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September 7, 2017

NYRR Announces Deepest Media Mile Field In History

The following is a fun press release by NYRR

New York, September 7, 2017 — More than 80 runners from over 30 media outlets across New York City are expected to lace up for the Media Mile at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday, September 10, a race that which will stretch 20 blocks down Manhattan’s most famous thoroughfare, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 80th Street to Grand Army Plaza at 60th Street.

Now in its seventh year, the Media Mile will include a range of reporters, editors, videographers, social media influencers, and production staff from print, online and broadcast media outlets. Members of the media who participate in the race will receive a pair of New Balance running shoes, and post-race, runners are invited to the VIP hospitality tent at the finish line.

New this year, awards will be presented in the following Media Miler categories (men and women):

  • Fastest Local News Media Miler
  • Fastest National News Media Miler
  • Fastest Running/Sports Media Miler
  • Fastest Consumer Media Miler
  • Fastest Entertainment Media Miler
  • Most Inspirational Media Miler

The day begins at 8:00 a.m. ET and is expected to draw 6,000 runners across 23 total heats – from youth and seniors to New Balance and FDNY/NYPD heats – with the Media Mile set to begin at 11:30 a.m. and the professional athlete races rounding out the day. In partnership with New York Road Runners and USA Track & Field, NBC Sports Group will broadcast the 2017 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile professional athlete races and a roundup of other races on NBC at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Chris Chavez of Sports Illustrated and CITIUS MAG was the runner-up in the Media Mile at last year’s event, finishing second in 5:43, and will be returning in search of his first Media Mile title. He’ll use the race as part of his training for this year’s BMW Berlin Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon.

“It’s an honor to be the top returning finisher for the New Balance 5th Avenue Media Mile, and I fully hope to rise to the occasion against what is believed to be the deepest media mile field in history,” Chavez said. “Personally, winning the Media Mile would be bigger than winning the TCS New York City Marathon … at least I like to tell myself that because there’s fewer people to beat. I grew up in these streets so a win for me is a win for New York City.”

Reminder: Here at CITIUS MAG, we have a prediction contest with ROLL RECOVERY to win an R3 roller,, if you can guess Chavez’s time. Details below:

Cathal Dennehy of Runner’s World and the IAAF, is coming into the Media Mile fresh off a major victory at the 800-meter Media Heat at the IAAF World Championships in London last month. He crossed the line in 1:54 and is expected to challenge Chavez for the Fastest Media Miler title.

Amy Freeze of WABC-7 will make her fifth appearance in the Media Mile, having finished under seven minutes in three of her previous four appearances. She was the 11th-place women’s finisher last year, and this will be her first race as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador.

Dario Melendez of NY1 Sports will make his Media Mile debut after having already participated in five NYRR races this year, including the United Airlines NYC Half and Brooklyn Half. He’s hoping to run all races in the NYRR Five-Borough Series this year, as well as the TCS New York City Marathon.

Additional notables competing in the Media Mile include: CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki Barber and MLB Network’s Sam Ryan, both of whom will be racing this year’s TCS New York City Marathon and are NYRR Team for Kids Ambassadors, as well as NBC Sports’ Peter Diamond, who is the Executive Vice President of Programming for the network.

Editor’s Note: CITIUS MAG will be represented by Chavez, Paul Snyder and Ammar Moussa. Paul has previously announced his intent to win the race.


     New Balance 5th Avenue Mile – Media Mile – Men’s Field

Name Twitter Handle Media Miler Category Media Outlet
Tiki Barber @TikiBarber Running/Sports CBS Sports Radio
Ammar Moussa @ammarmufasa Running/Sports Citius Mag
Paul Snyder @danieldingus Running/Sports Citius Mag
Eric Chemi N/A National News CNBC
AJ Horch @AJHorch National News CNBC
Michael Schwartz N/A National News CNBC
Kenneth Kiesnoski @kkiesnoski National News CNBC
Gio Moreano @GiovannyMoreano National News CNBC
Arun Das @arunwithaview Local News Fox 5
Luke Funk @lukefunknews Local News Fox 5
Keith Zubrow @kzubrow Entertainment Late Show W/ Colbert
Alex Trowbridge @AlexanderTrow Entertainment Late Show W/Colbert
Brian Baresch N/A National News
Mark Lebetkin N/A National News
Nev Schulman @NevSchulman Entertainment MTV
Peter Diamond N/A Running/Sports NBC Sports
Andrew Blackwell @ablackwell National News New York Times
Kevin Armstrong @KevinGArmstrong Local News NY Daily News
Christian Gollayan @heyxtian Local News NY Post
Zach Kussin @zacharykussin Local News NY Post
Dario Melendez @Dario_Melendez Running/Sports NY1 News
George Whipple @GeorgeWhipple3 Local News NY1 News
Colby Wilson N/A Local News NY1 News
Kit Fox @kitfoxrw Running/Sports Runner’s World
Cathal Dennehy @Cathal_Dennehy Running/Sports Runner’s World/IAAF
Kenny Thapoung @KTpoung Consumer Self
Ben Fischer @BenFischerSBJ Running/Sports Sports Business Journal
Daniel Kaplan @dkaplanSBJ Running/Sports Sports Business Journal
Chris Chavez @ChrisChavez Running/Sports Sports Illustrated
Matt Dollinger @matt_dollinger Running/Sports Sports Illustrated
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband Running/Sports The Post Game
Mike Darling @mike_darling Consumer Tonic/Vice
Rafael Bello @rafaelbello National News Univision
Luis Gomez @LUIS_GOMEZ_ National News Univision
Tom Miller N/A Entertainment Watch What Happens Live w/Andy Cohen
Dave Price @DavePriceTV Local News WNBC


     New Balance 5th Avenue Mile – Media Mile – Women’s Field

Name Twitter Handle Media Miler Category Media Outlet
Katie Klein @katiepony Entertainment Bustle
Kate Ward @KateWardBustle Entertainment Bustle
Kate Ward @KateWardBustle Entertainment Bustle
Alexandra Privitera @aliprivitera National News CNBC
Bree Doyle @bree_kelly National News CNBC
Courtney Baker @CourtReagan National News CNBC
Jennifer Schlesinger @jennyanne211 National News CNBC
Julia (Pippa) Stevens N/A National News CNBC
Kelly Evans-Chemmi N/A National News CNBC
Kristan Dietz @KristanDietz Running/Sports Competitor
Ashley Oerman @AshleyOerman Consumer Cosmo
Katherine Hobson @KatherineHobson Running/Sports FiveThirtyEight
Alexandra Eagle N/A Entertainment Late Show W/Colbert
Charlotte (Carly) Hillman N/A Entertainment Late Show W/Colbert
Dominique Banas @DominiqueBanas Entertainment Late Show W/Colbert
Emily Newman @eminewms Entertainment Late Show W/Colbert
Kristin Feinberg @kfein09 Entertainment Late Show W/Colbert
Marissa Mullen @marissamullen Entertainment Late Show W/Colbert
Monica Hickey @Molindsky Entertainment Late Show W/Colbert
Paige Kendig @PaigeKK Entertainment Late Show W/Colbert
Sam Ryan @SamRyanMLB Running/Sports MLB/Sirius XM
Talya Minsberg @tminsberg National News New York Times
Lindsay Crouse @lindsaycrouse National News New York Times
Catherine Kast @TheUsualCk Local News NY Post
Hana Alberts @HanaRAlberts Local News NY Post
Kirsten Fleming @KirFlem Local News NY Post
Lauren Steussy @LaurenSteussy Local News NY Post
Molly Shea @mollylizshea Local News NY Post
Carolina Trejos @CarolinaTrejos_ Entertainment People (Espanol)
Kristina Rodulfo @kristinarodulfo Consumer POPSUGAR
Abby Hepworth @ahepwo23 Consumer PureWow
Ashley Mateo @ashleymateo Consumer Redbook
Rachel Morris N/A Consumer Redbook/Woman’s Day/Martha Stewart
Leah Rocketto @LRocketto Entertainment Romper
Sashea Lawson @sassyfitgirl Running/Sports SassyFitGirl
Whitney Highfield N/A Consumer Scholastic
Jocelyn Runice @eunicerunice Consumer Self
Kiera Aaron @KieraMCarter Consumer Shape
Mandy Jenkins @mjenkins Consumer Storyful
Alicia Zimmerman @AliciaYbarbo National News Today Show
Maria Vargas-Pion @MariaVargasPion National News Univision
Sofia Villa @sofiavilla06 National News Univision
Alyse Shorland @ashorland Consumer Vice Media
Susan Rinkunas @sueonthetown Consumer Vice Media
Amy Freeze @AmyFreeze7 Local News WABC
Chelsea Evans N/A Entertainment Watch What Happens Live w/ Andy Cohen
Dori Kornspan N/A Entertainment Watch What Happens Live w/ Andy Cohen
Jordan Fazio N/A Entertainment Watch What Happens Live w/ Andy Cohen
Kristine Thomason @K_Thomason12 Consumer Women’s Health
Marissa Gainsburg @RissyGayle Consumer Women’s Health
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