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Subject Files

Series I contains subject files compiled by the New York Road Runners Club Library arranged alphabetically. Records primarily include race programs and brochures; entry forms; newspaper and magazine clippings; press kits and media guides; and press releases.

These files document both NYRR races and other prominent races, including the Boston Marathon, Pittsburgh Marathon, London Marathon, and New Jersey Waterfront Marathon. NYRR races that are represented in this series include: the Corporate Challenge; Empire State Building Run-Up; Fifth Avenue Mile; L’eggs Mini Marathon; New York City Marathon; and the Trevira Twosome.
The NYRRC Library also maintained files on the Achilles Track Club; Fred Lebow; several track and field athletes, including Mary Decker and Frank Shorter; and New York Daily News sportswriter Eddie Coyle. This series also contains several files documenting women’s running and fitness, including safety issues related to the 1989 Central Park Jogger case. Other files document the rise of cross country running, including the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships, 1980-1986, with particular focus on the XII IAAF World Cross Country Championship held at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, March 25, 1984 under the auspices of NYRR.

Series I also contains records on early long-distance running and track and field events that pre-date NYRR and the 1970s running boom. These files include official programs from AAU and Met AAU Track and Field Championships (1924-1948), Knights of Columbus Annual Athletic Games (1925-1949), New York Athletic Club races (1932-1967), and Millrose Games (1928-1993). Of particular note are programs, clippings, and correspondence that document Harry [Abramovitz] Abrams’ participation in C.C. Pyle’s Transcontinental Footrace, run from Los Angeles to New York (1928) and New York to Los Angeles (1929). These records also include Abrams’ original burlap race bibs from both races. Abrams was the first, and likely only, person to have run across the continental United States twice.

These files document both NYRR races and other prominent races, including the Boston Marathon, Pittsburgh Marathon, London Marathon, and New Jersey Waterfront Marathon. NYRR races that are represented in this series include: the Corporate Challenge; Empire State Building Run-Up; Fifth Avenue Mile; L’eggs Mini Marathon; New York City Marathon; and the Trevira Twosome.
The NYRRC Library also maintained files on the Achilles Track Club; Fred Lebow; several track and field athletes, including Mary Decker and Frank Shorter; and New York Daily News sportswriter Eddie Coyle. This series also contains several files documenting women’s running and fitness, including safety issues related to the 1989 Central Park Jogger case. Other files document the rise of cross country running, including the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships, 1980-1986, with particular focus on the XII IAAF World Cross Country Championship held at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, March 25, 1984 under the auspices of NYRR.

Series I also documents early long-distance running and track and field events that pre-date NYRR and the 1970s running boom. These files include official programs from AAU and Met AAU Track and Field Championships (1924-1948), Knights of Columbus Annual Athletic Games (1925-1949), New York Athletic Club races (1932-1967), and Millrose Games (1928-1993). Of particular note are programs, clippings, and correspondence that document Harry [Abramovitz] Abrams’ participation in C.C. Pyle’s Transcontinental Footrace, run from Los Angeles to New York (1928) and New York to Los Angeles (1929). These records also include Abrams’ original burlap race bibs from both races. Abrams was the first, and likely only, person to have run across the continental United States twice.

New York Road Runners Club Library

Scrapbooks

Series II consists of 1 oversize flat box containing scrapbook pages documenting the first International Cross-Country Race at Belmont Park as well as several races sponsored by Xerox, including the 1983 New York City Marathon. Materials in this series were originally housed in oversize scrapbook binders and portfolios. Records include press releases, photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera, including a heat sheet blanket featuring the Xerox logo from the 1983 New York City Marathon. Many of the records are glued to black scrapbook pages.

New York Road Runners Club Library

New York Road Runners Club Library

  • NYRR 09
  • Record Group
  • 1889-2011

Materials in this record group consist of subject files, scrapbooks, books, and periodicals collected by the New York Road Runners Club Library.

New York Road Runners Club Library