Attention sports fans! The 2023 NYC Marathon has come and gone- from the lows of sore feet and exhausted muscles to the highs of the finish line and the friendships- and don’t forget the DJ John Michael dance party (ft. the Rayburn, Maggiacomo, and Wilpers Pelopups). Our runners, and one broadcaster, deserve our congratulations!
Off the Tread and into the Streets
On Sunday, November 5th, a handful of our favorite instructors joined around 50,000 other athletes in the yearly 26.2 race, which passes through all five city boroughs and across five city bridges.
Jeffrey McEachern and Susie Chan came from London, joining PSNY runners Rad Lopez, Mariana Fernandez, Selena Samuela, and surprise entry Tunde Oyeneyin. They were joined by fellow instructor Becs Gentry, but instead of hitting the pavement this time, Becs took a place in front of the camera, reporting for ESPN2.
Have we mentioned the most lit cheer section in 26.2 miles? Cheer captain DJ John Michael invited his Peloton faithful in a reel a few days ago, and made it to a dance-off with the entire Wilpers family. The Peloton crowd turned up in force, having fully prepared- Ross Rayburn was out with his pups, as was Matt Wilpers. Logan, Denis, Camila, Nana Maggiacomo-Feeley (presumably with her dads), and more showed up for the Mile 20 party.
Selena’s pride came in her first marathon post-motherhood, and in toddler Torin’s “Go Mama Love You!” sign. (She also got the best look at our instructors, as a group, getting ready to start the race together!)
However, it’s possible the most dramatic story of the day was that of Tunde Oyeneyin, first-time marathoner, who managed to train in secret (though we did notice more running talk than usual!) She faced the camera post-race, looking completely exhausted- but glowing- and told us, “I just did the hardest thing that I’ve ever done in my entire life, um… I just ran 26.2 miles.”
While we’re promised more of a story, and more of her realizations later, she let us know that she’s never related to the feeling of giving up close to a finish line before. She’s more of a person who goes into overdrive when she sees a finish line. Until the marathon- with three miles left she was ready to stop- but didn’t. As of Sunday afternoon, she was hungry, thirsty, but too tired to chew and too tired to get up for a drink. We can’t wait to hear more.