Reimagined space is steps from the race’s iconic finish line and will feature a Visitor Center with a café and bar, health and wellness workshops, athlete and celebrity appearances, live entertainment, and other special events
NYRR Press Release
October 21, 2015
New York—The brand-new TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion will open for runners and fans in Central Park on Monday, October 26, steps from the iconic finish line of the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon, which will take place on Sunday, November 1. The reimagined space will feature a dynamic Visitor Center with an array of activities and programming for visitors, it was announced today by Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.
“We are thrilled to create this all-new TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion to serve as the celebratory hub for our runners, fans, partners, parkgoers, and members of the media during race week,” said Ciaccia. “There is an excitement felt throughout the city as we lead into race day, and this spectacular space enhances the week for all who are, and want to be, a part of this powerful event.”
“The TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion welcomes everyone from around the world who unites to be a part of this city and the spirt of this race,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. “From the beautiful new entrance, to the variety of programming, to the new technology powered by Tata Consultancy Services that enhances all that we do, we hope everyone ‘Gets Their New York On’ at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion.”
“Central Park Conservancy is happy to once again host the finish line of the TCS New York City Marathon, and to provide the setting for the new TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion,” said Doug Blonsky, Central Park Conservancy President and CEO. “As always, we’re proud to work with New York Road Runners to prepare Central Park for the tens of thousands of runners and spectators who enjoy the race each year.”
The TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion will be a central hub that welcomes and host tens of thousands of runners and fans, and hundreds of partners and members of the media, as they converge from around the world to celebrate the TCS New York City Marathon. To add to the energy surrounding the space, the West 67th Street entrance to Central Park will be designed to illustrate the thrill of the TCS New York City Marathon experience, from the bold and uplifting “Get Your New York On” campaign art to historical and informational signage.
The space features a Visitor Center on the first floor and the NYRR Media Center on the top level, both offering an abundance of space for guests and an infusion of new technology powered by Tata Consultancy Services. On the first floor, the Visitor Center will welcome runners and guests to Central Park to enjoy food and drinks at the café and bar provided by Tavern on the Green and TCS New York City Marathon product partners Poland Spring, PowerBar, Gatorade, and Snyder’s; shop for apparel at the TCS New York City Marathon store; and experience workshops for first-time and experienced marathon runners, athlete and celebrity appearances, film screenings, live entertainment, and other special events.
The main stage will feature a dramatic 15’ x 50’ digital screen that will showcase engaging and informative TCS New York City Marathon content, and present short films including Run For Your Life: The Fred Lebow Story, City Slickers Can’t Stay With Me: The Coach Bob Larsen Story (featuring an appearance by Meb Keflezighi), Tracktown (featuring an appearance by Alexi Pappas), and Every Day, an ESPN Films 30 for 30 short about Joy Johnson, the oldest woman to run the 2013 New York City Marathon.
Programming highlights include book talks and signings with running legend Kathrine Switzer, CNN’s Emmy award-winning journalist Tom Foreman, and author and feature writer Ed Caesar. There will also be musical entertainment throughout race week, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce jazz band, and DJs from iHeartMedia, an official media partner of the TCS New York City Marathon.
The TCS New York City Marathon’s title sponsor, Tata Consultancy Services, will present an array of programming in the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion centered on technology and community. Visitors will be able to view TCS Runfographics, demo the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services, watch the TCS goIT fitness app youth contest and awards presentation, and engage with TCS in a number of other ways. Visitors will also be treated to free wireless Internet inside the Pavilion and charging stations powered by TCS.
The TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion will host a number of private and special events before, during, and after the race, including the NYRR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Abebe Bikila and George Hirsch Journalism Award Presentation on Thursday, October 29, the TCS New York City Marathon Sponsor Reception on Friday, October 30, the NYRR Team for Kids Breakfast and TCS New York City Marathon Eve Dinner on Saturday, October 31, the Blue Line Lounge VIP experience, presented by Tata Consultancy Services, on Sunday, November 1, and Marathon Monday, featuring finisher medal engraving by Fond Memories, limited-edition 2015 TCS New York City Marathon ASICS finisher gear, and official photo products from MarathonFoto.
The Visitor Center at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion will be open to the public Monday through Thursday of race week from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Marathon Monday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information and the full schedule of events, please visit tcsnycmarathon.org.
The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon broadcast is produced in partnership with IMG Productions and will be televised live on Sunday, November 1, on WABC-TV, Channel 7 in the New York Tri-State area from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET and for the rest of the nation on ESPN2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. A highlight show will air from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET on WABC-TV, Channel 7 and local ABC affiliates throughout the nation. Additionally, the race will be available live in Spanish via ESPN Deportes+ and internationally via a variety of global broadcast partners.
Pre-race coverage will be carried live in the New York Tri-State area on WABC-TV, Channel 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, November 1. Additional race-weekend programming on WABC-TV, Channel 7 includes live coverage of the TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines on Friday, October 30, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the Countdown to the Starting Line on Saturday, October 31, from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. ET. Pre-race and race coverage on Sunday, November 1 is available to stream live on WATCH ABC and ESPN3 (accessible on WatchESPN platforms). Click here for all the broadcast details, including online and via mobile devices.
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About the TCS New York City Marathon
The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the largest marathon in the world. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. The race began in 1970 with just 127 entrants running four laps around Central Park, and expanded citywide in 1976. In 2014, a record 50,530 runners from 130 countries toured New York City’s five boroughs, including the one-millionth finisher in the history of the event, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, before ending in Manhattan at the iconic Central Park finish line. More than one million spectators line the city streets to cheer on the runners, while millions more watch the live television broadcast in the United States and around the world. The race is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series featuring the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowning the top professional male and female marathoners in the world. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. To learn more, visit the TCS New York City Marathon website at www.tcsnycmarathon.com.