Sunday, November 3rd is a runner’s delight- and more so for your writer whose addiction to the pavement couldn’t be replaced by anything else that comes along promising a similar emotionally charged physical activity.
The weather is perfect as the cannonball strikes- motivating 48K+ worldwide runners to start the 26.2 mile expedition. Sponsored by ING, the race starts at Staten Island on the Verrazano Bridge, through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and The Bronx then south back to the finish line at Central Park.
This year is somewhat even more meaningful especially since everything that has happened to make this experience a reality for all participants since 2012’s Super Storm Hurricane Sandy erupted.
There are also tons of activities and festivities taking place a few days prior to the big race. The Friday before the race, fans can participate in a Motor-CoachMarathon – a tour of the route via a bus. Once the tour ends in Central Park , then it’s time for the Opening Ceremony.
The second day gets better filled with other cool events – but most importantly is carb-night. This is the time where the runners indulge in a delicious all-night feast necessary to prepare them for the next day.
When the main event arrives, there is no turning back. Get your game face on and be ready to allow the inner hero to take over.
The best part was the organization. There were tons of cheering sections, plenty of photo opportunities, and though safety was the number concern, everything perfectly synced together.
An epic round of applause to all participants for the dedication, persistence, and courage it takes to train and take this sport seriously to the next level.
Congratulations to Priscah Jeptoo (Women’s) and Geoffrey Mutai (Men’s) of Kenya for taking the gold medal, bragging rights, and the handsome prize of a lot of money.
Overall, it was a great experience and we look forward to it once more in 2014. If the urge calls for your attendance next year make sure to check the guidelines for entry.
By: Laura Artis