Welcome to episode 168 of the Final Surge Podcast where we welcome former Olympian and now a coach at NYRR Roberto Mandje to the show. Roberto talks about how the pandemic is affecting the NYRR and the plan for the 2020 NYC Marathon to be a virtual race. We also talk about the NYRR Coaching Lab where you can get training from their coaches to help you have a successful marathon. Roberto shares a lot of valuable information in this episode.
:54 How you got started in running?
2:22 You ran in the 1500 in the 2004 Olympics?
3:18 What was that Olympic experience like for you representing a smaller country?
5:06 As a former Olympian what were your thoughts after the Olympics were canceled for this year?
6:50 What was your career like from 2004 to the time you joined NYRR
9:42 Could you give us some info besides the NYRR what else are you doing in the community?
11:07 If you are having 60 events throughout the year you guys are very active, so when the shut down happened what was that like to you?
13:02 Explain what is involved with a virtual race for the participant
15:30 Are you seeing people who run the actual course that was intended?
16:40 Can you tell us what the NYRR Coaching Lab is?
18:05 How many different training plans are there for the marathon?
19:00 What are the differences between the 3 plans?
19:55 What will they get with this training plan?
20:38 How do the Zoom calls work?
21:52 What type of topics are covered?
23:00 You have processionals participating in the virtual right?
23:38 What type of interest is there for the mid-packers?
25:00 Where can people register for it?
26:48 Is this the same medal that would have been given out or are they different?
28:58 Have you seen a runners boom from the pandemic?