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  • NYRR 04
  • Record Group
  • 1930-2017

Materials in this record group consist of artifacts, including textiles and 3-dimensional objects, produced by New York Road Runners. The records primarily document the New York City Marathon, but also cover other prominent NYRR races.

New York Road Runners


This series consists of race t-shirts distributed to runners by NYRR and dates from 1973 to 2016. The series contains a partial run of New York City Marathon race t-shirts, with the earliest dating from 1973. Of particular note are the four 1976 New York City Marathon shirts, which include 2 shirts signed by Marathon winner Bill Rodgers and one shirt advertising the New York Academy of Sciences Marathon Conference held after the 1976 Marathon.

The series is arranged by race and therein chronologically, and it contains a partially complete run of weekly race t-shirts from 2004-2009 and 2015. Races represented in the collection include: the Fred Lebow Classic, Joe Kleinerman 10K, Midnight Run, Norwegian Festival, Japan Day, and Healthy Kidney 10K, as well as the 1984 and 1985 L'eggs Mini Marathon. Other t-shirts document NYRR’s Youth Programs, including the New York Road Runner Foundation, Mighty Milers, and Young Runners. The series also contains a small amount of NYRR staff t-shirts and polo shirts.

Series II also contains 4 quilts, crafted from race t-shirts. The largest quilt contains 20 panels using New York City Marathon t-shirts from 1973 and 1975-1989. Each panel has handwritten finish times for male and female winners. A second quilt was created using Joe Kleinerman 10K t-shirts from 1994 to 2001. The remaining quilts, dating from 1980-1993, utilize t-shirts from several races, including the Brooklyn Half Marathon, Trevira Twosome, Midnight Run, Women's Half Marathon, and America's Ekiden.

This series also contains the Fritz Mueller T-shirt Collection, donated to the NYRR Archives in March 2017. Included in this collection are t-shirts from the New York City Marathon (1973-1988), Yonkers Marathon (1976, 1978-1979), and Brooklyn Half Marathon (1985 and 1988).

New York Road Runners Photo Archives

  • NYRR 11
  • Record Group
  • 1912 - 2017

Record Group 11 consists of 5 series:

Series I. Administration
Series II. Historical Races
Series III. New York City Marathon
Series IV. Notable People
Series V. Subject Files

New York Road Runners

Miscellaneous races CDs 2003-2014

Labrecque Run 2003, 2004; Bronx 10 mile 2013; NYC Half 2013; Kurt Steiner X-C; Staten Island Half; Tune-Up 2013; Joe K 2014; Bronx 10 Mile 2017 medal; ING New York City Marathon metal water bottle, 40th running, "I'm part of it"; Run 5K, Run for Life hard plastic blue solo cup

Race Bibs

Series III consists of 1 box of race bibs, the bulk of which date from 2000 to 2014. The series includes regular race bibs as well as Creative Service presentation bibs. Races documented in this series include: the New York City Marathon, Midnight Run, Front Runners New York Pride Run, Ted Corbit 15K, and the Joe Kleinerman 10K.

Of particular note is a hand-painted race bib from the 1973 New York City Marathon. The bib was likely painted by New York Road Runners Club founding member Harry Murphy, also known as "The Brush." Murphy painted signs for many early NYRR races and founded the Prospect Park Track Club (PPTC).

The series also includes Tim Broe's race bib from the 2004 Men's USA 8K Championships. The signed bib is glued to an oversize mat along with a photograph of Broe at the finish line.


Series I consists of four boxes of finisher medals. The series includes a full run of finisher medals from the New York City Marathon from 1976 to 2014. Up to four copies of each medal has been preserved in the NYRR Archives, with one copy on permanent display at the NYRR Run Center. Of particular note is a VIP medal from the 1981 NYC Marathon and the two designs for the 2005 medal featuring the likeness of Fred Lebow.

This series also consists of medals from the New York City Half Marathon, Brooklyn Half Marathon, New York Mini, More Marathon, More Half Marathon, Empire State Building Run-Up, Fifth Avenue Mile, Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff, and NYC Run to Liberty, dating from 2000-2015, as well as Club Night nominee, Mighty Miler, and generic adult and kids' running medals.

1 box contains medals from non-NYRR races, dating from 1988 to 2011. Among the races represented are: the Chicago Marathon, Quebec City Marathon, Philadelphia Half-Marathon, and the United States Air Force Marathon.

This series also includes several framed New York City Marathon finisher medals, dating from 1990-1999 and 2002-2003.

New York Road Runners

Other New York Road Runners Publications

Series III consists of a small amount of publications produced by and for NYRR’s youth programs as well as NYRR’s Annual Report (2011-2012, 2016). Youth program publications consist of: “Running Partners News” produced by the NYRR Foundation; “Footnotes: A Newsletter from NYRR Youth Programs;” and “NYRR Young Runners News.” This series also includes the 2015 Mighty Milers Program Impact report.

New York Road Runners

Promotional Items

Records in this series include event ephemera and promotional items distributed to runners and spectators at NYRR races. Materials include reporter's notebooks, postcards, temporary tattoos, magnets and lanyards produced for the New York City Marathon. Of particular note are three metal serving trays depicting the marathon course from the New York City Marathon (1977-1979). Other New York City Marathon artifacts include a luggage tag (1992), United We Run ribbons (2001), and a fleece blanket from the 2011 Opening Ceremony Parade of Nations.

This series also contains a variety of Mighty Milers and Young Runners promotional materials, including wristbands, membership cards, and key chains. Other artifacts include heatsheet blankets, clear plastic runner bags, as well as hats, socks, gloves and drawstring bags.

Media Relations

Series II contains records created by the NYRR Media and Public Relations department and consists of media guides, press kits, press releases, press clippings, and media coverage and media wrap-up reports. The bulk of the series documents the New York City Marathon and dates from 1976-2016. The series contains a complete run of New York City Marathon media guides dating from 1997-2014, and includes both clean copies as well as annotated copies belonging to former NYRR Media Director Richard Finn.

Records in this series document NYRR’s media monitoring efforts, beginning with loose original press clippings from newspapers and magazines collected by Burrelle’s media monitoring service to bound volumes prepared by public relations firms, including Edelman and Rubenstein Communications. Results from media monitoring activities were provided to NYRR in the form a bound report, which have been referred to over time as clip books, media wrap-up reports, or media coverage reports. The reports contain photocopies or print-outs of newspaper, magazine, and online media coverage.

Other races covered in this series include: the New York City Half Marathon, L’Eggs Mini Marathon, New York Mini 10K, Fifth Avenue Mile, Healthy Kidney 10K, Empire State Building Run-Up, and the NYRR Millrose Games.

New York Road Runners


  • NYRR 02
  • Record Group
  • 1958-2016

Materials in this record group consist of publications produced by New York Road Runners from 1958 to 2016, including newsletters and inserts; event calendars; race programs, brochures, participant handbooks; as well as publications and newsletters of the Road Runners Club of America.

New York Road Runners

Departmental Records

  • NYRR 01
  • Record Group
  • 1973-2016

This record group documents the work of internal New York Road Runner departments. Records date from 1973-2016 and consist of correspondence and memoranda; meeting minutes and notes; presentation materials; budgets; and reports.

New York Road Runners


  • NYRR 05
  • Record Group
  • 1970-2016

Materials in this record group consist of audio and motion-picture media arranged chronologically.

New York Road Runners

Event Ephemera

Series II consists of brochures, fliers, programs, and pamphlets for New York Road Runner events and races dating from 1971 to 2014. The records include the official handbook for the New York City Marathon from 2003 to 2014, as well as programs and guides for the 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1992 New York City Marathon. Series II also contains the official marathon program and results magazine for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, the first program to be published following the dissolution of New York Runner.

Other records include photobooks produced as promotional items by NYRR. These document the finishes of Paula Radcliffe in the 2008 ING New York City Marathon; Shalane Flanagan, Gebre Gebremariam, Edna Kiplagat, and Edison Pena in the 2010 ING New York City Marathon; as well as Asics, Nissan, and Emerald sponsorship of the 2011 ING New York City Marathon.

Series II also contains an incomplete run of programs for the L’Eggs Mini Marathon and Advil Mini Marathon (1976, 1979-1997), as well as programs from the New York Games, Trevira Twosome, Avon Women’s Half-Marathon, XII World Cross Country Championships, and the New York Six-Day Run. A small amount of records consist of NYRR Club Night programs; pocket guides for the 2014 and 2015 NYC Half Marathon; and programs from tributes to Grete Waitz and Al Gordon.

New York Road Runners

Strategy, Planning and Organization Operations

Series VI consists of records created by Bari Greenfield, Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Organization Operations. Records date from 2011-2015 and document the department's work in developing and executing New York Road Runner's strategies, goals, and initiatives. The bulk of the records document the New York City Half-Marathon (2013-2015) and New York City Marathon (2013-2014) and consist of: race metrics summary reports, post-race staff survey and runner survey results, as well as meeting materials from the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon post-marathon strategy session.

A small amount of material documents NYRR's partnership with The Armory Foundation and consists of wrap up reports for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The wrap up reports contain information on the year's training season, track meet attendance, the Armory College Prep program, and the Millrose Games.

New York Road Runners

New York Road Runners Newsletters

Series I contains an incomplete run of newsletters published by New York Road Runners (NYRR) between 1959 and 2015. Published under several names, the NYRR newsletter was America’s oldest publication on running. First published as the Road Runners Club, New York Association Newsletter (1959-1977), it was briefly named the New York Road Runners Club Newsletter before transitioning to a magazine format as New York Running News (1979-1997). In August/September 1997, the title was changed again to New York Runner (1997-2015). Over time, the newsletter has undergone various format changes, beginning as an in-house typed newsletter published by NYRR founder Ted Corbitt to a newspaper format in the 1970s and finally as a magazine. From Fall 2014 – Fall 2015, New York Runner was also published in digital format and available via NYRR's website. New York Runner ceased publication following the Fall 2015 issue. Volume and issue numbering of newsletters is inconsistent and titling reflects the original numbering.

The newsletters contain a variety of information including: race results; training tips for runners; local club news; and profiles of NYRR members and elite runners. Newsletters from the 1960s also contain early membership rosters. The official New York City Marathon guide/program as well as the Marathon Results magazine were typically published as issues of the newsletter and contain the complete finisher list. This series also contains several issues of New York Running News and New York Runner labeled as editorial copies, some of which include editorial annotations.

Other publications in this series consist of What’s Happening (1979-1992), The Rundown (2000-2003), NYRR in the Loop (2003-2008), and NYRR Races (2003-2009) newsletters, as well as the monthly membership mailer (1993-1995). These newsletters and mailers were sent to NYRR members and include calendars and information on NYRR races, events, running classes and clinics, as well as race entry forms.

New York Road Runners


Series VI contains certificates, plaques, trophies and other awards presented to New York Road Runners and NYRR staff, the bulk of which date from 1975-2015. Among the awards found in this series are: the Ted Corbitt Award presented to Allan Steinfeld at the NYRRC 4th Annual Awards (1983); a plaque presented to Fred Lebow posthumously upon his induction into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame (2001); the National Running Industry Conference Running USA Her Sports Trailblazer Award presented to Mary Wittenberg (2006); and the New York Road Runners Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Jack Rudin [2011]. Of particular note is the certificate, souvenir canisters, and Joan Miro designed trophy presented to NYRR and the New York City Marathon upon receiving the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports (2014).

This series also includes finisher and participant ribbons, most of which were distributed at kids' races. Races documented include: NYRR/New York Mets Minor League Run to Home Plate (2001-2004), Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile (2005), Emerald Nuts Midnight Run (2005), Japan Day Kids’ Races (2015), and France Run 8K Kids’ Races (2015). This series also includes two running trophies dating from the 1930s.

Executive Office

Records in this series were created by former NYRR President/CEO Mary Wittenberg and consist of correspondence and memoranda; reports; speeches; talking points; as well as her personal copies of NYRR Board of Directors meeting minutes and supplemental materials.

The bulk of the board materials date from 2000-2015 and consist of supplemental materials, which typically contain an agenda, minutes of the previous meeting, correspondence, budgets, recent media coverage, and reports on topics of discussion. Many of the records also contain Mary Wittenberg’s notes and annotations. Other records include meeting minutes and notes for Board committees, including the Audit Committee and Executive Committee. Board records in this series are not comprehensive, and official board meeting minutes can be found in NYRR 10: Governance Records.

The bulk of this series consists of Mary Wittenberg’s subject files, dating from 2005-2015, and document her daily work as NYRR President/CEO. Records are arranged by subject matter and therein chronologically, and primarily consist of her correspondence, speeches, and press talking points. Also included are Wittenberg’s copies of strategic planning documents pertaining to the New York City Marathon, NYRR races and events, and departmental and organization-wide changes. Other files relate to NYRR partnerships and relationships with various entities, including the City of New York, the Parks Department and Central Park Conservancy, USA Track & Field, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Armory Foundation. A small portion of records consist of budget materials, financial statements, and investment portfolio reviews, as well as documents relating to real estate and renovations of NYRR’s former office space at 89th Street.

Wittenberg, M. (Mary)

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