New York City Marathon
New York, NY
The next event will be: November 5th, 2017.
Approximate cost is: $216 (NYRR members), $255 (U.S. residents), and $347 (international runners)
Registration by lottery (yes/no): Yes
Maximum allowable race time is: 8 hrs 30 min
Summary: First weekend in November. World’s largest marathon with over 50,000 finishers.
First NYC Marathon – 3:58:42
“I spent the week leading up to the New York City Marathon thinking about many of my “worst case scenarios” for race day.”
Ran with 3:15 pace group but poor 2nd half resulted in 3:49.
“To enter the village, I think every NYPD officer who wasn’t working on a different part of the race was at the village. They had metal detectors, dogs, and your number and bag were checked before you could walk in. We were only allowed an official clear athlete bag and one clear bag that you could check. Nothing more. No sleeping bags, no camelpaks.”
“Everyone was right. You will run faster than you planned over the Verrazano Bridge because of the excitement and adrenaline. You don’t feel like you are running up a long, steep uphill even though you are. Brooklyn is like one big block party. People cheer for you by name (or chant! There is nothing like having a complete stranger CHANTING your name!), bands and speakers and playing music and it’s just fun. There’s no other way to put it.”
3:21:19 with asthma.
“When I turned into Central Park at mile 24, I knew the race was coming to an end. At this point I was thinking, “one foot in front of the other. keep on moving. you can do it”.”
“I shed my jumper (and almost instantly regretted it) and walked forwards to cross the start line. The first mile is along the bridge, all at a slight incline. The wind was howling through the bridge and I was freezing!”
” Everyone was right…you start on an incline, but you do not feel it at all. You’re too busy taking in the breathtaking views, admiring the helicopters hovering near the bridge, viewing all the boats in the water, and thinking “I am running the freaking NYC Marathon right now!!!””
First Ever Marathon
“I think I cried when the nice man placed the medal around my neck. I definitely cried trying to get out of Central Park after the race. I feel a huge sense of pride. I’m proud of myself for doing something that scared me. I’m proud of myself for the dedication, sacrifice and hard work it took to train for 18 weeks.”
“I loved the international feel of the race. On my ride to Staten Island, I sat next to a man originally from Israel, currently living in Berlin. It was his dream to run the NYC Marathon and he and his wife had turned their trip into a week-long vacation, like so many other foreign travelers.”
“They say that it’s a 20-mile warmup with a 10K at the end, and, yup. Mentally, the last 6.2 was harder than the first 20 by leaps and bounds.”
“The first several miles of the marathon totally flew by. I honestly don’t remember much about them, except for my face hurting because I smiled so much during them. … The crowds along the entire marathon route were absolutely amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it– not even at the Boston Marathon! Whenever I felt my motivation waning, I looked to the crowds for support. Everyone spectatating was so excited, and the music, cheers, and energy did not stop for 26.2 miles.”
“The New York City Marathon has the best crowds of any race I’ve ever run. The energy is unbeatable! The course has a few big hills over the bridges (the one at mile 15 killed me). The finish through Central Park is gorgeous with the fall leaves and LOUD from all the supporters!”
“And then, the wave fiasco happened. I was supposed to be in wave 3, so I got into a line for my corral and my wave. We waited and waited for about 30 minutes as the line slowly moved. All of a sudden, they shut the gates and told us that wave 3 corrals were closed. WHAT!?”
“Not gonna lie….Central Park was tough. The rolling hills were not being friendly to my tired legs but I just kept thinking, this is NOT supposed to feel comfortable.”
“Cruising back into Manhattan I felt good. I thought maybe I could eek out a PR if I kept it going even though every step hurt just a little more. I knew the hardest part of the course was coming up – the Never Ending Hill on 5th Ave. This hill is between 23 and 24 and seems to go on forever. … After the hill ended, I just needed to hold it together for 2 more miles. TWO MORE. Mile 25 hit and finally I really, really wanted to stop. … “You will not stop. You will keep going and you will finish strong,” I told myself. The crowds along Central Park South were awesome, and adrenaline once again took over as I rounded the bend back into the park and didn’t stop or slow down until crossing that finish line.”
“…one thing that somewhat surprised me was that the race organization seemed to be a bit disheveled on race morning. I’m not sure if it was because of the increased security or someone gave up coffee for the month of November, but there were tiny missteps that made me raise an eyebrow. But, I’ll let it pass as they were wrangling 50,000 runners and had their hands full.”
“I really wanted this race recap to be about beating one or both of the goals I set for this race. I wanted it to be a positive, happy-go-lucky recap like most of my race experiences are. But Sunday’s marathon was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. There were times when I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to keep going. But I did, and I crossed that finish line. And for that, I’m really proud of myself.”
“I don’t even know where to begin! … The vibe (UNREAL,) the entertainment (So much fun!!) the scenic route, the cold wind, the bright sun, the PAIN IN MY LEGS, the cramps in my stomach, the bridges, the boroughs, the freezing cold finish zone, and did I mention the PAIN IN MY LEGS?”
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