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New York Road Runners Debuts “Chasing Glory”
by: NYRR

Seven-week Olympic Trials video series premieres today on www.nyrr.org

Interviews with leading contenders and top coaches part of NYRR’s promotion of the November 3 race

New York, September 19, 2007 – As part of the New York Road Runners’ unprecedented promotional and media build-up to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Marathon race on Saturday, November 3, “Chasing Glory,” a seven-week series of web videos offering exclusive athlete and coach interviews and insight will premiere today on the NYRR website (www.nyrr.org), it was announced by NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

Leading Olympic Trials contenders Dathan Ritzenhein, Abdi Abdirahman, Alan Culpepper, Meb Keflezighi, Brian Sell, and Ryan Hall, along with top coaches Brad Hudson, Keith and Kevin Hanson, and Terrence Mahon will be among those featured in the weekly videos. Other segments will highlight behind-the-scenes footage of the challenging Olympic Trials course in Central Park, facts and figures about the race, and a glimpse of how the USA's runners compare with those of the rest of the world.

The five- to seven-minute videos will be launched every Tuesday and Thursday from September 17 to October 26. The videos are produced by videographer Matt Taylor, whose other credits include “Chasing Kimbia” and “Chasing Tradition.” The videos will be supplemented by three text-based commentaries each week, written in conjunction with television analyst Toni Reavis.  

Our athletes have amazing stories to tell and personalities well worth illuminating,” said Wittenberg. “We are so pleased to have our ‘duo-generational’ twosome of Matt Taylor and Toni Reavis, with their passion, expertise and wit, joining our team to help tell the stories of our stars.”

The texts will be released on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week, and will focus on that week’s theme. The texts include a flashback to the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Marathon in Eugene, OR, and include feature commentary from running greats Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers. 

Web Video Schedule                          Date

Chasing Glory Introduction

September 17–21

“The Kid”: Dathan Ritzenhein

September 24–28

Hansons-Brooks Distance Project

October 1–5

 “The Black Cactus”: Abdi Abdirahman

October 8–12

The Boulder Mystique

October 15–19

The Coaches

October 22–26

Mammoth Lakes, CA

October 29–November 2

New York Road Runners

New York Road Runners, soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary, is dedicated to promoting the sport of distance running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and responding to community needs. Our road races and other fitness programs draw upwards of 300,000 runners annually, and together with our magazine and website support and promote professional and recreational running. A staff of more than 100, assisted by thousands of volunteers, stages the ING New York City Marathon, as well as a road race nearly every weekend plus many track and cross country events. NYRR’s home base in New York, and its lifelong identification with Central Park, have given many of its events iconic status, attracting the world’s top professional runners. Our youth programs provide running to 30,000 schoolchildren in New York City and around the country who would otherwise have few or no fitness opportunities. For more information, visit www.nyrr.org.

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