The New York City marathon runs through the five boroughs of New York City and is the largest marathon in the world with 50,304 finishers in 2013. It is among the pre-eminent long-distance running events in the United States and is one of the World Marathon Majors.
2015 was the second time I had the pleasure of running the New York City Marathon. I first ran it in 2010 and treated it more as a race. I was in the first wave, which meant it was still crowded yet I felt like it thinned out enough to have my own space and to run my own race. I loved every minute of the race that year and it quickly made its way to the top of my list. This year, I went back to New York to run with my husband and a few friends. Based on past injuries and just where I was mentally, I made the decision early on not to “race” this event. Instead, I moved back to wave 2 and started with my husband. It was definitely more crowded and we had to weave through people most of the time. I would say this would not be a PR or “race” course if you are in the later waves…wave one is possible. The marathon starts on Staten Island and crosses into Brooklyn for the first 1/2. The streets are lined with people the entire time…it only thins out when you start the climb to the bridge that will take you into Queens. The race continues through Queens and then you cross the Queensborough Bridge into Manhattan. First Avenue is CRAZY!! The crowds are incredible…but then you come into the Bronx and in my opinion this was hands down the best borough in terms of crowd support, energy and enthusiasm. Finally, you cross back into Manhattan and finish in Central Park. The course is relatively flat…except for the bridges that take you from borough to borough. Crowds are incredible. Both years I ran the weather was pretty perfect, but it can be windy. Bottom line, I think everyone that runs marathons needs to experience New York…at least once
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