New York State-Grown Apples Handpicked for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon

New York State-Grown Apples Handpicked for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon



FISHERS, NY - In keeping with a lengthy and admirable tradition, the New York Apple Association (NYAA) will once again partner with the TCS New York City Marathon. The association stands ready to promote New York-grown apples and will offer the crunchy treats to race volunteers, attendees of several related events, and, of course, to weary runners as they cross the finish line. As an official sponsor of the race, NYAA will provide over 58,000 locally-grown apples, along with an additional 21,500 for other race week events.

Cynthia Haskins, President, NYAA “This is the 22nd year NYAA is sponsoring the TCS New York City Marathon, and we look forward to this event every year,” NYAA President Cynthia Haskins commented. “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.”

The marathon is scheduled for Sunday, November 3, and more than 50,000 people from across the globe are expected to finish, according to a press release. NYAA has further plans to sponsor 15 runners, including NY state apple growers, and members of the Rochester, NY, area police and fire departments.

NYAA has some of its own ready to run in the race, including Cailin Kowalewski, Account Manager; and Board of Director and apple grower Doug Grout, along with his brothers, David and Derek, and his mother, Jayne Zinke, an experienced marathoner.

Jayne Zinke, 76, will run her 24th marathon and will run with her three sons who own an apple orchard in New York State

Other runners include:

  • Fred Follette - Retired Monroe County Sheriff’s 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, running to honor a friend with cancer
  • Orlando Rivera - Law Enforcement
  • Lauren Williams - New York Farm Bureau
  • Chris Young - Wegmans, married to an apple grower

NYAA materials and promotions include ‘Health to the Core’ in the marathon virtual goodie bag, ‘Love a Strong Finish’ ad in the marathon program, a fresh NY-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.

The apples NYAA will provide are of great use to the runners—apples provide carbohydrates and fiber for energy, and fluid for hydration, both of which are important for endurance exercises, like marathons.

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