Community Leaders Rally Around A.C. Marathon

By AC Weekly Staff
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Lace up those running shoes because the 51st Atlantic City Marathon is happening! The nation’s third oldest marathon will begin at 8:30am, Sunday, Nov. 15, in front of Boardwalk Hall on the world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The race that almost wasn’t will once again fill the streets of Absecon Island with nearly 2,000 runners going the distance, thanks in large part to the leadership and commitment of the Katz Jewish Community Center (JCC), Harrah’s Entertainment and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA).

After 20 momentous years of stewardship under race director Barbara Altman, the A.C. Marathon was without an organizer this year.“As a community we should all be grateful for the true yeomen’s work Barbara and Ed Altman have done to ensure the Atlantic City Marathon not only survived but thrived over the past two decades,” says Jack Fox, executive director of the JCC, in a release to the media. “We feel a responsibility to keep a viable and exciting event like the marathon in our region and in Atlantic City. This is just the kind of event that will continue to build Atlantic City as a multifaceted destination, and benefits the community as a whole.”

In addition to holding the title as “America’s First Festival of Running,” the Atlantic City Marathon also serves as an official qualifying race for the 2010 Boston Marathon — a distinction that draws runners from all over the world to A.C. each year for the weekend-long event.

“We have a duty to ensure not only that Atlantic City’s greatest traditions are upheld, but now more than ever we need to direct our collective resources into events and attractions that expand our destination’s appeal well beyond our traditional markets,” says Don Marrandino, Eastern Divisional president for Harrah’s Entertainment, in the release. “The Atlantic City Marathon has done that for years, and we are proud to be a part of continuing this amazing event.”

“The Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority is proud to do its part to keep the Atlantic City Marathon running,” said Jeff Vasser, ACCVA president. “It’s events like the marathon, along with the A-10 Men’s basketball championship, ECAC hockey, and the NCAA golf championship, that help diversify Atlantic City’s sports offerings and keep it a world-class resort.”

Race day events and activities include a full marathon (26.2 miles); a half marathon (13.1 miles); a 10K run (6.2 miles); a 5K run (3.1 miles); a two-mile, non-competitive Health Walk; and a free Freda Spano Kids Fun Run. For information on the marathon’s course, entry fees and registration, click here or call the JCC at 822-1167 ext. 136.

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