03 November 2019 18:40

Sprawling across five boroughs, this race takes all kinds of people.


The New York City Marathon is like the city itself. Sprawling across five boroughs, this race takes all kinds of people. Some of the fastest in the world are here, as are plenty of folks who will take six, seven or 10 hours to complete the 26.2-mile race. They will cross the finish line after sundown. There are racers with two legs and racers with no legs.

There are runners who can see and others who can't. There are people who run the course nearly nude, and others who run it in a three-piece suit. It is loud almost the entire way, from the moment runners step off the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, until they take those final steps near Tavern on the Green in Central Park. It is chaotic. The starting village at Fort Wadsworth is something of a pop-up shelter. The turns through Brooklyn, the bridges into each borough, the sea of discarded paper cups that cover the ground after the fluid stations are all an adventure to navigate. Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism.