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The New York Apple Association, Fishers, is again a sponsor of the TSC New York City Marathon, handing out more than 58,000 apples at the finish line.

That’s on top of another 21,500 apples the group plans to distribute during the race week events before the marathon, according to a news release.

“This is the twenty-second year NYAA is sponsoring the TCS New York City Marathon, and we look forward to this event every year,” Cynthia Haskins, association president, said in the release. “Our state is one of the largest growers of apples in the country and with the TCS New York City Marathon in our backyard, it is a great partnership.”

The marathon is Nov. 3, and more than 50,000 runners are expected to finish, according to the release. The New York Apple Association plans to sponsor 15 runners, including New York state apple growers, and police and fire department personnel from the Rochester, N.Y. area.

They include Cailin Kowalewski, account manager for the association, Doug Grout, apple association board of directors member and apple grower, plus his brothers David and Derek Grout (also an apple grower), and their mother, Jayne Zinke.

In the marathon’s “virtual goodie bag,” apple association materials urge Health to the Core, and a New York apple is in each Runner Recovery Bag. The New York Apple Association’s marathon activities can be followed at www.facebook.com/nyapples.

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