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September 27th, 2016

Race IQ: New York City Marathon

Please join Tailwind Endurance and Finish Line Physical Therapy on Monday, October 24, as we welcome a panel of experts to discuss the ins, outs and secrets to success at the New York City Marathon. If you’re racing, you won’t want to miss this!

WHAT: Race IQ: New York City Marathon, featuring:

  • John Honerkamp (Co-Leader of November Project – NYC, has worked for NYRR since 2011 on all things training & coaching related)
  • Mike Cassidy (2012 Olympic Trials qualifier, 4-time NYC Marathon finisher)
  • Jessie Zapo (founder and coach of Girls Run NYC, 9-time marathon finisher)

WHEN: Monday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Finish Line Physical Therapy (119 W. 23rd St. #304; punch in 2711 to access the building)

REGISTER – it’s FREE to attend!

We’re assuming you’ve already gotten great advice from a coach about marathon training and all that (“nothing new on race day,” right?). Now you need all of the inside-scoop, nitty-gritty details to have your best race at the New York City Marathon – and we’re here to give it to you! Join us for what promises to be a great night of discussion and insider knowledge on race weekend, event logistics and the race course.


John Honerkamp has coached runners of all ages and abilities for 15 years. A 1998 graduate of St. John’s, he was the youngest semifinalist in the 800-meters at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials. After graduation, Honerkamp ran professionally for the Reebok Enclave Track Club from 1998 to 2001. Since moving to New York in 2001, he has run for the New York Athletic Club. He has worked for New York Road Runners since 2011 on all things training and coaching related, including the NYRR Virtual Trainer and Group Training. He has run the New York City Marathon five times. Currently, he is the Co-Leader of November Project – NYC.

Mike Cassidy qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials after running a personal best of 2:18:52 at the 2011 California International Marathon. He’s finished eight marathons, including four in New York City. In 2013, he ran 2:23:46 to finish 22nd overall and as the fourth American. Cassidy’s was a familiar face after the 2013 race, crossing the finish line with Olympic silver medalist and 2009 New York champion Meb Keflezighi. A Staten Island native, Cassidy is currently working on his Ph.D in Economics at Rutgers University.

Jessie Zapo is the founder and coach of Girls Run NYC, a women’s running collective in New York City. Girls Run NYC is centered around empowering women through community and sport while providing a foundation for distance running through track-based training. She began marathoning as an adult after approaching distance running with the New York City Bridgerunners in 2005. She also co-founded a members-only running group the Black Roses in 2012 with a focus on training adult runners (both new and experienced) for goal races from one mile to ultra-marathons. She has completed nine marathons–including two New York City Marathons–and two ultras (50K). Jessie is an Art Therapist with youth and young adults and enjoys cycling, painting and photography when she’s not running.

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