Oct 28, 2019
New York-grown apples handpicked for TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon will again partner with New York Apple Association (NYAA) as this year’s official sponsor to provide New York state-grown apples at the finish line, at several related events, and to race volunteers.  As an official sponsor, NYAA will provide over 58,000 locally grown apples for the TCS New York City Marathon and an additional 21,500 locally grown apples for the race week events.

“This is the 22nd e  year NYAA is sponsoring the TCS New York City Marathon, and we look forward to this event every year,” stated NYA President Cynthia Haskins. “Our state is one of the largest growers of apples in the country and with the TCS New York City Marathon in our backyard, it is a great partnership,” said Haskins.

Jayne Zinke, 76, will run her 24 marathon and will run with her three sons who own an apple orchard in New York state. Photo: New York Apple Association

The TCS New York City Marathon is set for Sunday, Nov. 3.  More than 50,000 people from across the state, the country and around the world are expected to finish. The marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners.  NYAA also plans to sponsor 15 runners including New York state apple growers, and members of the Rochester, N.Y., area police and fire departments.

New York state apples are more than just a sentimental choice to be the official apple of the TCS New York City Marathon; they are a logical choice as well.  Apples provide carbohydrates combined with fiber for energy, and fluid for hydration – both of which are essential for endurance exercise such as a marathon.

This year Cailin Kowalewski, account manager for NYAA, along with Doug Grout, NYAA board of director and apple grower, brothers David Grout (residing in Russia) and Derek Grout also an apple grower, and their mom Jayne Zinke, a seasoned marathoner, will be running in this year’s TCS New York City Marathon.  Also running are:

Fred Follette, Retired Monroe County Sherriff Officer

Rebecca Gravenstede, Clinical Researcher

Ted Kuppinger, Captain – Captain, Rochester Fire Department

Beth LeBlanc, Paraprofessional/Special Education

Robert Martin, referred by Orbaker Farm

Tim Oertel, Law Enforcement (& honoring a friend with cancer)

Orlando Rivera, Law Enforcement

Lauren Williams, New York Farm Bureau

Chris Young, Wegmans & married to an apple grower

NYAA materials urge ‘Health to the Core’ in the marathon virtual goodie bag, ‘Love a Strong Finish’ ad in the marathon program, a fresh New York grown apple in the Runner Recovery Bag that is received by all runners, and an ad in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Official Results Magazine. 

To follow NYAA’s marathon-related activities, like the association’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nyapples.  To learn more about the New York state apple industry, visit www.applesfromny.com.

A nonprofit agricultural trade association based in Fishers, NY, NYAA represents the state’s commercial apple growers. The grower-funded association supports profitable growing and marketing of New York apples through increasing demand for apples and apple products, representing the industry at state and federal levels, and serving as the primary information source on New York apple-related matters. For more information, visit www.applesfromny.com.

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