Welcome to episode 168 of the Final Surge Podcast where we welcome former Olympian and now the 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 runner boom from the pandemic?