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New York City Marathon

Posted by jbharp on November 20, 2007

Earlier this year I put my name on a list along with 100,000 other people from across the country and around the world. Two of my coworkers put themselves on the list as well. It was the registration list to run the New York City Marathon. With nearly 40,000 participants selected to run the 26.2 miles, this is the largest marathon in the world.

The second week of June, I received a congratulatory email confirming my spot. A lottery system selects which of the registrants will run and which will have to wait another year for their shot (this was the case with my two coworkers). Fortunately my number was pulled.

Over the next few months after many miles, a few pairs of shows, a handful of other races, I journeyed off to the Big Apple. With an extra hour of sleep due to the end of daylight savings, I woke up at 6 am on November 4 and began my nearly three hour travel from my hostel to the beginning of the race. I rode the subway, a bus and a ferry to finally arrive at Staten Island.

The course crossed five bridges and traveled through all five boroughs of NYC: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan. I was happy with my finishing time (3.50.17), although it was a bit slower than I was expecting. The streets were packed during every part of the race and the sidewalks overflowing with spectators cheering on the runners.

Compared to all of the elevation I run out here in the Rockies, the course seemed to be completely flat. I passed the 16 mile marker thinking to myself, “wait a minute, there was supposed to be a hill at mile 15.” In addition to a flat run, I faced another unfamiliar element: concrete. My feet aren’t used to running on such an unforgiving surface. I’ll be trying some shoes with more cushion next time.

It was a thrilling experience to say the least. I will most certainly register for New York next year. I hope my number will be pulled once again.

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