Michael Capiraso
Michael Capiraso

Michael Capiraso knows as well as anyone how much running can transform a person’s life. Since becoming president and CEO of NYRR in 2015, he has been committed to delivering the organization’s mission of helping and inspiring people through running. No stranger to the starting line, Capiraso has completed 27 consecutive New York City Marathons and runs nearly every New York Road Runners weekly race. He has created opportunities for nearly 600,000 people a year in New York City and around the world to get moving, regardless of their age, ability level or financial means.

A key focus for Capiraso since joining the NYRR team in 2010 has been expanding its free youth programs and making running more accessible for communities around the world. Most notably, in 2017 he oversaw the evolution of NYRR’s free youth programs with the launch of Rising New York Road Runners, the organization’s flagship youth fitness program available around the country. The organization now reaches 250,000 youth in schools and community centers nationwide. Capiraso himself has raised more than $100,000 over the years to support NYRR’s efforts while running with Team for Kids, the organization’s charity running team.
Capiraso has built and strengthened relationships with partners who share NYRR’s vision, including Tata Consultancy Services, NYRR’s premier partner and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon, and New Balance, a brand that shares NYRR’s commitment to giving back. The partnership with New Balance gave rise to the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, a community space for runners in Manhattan that serves as NYRR’s central hub for race bib pickup, fitness classes, a variety of special event programming, and a New Balance specialty running shop, where for each pair of shoes purchased, NYRR and New Balance donate a pair to a child in need as part of its “1 for You1 for Youth” program.

Locally, NYRR Open Run, a community-based initiative that brings free weekly runs and walks to local neighbhorhood parks in New York and New Jersey was developed and expanded under Capiraso’s leadership. He has also led the efforts for NYRR’s ongoing partnership with The Trust for Public Land, resulting in several brand-new, state-of-the-art green playgrounds connected to public schools and communities throughout five boroughs of New York City.