Peter Ciaccia, the race director for the New York City Marathon, will lead the footrace for the final time on Nov. 4.
Ciaccia, 64, has worked with the New York Road Runners for 18 years, and he took the reins as the marathon’s race director from Mary Wittenberg in 2015 after serving as the technical director. He will be replaced by Jim Heim, the senior vice president for event development and production at New York Road Runners and Technical Director of the TCS New York City Marathon.
“I am now at an age when the word retirement feels right,” Ciaccia said in a release. “After the marathon I’ll move into the next phase of my life, reconnect with family and friends and travel off to new adventures that I had put on hold.”
A Bronx native, Ciaccia is credited with the marathon’s wave start plan and seeded corral program at weekly races. Under his leadership, the number of NYRR race finishers has grown 40%, and the Brooklyn Half Marathon has become the largest half marathon in the nation. The New York City Marathon has become the largest marathon in the world.