Medgar Evers College Professor Captain of NYC Marathon Psych Team

This fall, for the eleventh consecutive year, Dr. Ethan Gologor, chairman of the Psychology Department at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, has been appointed captain of the “Psyching Team” for the ING New York City Marathon, the largest in the world. The Psych Team helps runners mentally prepare for the psychological rigors of running such a long distance.

For more than a decade, Dr. Gologor has pounded the pavement and stressed the importance of sports education to the Greater Brooklyn community.  His training and supervision of mental health practitioners, sports psychologists and students, the majority of whom have been Medgar students, has benefited this community from an educational and physical standpoint.  As a teacher for over 40 years, Dr. Gologor, while constantly emphasizing the importance of being physically active, also recognizes that something as arduous as running 26.2 miles includes both strong cognitive and emotional skills — principles which he has expounded in three books: Psychodynamic Tennis, Psychodynamic Running, and Today I Am a Runner. Some “Psyching Team” members have even come away from the experience determined to run the course themselves as Dr. Gologor himself has done.

With approximately 50,000 registered runners from over 100 countries, the ING New York City Marathon is truly a global event and half of it runs through Brooklyn streets. In light of last year’s cancellation of the marathon in the devastation following Hurricane Sandy, and the April Boston Marathon tragedy, this year’s run promises to be particularly inspiring.

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About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees.  The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college.  A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.  For more information, visit