St. Giles Hotels The Tuscany Review - The Justine Gimelstob Bet

Justin Gimelstob

Former tennis professional Justin Gimelstob accepted the challenge of his good friend tennis professional Andy Roddick to complete the2010 ING New York City Marathonin 4 hours and 45 minutes

Justin Gimelston and Andy Roddick

The bet originated last March when Gimelstob and Roddick mulled over an interesting hypothetical:could Gimelstob, a recently retired professional tennis player, at 6’5”, 200 lbs, with chronic back problems, countless surgeries and cortisone injections, and extremely overactive sweat glands, complete the NYC Marathon?After weeks of jabs and trash talking, and with the help their tennis colleagues as unofficial overseers of the wager, an official bet was established: Gimelstob must cross the finish line, whether running, walking or crawling, in 4 hours 45 minutes. If successful, Roddick would have to contribute $10,000 to the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund. If he finished at a time more than 4 hours 45 minutes, Gimelstob would have to contribute $10,000 to the Andy Roddick Foundation.

NYC Marathon

As a first-time marathon entrant, Gimelstob had to obtain a special charity waiver to gain entry into the prestigious event and through a partnership with the NYC Marathon charity program; numerous charities will end up benefiting from this unorthodox challenge.

In an interview before the race Gimelstob commented “I happily accept the challenge from my good buddy Roddick. More importantly I am thrilled that the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund will be the recipient of much needed awareness.The donation, should I complete the race in the agreed upon time will help to improve the lives of children in the New Jersey and New York areas. That gives me great pride and joy.”

Justin Gimelstob, Evan Handler, Chrissy Teigen, and John Legend

Traditionally tennis players train by doing sprints, jogging, etc, but Gimelstob admits he had never run even a 10k before the bet. In preparation of running the marathon Gimelstob based his training at The St Giles New York – The Tuscany Hotel which houses a private exercise facility.

Gimelstob won his bet with Roddick coming in under the 4 hour 45 minute bet at 4:09:58. Close to $3,500 was raised for the Justin Gimelstob Children's Foundation, at what turned out to be a celebratory party at St. Giles – The Court Hotel. The St Giles New York is a proud sponsor of Justin Gimelstobs efforts to raise awareness of and eliminate childhood cancers. The party was a success and was attended by many sports, fashion, Hollywood and music celebrities. In addition to the festivities there was a sports memorabilia auction which included: a Pete Sampras signed and tournament used tennis racquet, a 1980 Miracle on Ice team signed photo, a Soccer clinic for kids with Team USA Goalkeeper Tim Howard, Roger Federer signed Wimbledon photo and an official soccer ball hand signed by soccer legend Pele'.

St Giles - The Tuscany

The 199-room St. Giles - The Court and 121-room St. Giles - The Tuscany have enjoyed a long-standing history in the heart of historic Murray Hill recently named to New York Magazine’s ‘the best place to live in New York ’ list. Originally built in 1927 as apartments and later converted to hotels in the 1950’s; the properties offer some of the largest guestrooms and suites in the city averaging nearly 500 sq. ft of space. Both properties offer several dining and lounge options. New York ’s newest hotspot, LexBar located in The Court offers an upscale contemporary motif, premium liquors and fine vintages, the latest musical releases against a celebrity backdrop. Also at The Court is Icon breakfast room; the light and airy sleek venue with outdoor patio offers an extensive American and Continental breakfast menu daily. Audrey Café Lounge located at The Tuscany. The Audrey is named for the iconic actress/humanitarian Audrey Hepburn and is considered a nod to Old New York style and elegance in an ultra cool design offers.

View from St. Giles - The Court

The Tuscany New York

120 East 39th Street

New York New York 10016

212 686 1600


The Court New York

130 East 39th Street

New York New York 10016

212 685 1100

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