The Wire Service of Distance Running Will Refocus On Results Distribution & Event Coverage
PHOTO: Jane and David Monti working at the 2012 Fifth Avenue Mile (photo by Jonathan Cooper)
"After 19 wonderful years Jane and I have decided to step back from recruiting and managing professional athletes on behalf of our beloved client, New York Road Runners," said David Monti, Editor & Publisher, referring to his wife and business partner Jane Monti. "We were incredibly fortunate to be able to grow with NYRR and are very proud of the work we have done. Now it’s time for us to refocus our company on its media activities."
RRW’s partnership with NYRR began in 2001 when the fledgling company was tapped by then NYRR co-chiefs Allan Steinfeld and Mary Wittenberg to recruit the top athletes for the NYRR New York Mini 10-K, the world’s oldest and most prestigious all-women’s road race. Britain’s Paula Radcliffe blitzed the course in 30:47, then the second-fastest time in history, and RRW was then given the responsibility of building the field for the New York City Marathon in November.
After the attacks of 9/11 RRW, worked with NYRR to assemble a top-caliber elite field, despite the challenges and destruction which faced the city. With the NYC Marathon hosting the USA Marathon Championships and Deena Drossin (now Kastor) making her marathon debut, the race was hugely successful and helped the city to heal. Course records were set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia (2:07:43) and Margaret Okayo of Kenya (2:24:21).
"We never thought we’d make it through that first marathon," said Jane Monti. "We were emotionally overwhelmed 24/7, but we knew that the athletes were counting on us. After helping to stage that race successfully, we knew we had found our calling."
After that, NYRR expanded its slate of pro athlete events, and RRW helped launch the UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K (2005), United Airlines NYC Half (2006), USATF 8-K Championships (2002), and supported the comebacks of the NYRR Millrose Games (2012) and New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile (2005).
"Helping the Fifth Avenue Mile get back to a top-level event in 2005 was one of our greatest accomplishments," said Jane Monti who specialized in organizing athlete hospitality. "It was incredible to see such an iconic event return to a very high level where it remains today."
Among the top athletes RRW was entrusted to recruit and manage included Ethiopians Haile Gebrselassie and Gete Wami; Kenyans Paul Tergat and Mary Keitany; Dutchwoman Lornah Kiplagat; Irishwoman Sonia O’Sullivan; Briton Paula Radcliffe; and Americans Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Deena Kastor, Meb Keflezighi, Bernard Lagat, Jenny Simpson, and Alan Webb.. Both of the Montis were on the finish line when Keflezighi and Flanagan won the TCS New York City Marathon in 2009 and 2017, respectively.
"To be able to work so closely with such wonderful athletes was an honor and a privilege," said David Monti. "We have incredible memories that will last a lifetime."
Moving ahead, RRW will refocus its efforts on its media business: publishing Race Results Weekly 50 Mondays a year, providing syndicated event coverage via the RRW Wire service, releasing original athlete feature stories and photos, assisting broadcasters with running event coverage, and providing media services for selected events.
"We have a lot of work ahead, especially in an Olympic year," said Jane Monti who is also the company’s photographer.
RRW would like to thank everyone at NYRR for their kind support and respect, especially President & CEO, Michael Capiraso; SVP of Media, Public Relations & Professional Athletics, Chris Weiller; Director of Professional Athletes, Sam Grotewold; and SVP of Event Development & Production and TCS New York City Marathon Race Director, Jim Heim.
"We look forward to covering NYRR events, of course," said David Monti.