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 marathon winners often monopolize the media headlines, but there are dozens of people who continue crossing the finish line long after the crowds have dissolved — many well into Monday morning.
Most of the marathon course is teaming with screaming spectators, but the early morning hours in Staten Island lack supporters. Watch this one women who had made it her mission to help participants start the running day the right way.
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.
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.
Crowds gathered in Fort Greene and Park Slope, Brooklyn, to cheer on marathoners. Residents drank, held signs and spent hours outside to keep the runners energized.
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. [...]
Among the sea of marathon runners in spandex and fleece, a few went to great lengths to express themselves, and entertain thousands of curbside spectators. Click through to see some of the stand-outs as they passed the corner of Bedford Avenue and Lafayette Street in Brooklyn. By Anne Cohen and Linda Thompson
Every year New York City marathoners find ways to cut short the 26.2-mile course — sometimes ducking through Central Park or hopping on the train. But getting caught means a lifetime on the marathon blacklist.
Runners of the New York City Marathon left much more than dust in their tracks after they took off Sunday morning from the Staten Island start line. As the last runner left Staten Island, a crew began a marathon cleaning session to dispose of pounds of garbage and piles of discarded clothing from the sidelines.
At this Sunday’s New York City Marathon, 31 runners will run not just to reach the finishing line 26.2 miles from the start, but to give children 8,000 miles away in rural India a chance at a better future.