This story is pretty good. So there is a 5-Borough challenge for amateurs t hat is part of the NYC Marathon that is sponsored by Foot Locker in NY.
Last year, Pamela Passarello ran for Manhattan and said on video “So running in Manhattan is just the best. It really is. I can’t imagine representing any other borough.”
This year, she's running for Staten Island where she was born and raised.
Many local runners aren't happy and wonder how Foot Locker couldn't find someone who actually lives on the Island.
Ms Passarello has defended herself writing on Slive:
Shame on you for not celebrating a Staten Islander who is running as a representative of this borough, is from Staten Island, was chosen as the only female this year and the first ever repeat participant in the challenge (there is no rule against this). And to be clear I am and always will be a Staten Islander - I have an apartment in the city - like some do - but Staten Island is my home. I spend my time here. I run here. I do races here. My family is here. I celebrate here. I mourn here. I do ALL the things here that you always announce kindly and publish in your paper.
I applied for the Footlocker Challenge this year to represent my borough that I thought celebrated me. There is no rule against applying again. I meet the all the requirements - I live in one of the boroughs, I have run a 3:49 marathon and a number.
I was lucky enough to be chosen in what I thought was something to be celebrated and that I could come back this year and win it for Staten Island. I love running in ALL the boroughs and the quote you use is a blurb that was not used in the right context. I am sure a ton of others applied but was so excited and grateful that they picked me as the best candidate. I understand if some don't agree with this but I was not part of the decision process.
Unfortunately there have been negative comments and this article (you emailed me yesterday and don't wait for a reply and then publish this in the morning - that is not right and you didn't mention that).At the end of the day - it is about running and a REALLY tough event and celebrating people/supporting people - not "heated Staten Islanders at the start line" and calling my participation, in a really hard event, a slap in the face. On a happy positive note there has been support from many - thank you!