Mary Wittenberg Steps Down As NYRR CEO

The President and CEO of NYRR is leaving to launch Virgin Sports.


After 17 years at New York Road Runners, Mary Wittenberg is moving on. Since 2005, Wittenberg has served as president and CEO of NYRR, as well as the race director for the NYC Marathon. In that time, she has grown NYRR into one of the largest running organizations in the world, while also focusing on their numerous charitable endeavors. She helped to found the Abbott World Marathon Majors in 2006, securing the NYC Marathon’s place among five other global races. Throughout the years, Wittenberg established herself as a power influence not just in the world of running, but sports in general.

“My days at NYRR have been fueled by the inspiration all around me and it has been an immense privilege to serve our runners and community while working side by side with so many amazing partners and talented and deeply committed staff, volunteers and Board of Directors,” commented Wittenberg.

According to a press release, she is stepping down to become Global CEO of Virgin Sport, a new lifestyle company focused on participatory fitness events and programs.

To fill Wittenberg’s big shoes, her two top deputies, Michael Capiraso and Peter Ciaccia, will take over the leadership of the organization. Capiraso, who has been with NYRR since 2010, will move into the position of president and CEO. Ciaccia will oversee the newly created position of President, Events and will replace Wittenberg as the Race Director of the TCS New York City Marathon. He has been at NYRR for 14 years.

“NYRR is fortunate to have Michael and Peter ready to take the baton with the invaluable benefit of [NYRR Chairman of the Board] George Hirsch, with his many years of experience, working closely with them as he and the Board have with me these past ten years,” said Wittenberg. “I am predicting this next leg of NYRR’s run will be the best yet.”