New York Road Runners And Performative Allyship

Justin Horneker
7 min readSep 7, 2020

Michael Capiraso became CEO of NYRR in 2015 but his leadership has recently come under fire by a group of NYRR employees for cultivating a toxic culture and failing to address diversity concerns within the organization. NYRR’s outward facing media may describe a diverse community and diverse viewpoints but a group of current and former NYRR employees claim this is yet another example of performative allyship in our community.

NYRR is responsible for the world’s largest marathon — NYC Marathon — and employees allege that the growth of the marathon…