November 2: The New York City Marathon
Marathon Fever is about to grip New York City!
On Sunday morning, November 2nd, over 50,000 runners will head to Staten Island to race 26.2 miles through New York’s five boroughs and finish hours later at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. It’s exhausting, it’s thrilling, it’s life-changing. I’ve run four of my ten marathons in New York. Time of my life!
There’s no escaping it! Banners appear all over town. Marathoners from all over the world arrive, looking fit, excited and anxious. The City paints a 26.2 mile “blue line” beginning at the Verrazano Bridge and marking the route through Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and at around Mile 20, back into Manhattan for the final stretch down Fifth Avenue.
After months and months of building mileage, 20+ mile training runs, aches, blisters and self-doubts, standing at the start and hearing Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” over the loud speakers brought me to tears every time. Of course, crossing the finish line is a pretty darn good feeling too!
You’ll see an endless parade of runners pass by Webster on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Marathon Week. Why? They are picking up their race numbers and shirts at the Expo at the Javits Center on 34th Street and 11th Avenue, right down the block from us. The Expo is free and open to everyone. It’s fun! The air is electric! And it’s the perfect place to shop for New York running shirts and gear. Check it out.
I’ll be on the sidelines this year cheering on those brave athletes. I’ll be feeling a little jealous. Find yourself a spot on the course! You won’t regret it. I promise!