Running the 26.2 miles may not be the hardest part of the marathon’s course — the little known battle is getting to the other side…of the street.
The Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School Band has been playing the “Rocky” theme song for marathon runners for 34 years. Stationed in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the song may get repetitive for band members, but never grows old for runners.
At this year’s NYC Marathon, Ethiopia and Kenya dominated the top three spots in both the men’s and women’s divisions — the first all-African finish since 2003. The top three men broke the course record.
And at the post-marathon dinner at Queen of Sheba restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, the two women winners– coincidentally wearing matching striped knit tops – told the story of the marathon as a shared Ethiopian experience.
Elite runners participate in marathons across nations — known as the World Marathon Majors. Here are statistics of who participates in these races and the record setting times they achieve.
By JENNY ROGERS Top 20 most represented non-US countries by participation Marathon 2011 course by the numbers Most people glance at the runners’ winning times, but to get the full marathon experience, take a look at the numbers behind the race: gallons of water consumed, pounds of pasta eaten and amount of medical aid dispensed. [...]
For marathoner Charlie Plaskon, it takes more than just endurance and training to get him across the finish line — it takes a team of guides to help the blind man finish the race.