.

If the Patriots win, Wittenberg will wear a Tom Brady jersey during the 2012 B.A.A. 5K on Sunday, April 15, during Boston Marathon weekend. If the Giants prevail, Grilk will don an Eli Manning jersey during the 2012 NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K on Saturday, November 3, during ING New York City Marathon weekend.

For the Patriots and Giants, the road to the Super Bowl will turn into a highly anticipated fight on the field in Indianapolis on Sunday. The championship game will determine which of these notable marathon executives will be “fielding” wisecracks down the road—a 3.1 mile road, to be exact.

The 116th running of the Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 16. For more information, visit www.baa.org

The 43rd running of the iconic ING New York City Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 4. For more information, visit www.ingnycmarathon.org.

Both races are part of the World Marathon Major series. For more information, visit http://worldmarathonmajors.com.

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.