Wrapped up in a compact 5’3 package, Samantha Palmer is a a big presence. She’s a whirlwind of positive energy that blends Midwestern nice with Southern charming to make a flavor all her own. I was lucky enough to meet with her before the USA 10K championship race and got to experience firsthand her excitement bubbling over, because for the first time in many years she would be racing with her sister. Not to mention, it was an excuse for them to come back to New York City together. “We had such a great time when we were here [last November]! And I just love New York Road Runners.”
Not only does NYRR operate the New York City Marathon, they are also a year-round organizer of near-weekly races, have impactful youth programs and activate local runners in community organization, volunteerism and fundraising for charity. Putting on a great event that runs smooth is their specialty, and for elite runners that makes everything simple. It also, as Samantha pointed out, affords them the ability to seed their events with excellent purses and that attract excellent fields.
That was especially true for this race. Read more >>