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Spike Lee Named Grand Marshal for Marathon

It’s no secret Spike Lee is an avid sports fan. That’s why he’s been named the grand marshal for New York City’s marathon this year.

Race officials, who made the announcement Monday, revealed that the filmmaker is the first New Yorker and only the third grand marshal in the event’s 45-year history.

When selecting a front-runner, Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, said he and his team “envisioned someone the world would immediately recognize as a sports enthusiast and quintessential New Yorker, and Spike was the perfect fit.”

The movie director will participate in the opening ceremony as the grand marshal, and he will ride in a special vehicle that will coast the 26.2-mile route during the race, which will take place Nov. 1.

Lee is thrilled. He said, “When my kids were younger, on race day, we would walk outside of my 40 Acres and a Mule office right into the marathon crowd. There’s such a New York sense of community around the race. It’s New York City’s biggest block party.”

He shared the news on Instagram. Take a look below.