New York City Marathon 2019-Ready Steady Go!
New York City Marathon– With 26.2 miles that span the five districts, you have many options.
Marathon training can be a deeply lonely exercise, which generally requires runners to work miles several times a week with little fanfare.
But on Sunday, the more than 50,000 people who will hit the pavement for the New York City Marathon will be met on the streets by hundreds of thousands of people for whom the race is a spectator sport.
“That day, there are a million people who cheer him up,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, which organizes the marathon. “Someone is going to pick you up on the road.”
Capiraso, who will run his 28th consecutive marathon in New York City this year, said crowds are crucial to keeping runners in a good mood.”We need you,” he said. “The inspiration and impact of people along the sides of the course are very valuable.”
With 26.2 miles that stretch across the five counties, the marathon route provides a shortage of points to root fatigued runners. Here is a guide to the best places.
The places where runners need you most
The New York City course differs from other marathons in part because of the five bridges that lead the runners between the counties. The bridges are deceptively difficult hills, more complicated by their exposure to the wind and because they lack spectators, their relative silence.
So, when the runners return to the ground, it helps to have momentum from a raucous crowd.”Between the loneliness and the challenge of a bridge, getting to the other side and seeing people or hearing people cheer up is special,” Capiraso said.
That support is particularly crucial for the start of the race after the runners descend from the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and head to Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
At that point, the runners will have completed a two-mile stretch that includes a steep hill. By cheering there, you’ll keep them buoyant in front of the daunting miles ahead.
“The Verrazzano bridge is beautiful and iconic, but there are no people to cheer it up,” Capiraso said. “Then, when you arrive in Brooklyn, it is a great entertainment area.”
If you want to be particularly inspiring, travel to the 20-mile mark, where marathon runners often experience “the wall,” a challenging period when energy decreases.
To help runners move forward, head east to 138th Street in the Bronx, a relatively short stretch of the race, or to Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, which runners turn off before heading down Fifth Avenue toward the finish line.
Both locations also tend to be less crowded than the miles that follow, so you are more likely to see a particular runner you are pulling.
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The places where the party is.
The streets of New York are always full of life, but the marathon provides a particularly energetic atmosphere. People fill the sidewalks with signs, ring the bells for hours and play music for both the runners and the crowd.
One of the most festive sections of the course is at Fort Greene Brooklyn, along Lafayette Avenue between Fulton Street and Bedford Avenue.
Among the groups that border Lafayette Avenue are the Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School band, known for encouraging runners with the theme of the movie “Rocky”, and the Emmanuel Baptist Church choir, where the faithful leave the services morning to serenade the marathon participants.
In the second half of the route, the runners encounter another explosion of sound on First Avenue in Manhattan, between 59th and 96th streets.
Near 59th Street, marathoners who have just climbed a challenging and quiet hill on the Queensboro Bridge are greeted with a cacophony of people shouting at the runners, making noise and blowing the drums.
The sidewalks here are usually clogged (although they get thinner as the race heads to the top). But the energy is so high that it can take runners when some of them start hitting the wall.
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The places where you won’t have to register too many miles.
For many residents of the city, the race meanders through its neighborhoods. If you are one of them, consider staying.
“If the marathon runs through your neighborhood, your local place is always excellent,” Capiraso said. “Because you know the area and you will meet the people who are close.”
The course also features a series of subway stations along the route, a blessing for those who need to travel to places in the course. In particular, the R train runs under the course on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, which facilitates observation on an early leg where runners are still very excited.
However, the sidewalks closest to subway stations tend to be the busiest. So, if you’re trying to see a specific broker in a specific place, give yourself extra time to settle.
You’ll also want to check with the brokers about their start time. The first athletes cross the starting line at 8:30 a.m., but the last wave of runners will not start the race until 11 a.m.