But at the same time the board also hired a New York law firm to conduct an investigation of its workplace culture. According to two people with knowledge of the matter, that investigation is nearing its conclusion. The firm, Proskauer Rose, will deliver a report to the board of the organization. New York Road Runners has said it will keep the report confidential to protect the identities of people who cooperated with it.
Mura said the meetings and discussions about diversity and inclusion had addressed the need for change, but that little change has occurred that is visible to the public.
“We’re actually doing a lot internally, but change is slow and it doesn’t show externally, so it really appears like we are moving at a snail’s pace,” he said. “That’s also because we’re talking about change but not taking action on stuff. We’re talking to runners all the time, and they don’t see much change happening externally.”
Capiraso said he and the leadership of New York Road Runners had taken the complaints and concerns that current and former employees had raised “very seriously.”
“I understand what the board is saying, that they are making a decision after having listened to people,” Capiraso said in an interview. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have served New York Road Runners.”
Capiraso began working with New York Road Runners in 2012. During his tenure as chief executive, revenues at the organization increased to more than $100 million, from roughly $70 million, with the help of new media and sponsorship deals and increased participation in high-profile large races like the marathon, which now registers some 50,000 participants, and two half marathons run by the Road Runners that have some 25,000 participants each.
Like all sports organizations, New York Road Runners has been tested as never before by the pandemic, which forced the cancellation of the New York City Half Marathon, the Brooklyn Half Marathon and the New York City Marathon. The resulting financial losses led the organization to lay off or furlough 40 percent of its staff of 229 this year.