Photo by Andrew Dallos.
The Marathon returns this Sunday after being cancelled due to Covid last year. The event is usually a boon for local businesses — and it even inspired Levain to reopen its original store to serve all those hungry runners after they finish.
The organizers are trying to keep the finish area in Central Park less crowded and are moving the family reunion area away from the finish line. The race ends around 67th Street, and you can buy tickets for the grandstand, or try to grab a spot on the lead-up to the finish line. The race starts around 9 a.m. for the fastest people, and they tend to finish around 11. But waves of runners will keep coming for many hours.
Here’s the marathon’s guide to watching.
There are many streets that will be closed in the neighborhood. The 20th precinct sent out the following list:
Good luck to everyone running. I’m wondering if anyone knows how late on Sunday the closures will be? Also how long the 24/7 generators will be running?
“Keep in mind that there will be sweep buses that follow the race course at a pace of a six-and-a-half-hour marathon. This is around 15 minutes each mile after the beginning of the final wave. Once the sweep buses have passed, and city authorities consider it safe, the streets and bridges will reopen to vehicles.”
From this article: https://en.as.com/en/2021/11/03/other_sports/1635955618_606018.html
The article also has times for closures – all are approximate, since they reopen at the discretion of city officials.
Have a great time in this years Marathon… Looking forward to a great run!
Total waste of time, money, energy.
In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite of glory in that it is remarkably self-centered. (Yeah, yeah, charities – an unimpeachable cover!)
And if you need to be “inspired” by these performances, that may be a cry for help. How does someone running twenty-six miles possibly help YOU?
You want to run 26 miles?
Find a track somewhere.
And keep “the accomplishment” to yourself.
How does leaving a negative comment help YOU? Does it make you feel better now? And what do you care what others want to do? With that attitude we might as well sit at home and do nothing with our lives.
Negative comments posted by Abdul and others on the internet ARE an attempt to feel better about themselves. By criticizing or dismissing with a broad brush (by not mentioning the elite athletes) a whole group of people and their actions, one feels briefly elevated by seeing others’ agreement (or allowed by moderators). That’s why the internet is a dangerous place where extremists go to hear each other’s echos and find validation.
It is much easier to lash out than to have the courage to feel whatever is causing their own pain. Quite sad actually. A tragic expression of unmet needs
Why are you countering criticism with diagnosis?
Interesting commentary here. It’s really quite extraordinary that someone feels the need to lash out bitterly at people for RUNNING A RACE. Consider all the horrible things happening in our city and our world. I’m not a runner but have cheered on friends who’ve run the NYC Marathon. It was very meaningful for them and for their loved ones. Were they “remarkably self-centered”? More than the person who’s trashed them here? What a sickening tirade.
Happy to have stepped on one of New York’s favorite pet corns: The NYC Marathon.
Since I criticize the existence of the marathon, I’m “negative” and “self-centered.” Cool!
Go run around a track! Make it 28, 34, or even 36 miles!
Really! Enjoy! Feel proud and happy!
No one should stop you from that “accomplishment.”
But leave the city, the cops, and the buses out of it.
It’s a pretentious event devoid of true significance.
To spite the negatives here, I’m going to go and cheer the finishers.
Thank you, Honest Abe. I’ll also cheer those who gave it their best but couldn’t finish. Maybe next year. I’ll cheer everyone who stood on the streets to see and support runners they knew and/or runners they didn’t. I’ll cheer all the health care professionals and volunteers who help make the Marathon possible every year. Finally, Abe, I’ll cheer you and others who’ve posted to counter some seriously ugly comments.