NYC Marathon: Apply for Foot Locker's 5 Borough Challenge

Running the ING New York City Marathon? Foot Locker wants you. Photo: Foot Locker

NEW YORK, May 26, 2012—Are you running the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 4? Do you live in one of New York City’s five boroughs? You could be a part of the Foot Locker Five Borough Challenge, a race within a race at the ING New York City Marathon.

Five runners—one from each of New York City’s boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island—run together for the first half of the race, and then face off against each other in the second.

This year, Foot Locker is looking for team members who have used running to overcome significant challenges in their lives.

The runners selected for the challenge will be VIPs for the race. The Foot Locker Five Borough Challenge has its own start time and will be featured on the WABC television broadcast. The winner of the challenge gets to take home a Tiffany & Co. trophy as the 2012 Foot Locker Five Borough Challenge Champion.

To qualify for the Foot Locker Five Borough Challenge, you must:

1) Be an accepted entrant in the 2012 ING New York City Marathon
2) Currently reside in one of New York City’s five boroughs: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island
3) Be able to complete the marathon between 3:30 and 4:00 hours

Responsibilities of team members include:

1) Committing to running the first 13.1 miles of the marathon with the Challenge Team (after that, you’re free to run alone or stay with the group)
2) Availability at select times during Marathon Week to participate in a pre-race media event
3) Availability for pre-race promotional opportunities including group runs (dates to be determined)

To apply, visit the challenge page at Applications will be accepted through June 18, 2012.

Karla Bruning is a veteran journalist and running nerd. She has completed four marathons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

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Karla Bruning

Karla Bruning is the host of On The Run, a TV and web show from New York Road Runners. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine,,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and two dozen other outlets including ESPN2, Universal Sports and ABC in New York. She and her work have also received mentions from The New York Times, Runner's World, Fox Sports, Canadian Running, The Baltimore Sun, and PBS among others. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times.


A former Newsweek reporter, Karla has won a Fulbright scholarship for American journalists and reporting grants from the Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Karla holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed seven marathons, four triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. Find Karla on, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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