Race Results Weekly
December 28, 2009

Percy Sutton, the longest-serving Manhattan Borough President in New York City history and one of New York's most influential black politicians, died over the weekend at a nursing home.  He was 89 years-old.

Sutton was actually an important figure in the history of marathon running.  Sutton, with real estate developers Jack and Lew Rudin and New York Road Runners' president Fred Lebow, took the New York City Marathon out of Central Park and into all five boroughs of New York City in 1976.  At the time, people thought this was crazy (there were stories about how people would surely be mugged if they ran through the city's streets).   But Sutton's belief in Lebow and the sport gave rise to the modern big-city marathon which has been duplicated in hundred of cities around the world.  The New York Road Runners honored Sutton creating the Percy E. Sutton Harlem 5-K last August in his honor (the 2010 event will take place on 21 August).

You can read the New York Times obituary on Sutton here:



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