We know there are great runners among us. Last night, the running community at large confirmed it.
New at the year’s event, NYRR presented the first annual “Freddie” awards to our individual winners and top teams. The award is a tribute to Fred Lebow, the man whose vision led NYRR for decades, who co-founded the New York City Marathon and elevated it to one of the world’s premier sporting events, and who, back in 1980, started Club Night as a way to celebrate outstanding achievement among our members and at our races. (this paragraph lifted from the NYRR website!)
The Freddie’s inaugural year was a great year for the Taconics. Jane Lundy, Steve Calidonna and Joe Porcaro were awarded Freddies for Runner of the Year.
Our Women’s 50’s and Men’s 60’s teams also won Freddies as the winning teams in their categories.
It’s been a great year of running, to be sure, and we’ve all worked hard. But it’s important to remember that we have great runners among us — they’ll give us a smile or match our pace on a long run, and then totally dominate a race the following week. They bring out the best in all of us, and heartfelt congratulations all the nominees, and especially to Jane, Stave and Joe this year.