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NYC Marathon Summary

Event Overview: Join nearly 40,000 runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators for the fun and excitement of the NYC Marathon. Whether you're a runner or a fan, enjoy a day of inspiration and camaraderie at the famous New York Marathon, which travels through all five boroughs of NYC.

What to Expect: If you're a runner in the NYC Marathon, expect tons of cheering spectators, 130 bands spread throughout the course, and water and Gatorade conveniently placed every mile. If you're a spectator, prepare for 10-person deep crowds and an emotional, inspiring event whether you know someone running or not.

  • Good Organization: Despite the fact that there are several thousands of runners to account for, the New York Marathon is extremely well organized, and their volunteers are helpful and dedicated to making your marathon experience as smooth as possible.
  • Inspiration: The ING Marathon in NYC has inspired many spectators to start training for their own marathon experience. Between the amazing crowds, beautiful scenery, and runner camaraderie, we predict you'll catch the "Runner's Bug" after attending the NYC Marathon.
  • Skilled Athletes: It takes a lot of skill to compete in the New York City Marathon. Just take a look at the New York City Marathon results: as of 2010, Gebre Gebrmariam is the top male finisher, with a total time of 2:08:14. Edna Kiplagat holds the title of top female finisher, with a finishing time of 2:28:20.

Inside Knowledge: If you're a runner in the NYC Marathon, make sure to bring your own roll of toilet paper to the Staten Island Ferry before the race starts. Runners end up waiting three to four hours before being taken to the start line, and the TP can go in a hurry!

Event Hints:

  • Set Up Early: If you're a New York Marathon spectator, grab the lawn chairs, the blankets, and the snacks and set up well before the starting gun fires, as the crowds become heavy very fast.
  • Keep Track of Your Runner: Use your smartphone to keep track of the NYC marathon runner you're close to via their Web site - just make sure to jot down their bib number ahead of time. This way, you can catch the runner you're cheering on all over the ING Marathon course.
  • Prepare for Miles 22-25: The final stretch of the NYC Marathon is the hardest. Just as runners hit the physical wall, the NYC Marathon begins a steady incline that lasts close to four miles. You're almost there! We promise!



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Gina Hornung

Joined: November 2010

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Date Visited: 11/11

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ING NYC Marathon - Strangers Become Supporters

After my NYC trip was planned, I realized I’d be in town for the largest annual marathon in the state- the INC New York City Marathon 2011.  I was stoked to find out that friends of mine who live in Manhattan would be attending to cheer on two of their friends – I jumped on the invite to join the spectator fun.

The route goes through all 5 boroughs, so the group of friends had mapped out a couple spectator stops along the way to support their running friends, and our first stop was in Williamsburg, where the runners passing by were at about mile 11.  The street was filled with marathoners in great spirits, trekking along, and the crowd covered the sidewalks, rooftops and watched outside of windows in support.  A marching band across the street from our spot played “nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah -HEY!” over and over and each round of runners that passed by on the “HEY” would cheerfully raise their hands up in rhythm.  My friend said they did the same thing last year- and talk of other annual ING Marathon traditions seemed to be a theme in conversations throughout the day.  This event is equally fun for supporters as it is a milestone for participants.

It was crowded, and there were plentiful security staff and police, but at no point in the day did I see any issues.  It was a really peaceful event, considering how many people were there, and  I was really surprised that even at street level, my view was never blocked. 

The specific two runners we were there to support passed by as we raised signs for them and cheered them on, along with other random runners.  Most participants wore their names on their clothes, and strangers on the sidelines would personally root for them, give them high-fives and words of encouragement.  Marathon Day in NYC is definitely a city-wide display of support for humanity, and overwhelmingly inspiring.

The next spot we went after Williamsburg was the last leg of the marathon route – the grand stand at the finish line.  Tickets to this area of the race sell for $75 and I was lucky enough to snag an extra pass for free.  I had no idea why this was such a big deal until I reached the stands, where people were covered in orange (the official color of the marathon) ING marathon gear that was being handed out at the entrance, holding signs, and intensely cheering on loved ones and strangers, pretty equally as they crossed the finish line. 

A lot of people would cramp up, get sick, and basically fall down within mere feet of the finish line, and unknown fellow runners would pick them up and help them across, while other strangers were verbally supportive from the stands.

I saw everyone from Apolo Anton Ohno, and runners dressed in costumes along the running route.  The only thing I didn’t see was negativity from anyone involved. After our friends were done, we met them out in the street for congratulatory hugs, photos, and then we were off to celebrate at a bar! It was a phenomenal experience that I’m so glad I was a part of. 

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NYC Marathon

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Location

Starts in Fort Worth, Staten Island
9 E 89th St (between 5th Ave & Madison Ave)
New York, US
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Event Date

Nov 03,2013

Event Cost

FREE

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Event Quick Facts

  • The 2010 NYC Marathon ING winner, Gebregziabher Gebremarium of Ethiopia, was competing in his first-ever marathon.
  • The NYC Marathon is limited to just under 37,000 entrants, and they use a lottery to determine who can race in this famous marathon. This year's New York City Marathon lottery date was 4/27/11.
  • The New York Marathon course covers all five boroughs of New York, beginning in Staten Island and finishing in Central Park. 
  • The New York City Marathon qualifying times 2011 are as follows: men (age 18-39) 2:55:00, (age 40+) 3:10:00, (age 50+) 3:30:00, (age 60+) 3:45:00, and (age 70+) 4:00:00; women (age 18-39) 3:23:00, (age 40+) 3:38:00, (age 50+) 3:52:00, (age 60+) 4:13:00, and (age 70+) 4:35:00. 

Website:
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/

Nearest Transit:
86th St (4, 5, 6)


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