Bob Sklar Went from Winning Medals to Presenting Them with NYRR
As a competitive runner for more than 30 years, Bob Sklar of Hollis Hills, Queens, knows what it takes to earn a finisher’s medal. After completing the New York City Marathon three consecutive years, he missed the 1994 race due to injury, but stayed involved by volunteering at the finish line.
“It gave me a great feeling to see the runners' eyes light up after receiving their finishers' medals,” he said. “I was hooked.”
Since then, Bob has volunteered at nearly every New York City Marathon, moving up from a medals volunteer role to serving as a medals captain. He’s also added races like the United Airlines NYC Half, the Airbnb Brooklyn Half, the Staten Island Half, and the Oakley New York Mini 10K to his annual volunteering calendar.
On his two-plus decades of volunteering, he remarks, “The workday is long and the workload is tiring, but the feeling you get is priceless.”
He adds, “Making sure that the volunteers are trained, supported, supervised and treated well is so important to me.”
What keeps him coming back to the finish line year after year?
“To paraphrase a line from the classic movie Apocalypse Now," he says. "‘I love the sound of finishers' medals clanging in the morning!’”