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New York Road Runners Names Former ESPN Executive Rob Simmelkjaer as CEO

Rob Simmelkjaer
Rob SimmelkjaerPhotographer: Roger Kisby/Getty Images for NBC Sports

New York Road Runners, the organizer of the TCS New York City Marathon, has named former ESPN and NBC Sports Ventures executive Rob Simmelkjaer to its top post.

Simmelkjaer, 51, will replace interim Chief Executive Officer Kerin Hempel, who took over after Michael Capiraso was ousted in 2020 amid allegations by current and former employees of racism and sexism at the organization. Hempel guided NYRR through the challenges of the pandemic, including the cancellation of the 2020 marathon and dozens of other cash-generating races.