Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Episode 59: NYC Marathon & NYRR's Team for Kids, with Coach Glen Wiener

Episode 59 with Coach Glen Wiener from NYRR's Team for Kids can be found on most podcast apps, including Google, Spotify, Apple and Anchor! 

Coach Glen (front and center) on one of hundreds of runs with Team for Kids!

In this episode we sat down with famed coach Glen Wiener, who has been with Team for Kids and New York Road Runners since 2008, coaching thousands of runners training for their first NYC Marathon. In this episode, he shares with us about what the NYC marathon experience is like, what makes it unique: from the early morning Staten Island Ferry to cheers along mile 18-25. Some nuggets of simple wisdom from empowering so many to finish their first marathon, and specifically on a difficult parts of the course in New York, are the highlight of the podcast! As a Team for Kids Coach, he also gets to see the life-changing work T4K does on the ground every day in the New York City area and across the country, and for this reason has remained with T4K so long. 

Glen is a lifelong runner with an undeniable passion for the sport and coaching others, and has ran over 25 marathons, including Boston five times, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. While he found running early and was a collegiate runner, he took up marathons later in life (25 years after college). Glen is a Road Runner’s Club of America and Jack Daniel’s VDOT certified coach, part of the USA Track & Field coaching program as a Level 2 Endurance Coach. In 2009 Glen’s training program was featured in the New York Times alongside the programs of luminaries like Jeff Galloway, and Greg McMillan. He believes that “coaching is an art based on science and works closely with runners of all abilities to help them achieve goals they never thought possible”(1). 

*If you’d like to contribute to Team for Kids this year or consider running/fundraising for them in a future major marathon attempt (New York, London, Boston, etc.), you can check out my fundraiser page to give, learn more, or just see what the platform is like:

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--Happy Running--  Mark Lane-Holbert

  1. Team for Kids Coaches Profiles (October, 2021).