It’s NYC Marathon Week! The 2013 ING NYC Marathon is just 5 short days away! This awesome running tradition takes place the first Sunday each November. This prominent, world-class marathon is truly a race like no other and draws more than 100,000 applicants.
There are limitations on the size of the marathon field, and not all entrants are accepted.
The first New York City Marathon was run in 1970 and was a modest event. The 127 entrants looped around Central Park to complete the 26.2 mile race.
In 1976 the race expanded and has since offered runners a spectacular tour of all five New York City boroughs. View the full course details here.
Runners begin the 26.2 mile course from Staten Island racing through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx to Manhattan. It crosses five bridges: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge; Bay Ridge; Pulaski Bridge; Queensboro Bridge; Willis Avenue Bridge; Madison Avenue Bridge; and finishes in gorgeous, welcoming Central Park.
Runners are transported to the start line at the base of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Once the race begins runners take over both the upper and lower decks of the bridge.
Marathon’s are emotionally taxing, a test of human endurance; it takes not only physical strength, but also mental strength.
In New York City, the marathon serves not only as a grand race, but also as an exercise in community spirit.
Most runners have now tapered and are mentally and physically prepared to run this race. The preparation and excitement building up to this race are not to be taken lightly; it’s something runners train to accomplish. The marathon is not an event about winning; it is an event about finishing. The marathon offers runners a sense of personal accomplishment, a chance to go on a journey.
To learn more about the NYC marathon and other exciting NYC races, check out the New York Road Runners ; this running club has numerous offerings and rewards; a full race calendar, training programs, coaching, classes, nutrition and injury prevention.