Want to be part of the largest marathon on the world? Take part in the New York City Marathon, which takes place every November and attracts about 50,000 runners.
WHAT IS IT?
A point-to-point route from the southwestern borough of Staten Island to Manhattan’s world-famend Central Park. From the start-line buzz of thousands of excited and bleary-eyed runners (the ferry to Staten Island is at the ungodly hour of 5am), to the frenzied crowds along First Avenue (16-18 miles) and the Bronx (20-21 miles), this is a competition with a truly amazing atmosphere.
HOW PHYSICALLY DEMANDING IS IT?
With November temperatures plummeting to about 5°C, New York winters aren’t the most forgiving. The wind is also a factor, especially along the five wide-open bridges that runners need to cross. While the course is relatively flat, each bridge is preceded by an unwelcome climb. So, in other words, it’s no Marathon des Sables, but the NYC Marathon is also not for the faint-hearted.
WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE PART IN IT?
Because it’s arguably the most electrifying 26.2-mile run you’ll ever undertake. The atmosphere and camaraderie generated by 50,000 people running towards the same goal is incomparable, which is exactly why New York is considered a rite of passage in the marathon-running world. Add to that the innumerable list of iconic landmarks – Brooklyn Bridge, Long Island and Central Park, to name just a few – and you get a sense of what makes the NYC Marathon the most famous race on the world.
WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE?
The Start Village in Staten Island is accessible by way of three official race transport options: the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan’s Whitehall Terminal, the Midtown Manhattan Bus from Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, and the New Jersey Bus from the MetLife Stadium. The Ferry is the most well-liked and scenic option, offering up-close views of the Statue of Liberty.
WHEN IS IT?
1 November 2015, 9:40am.