The New York City Marathon takes place each first Sunday in November. For 2020, it will be on Sunday November 1st.
The History behind New York City Marathon:
Created in 1970, New York’s marathon welcomes athletes from around the world who sign up at one of the most famous race in the world.
Back in the days, the race consisted of running around Central Park a few times. But in 1976, the number of participants grew and the Co-founder, Fred Lebow decided to redesign the race path in order to include New York City’s five boroughs.
Nowadays, the marathon starts in Staten Island close to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge which shuts down exceptionally for the event. During the race’s first few minutes, the bridge is overcrowded with runners.
The path heads to Brooklyn, Queens, then the runners cross the East River by the Queensboro Bridge to reach Manhattan. The itinerary goes North on First avenue to briefly reach the Bronx before going back to Manhattan on 5th avenue and finally cross the finish line in Central Park.
How to register for the New York’s Marathon?
The marathon takes months and even years to prepare mostly because of its organization (travel, budget) and its registration which are both challenging.
For the lucky participants, a lottery will determine by computer who will qualify. Once selected, the champions are listed along with the “VIP” and regulars. Due to its popularity, there’s a high number of registration at the race, and you have 2 out of 5 chances to participate.
Your best bet is to register on the official website (http://www.tcsnycmarathon.org/) – note: you have to be 18 to register. For 2020, you must register from January 30 till February 13.
Avoid filling up the form by saying that you can run the marathon in less than 2 hours since the organizers aren’t naïve and are used to fake statements.
– Your first name and if available a TCS New York City Marathon password
– Your NYRR member number (if available)
– The name and time achieved in previous marathons (the last 2 years)
– A credit card still valid for the next upcoming marathon
– Your bank contact.
Participation at the New York City’s Marathon
For those who don’t give up on the way and manage to pass through the registration process and the cost of a trip to New York, an unforgettable ovation will welcome you somewhere in Central Park.
Besides, for each runner, a certificate will be delivered attesting of your participation in the event. Then you could proudly frame it in your office or living room 🙂
The best tips for New York’s Marathon
1st best tip for NY’s Marathon: Another way to participate to New York’s Marathon is to become one of the 12 000 volunteers of the event which might open the door for an eventual future participation.
2nd best tip for NY’s Marathon: Each Marathon edition breaks registration records. The best way is to be prepared in advance and register as early as indicated above!!!
3rd best tip for NY’s Marathon: If you plan to participate but don’t want to organize all the trip, you can contact one of the travel agency listed in the official website of the marathon (not available yet).
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