Tuesday, January 01, 2008
New Year's Midnight Run
Happy New Year everybody!

I hoped you watched our AC 360 New Year's Eve special last night. For the second year in a row, I ran in the annual Central Park four-mile road race that begins at the stroke of midnight. That for me is a challenge enough. I am an avid in-line skater, but had never run in a race in my life until last year's New Year's event.

What makes this especially challenging for me is to talk coherently on live television while I'm doing the run. But it sure is fun.

More than five thousand runners (many in creative costumes) were in the park hoping to kick off a healthy new year by literally starting the race at the stroke of midnight.

Now, the course record is just shy of 19 minutes. I didn't threaten that mark. I knew going into the race that I wouldn't finish before we went off the air at 12:30pm. I was thinking of skating the race so I could finish by the end of the show, but race organizers were concerned I might steamroll the runners, so we all agreed that was a bad idea.

So I ran...and drumroll please...I finished at 12:49am. Now, my time was actually a bit quicker than 49 minutes because I had to slow down a few times to fiddle around with our microphone and audio gear. But it sure seemed a lot of people were passing me!

Neverthless, it was fun and festive and I want to thank my producer Susan and my camera crew Frank and Brian for hanging with me. I also want to wish all of you a great 2008!

-- Gary Tuchman, National Correspondent
Posted By CNN: 1:06 PM ET
  11 Comments
Congrats. At least you finished. Good for you. So you didn't hit the finish line until after you went off the air? Oh well, some breaking news never makes the airwaves. I guess you became a victim of "we'll have to leave it there, we've run out of time." Good job

Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.
Posted By Blogger Lorie Ann : 1:39 PM ET
Dear Gary,

Happy New Year! From what I saw I think you had a great run! All of that in-line skating really paid off. When they showed you half way through the run you were doing a great job interviewing the runners; you sounded very "coherent!"

Your time was great, especially considering all of the added "equipment." I wish I could have seen your crew following you along as you interviewed the runners. I am sorry that they didn't show more of the run and your interviews. I know that if I am ever in NYC on New Year's Eve that is where I want to be!

It looked like you had a great time!

All the best,
Jo Ann
North Royalton, Ohio
Posted By Blogger Jo Ann : 1:42 PM ET
Happy New Year Gary!
I saw you running and got tired just watching!!! Well done!
Thanks to everyone at CNN, the show was great!!
Posted By Blogger Kristien : 2:18 PM ET
I was amazed to watch you running even BACKWARDS during the interviews... reminded me of how my own life, all of our lives, can actually feel like they are going BACKWARDS sometimes. What with war, famine, health concerns, family troubles. BUT, like you did, we have to keep on running....backwards or forwards. Thanks for the timely -- New Year's -- reminder.
Posted By Blogger Lewis : 2:38 PM ET
Mr. G. Tuchman, (I apologize if I misspelled it)
It was brave of you to take on that assignment again. Running four miles is a long way, and not having prepared for the run beforehand can make that race daunting. It speaks well of you to have finished the race after all your colleagues had probably gone home. You are a good person.
Posted By Anonymous Sylvie Grace; Atlanta, Georgia : 3:25 PM ET
Hi Gary. Happy New Year and congrats on your running time! I continue to be amazed of your ability to run and speak clearly (even backwards!). Impressive. Doing the race on skates would have been fun to watch (and would have helped you flee the drunks faster), but probably the organizers made the right call. Nobody likes a steamrolled runner.
Posted By Blogger eliza : 3:42 PM ET
I think that you need to wear a costume next year! It was too bad that we didn't see the finish. Maybe they can start the show later and go a little longer, like last year. Happy New Year!
Posted By Anonymous Kathy Chicago,Il : 4:21 PM ET
Hey Gary!

Happy New Year! It was great seeing you on the show last night, you did a great job talking and running (which I think was your goal!). I'm glad you finished the race, and not in bad time either considering you were broadcasting during part of it!! Did you film the finish? They should put that on 360 tonight!
Posted By Anonymous Jamie, PA : 6:44 PM ET
Gary - Glad to see you out running again this year! I was watching from my warm living room with a nice warm drink in my hand, but I was with you in spirit!

I think next year your cameraman needs to run also. You could both wear matching costumes. ;)

Barbara - Las Vegas
Posted By Blogger Barbara : 6:45 PM ET
Gary,
You did GREAT man!! I mean atleast you finished!! I have to say that I'd be crawling across the finish line! LOL If that...LOL

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 8:02 PM ET
I wish the show had stayed on long enough to show your finish. Your race is definitely one of the highlights of the evening and I'm amazed you can run and talk at the same time even when its backwards. I didn't even hear you huff and puff.

Next year though you need to be in costume too like the other runners. And no saying you are dressed like a reporter!

Great segment. Thanks so much!

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 9:03 PM ET
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