Everything You Need To Know About Watching the NYC Marathon
The New York City Marathon is one of the best marathons in the world for two reasons: it gives runners from everywhere a chance to run through the greatest city on the planet, and the spectators are truly one-of-a-kind.
Planning on joining the crowd and cheering the runners on? Below are a few pieces of advice from NYHRC Athletic Director and marathon running coach, Bill Elkins:
There are two types of people who cheer on race morning. Which one are you?
1. Do you want to stay in one neighborhood along the course and cheer on the runners as they pass through your area?
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2. Do you want to jump from place to place and try to spot your friends at multiple locations?
Insider Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and layer up!
Now you know what type of spectator you are. What next?
Make sure you download the NYRR Marathon App. Track your friends as they make their way through the city and get a heads-up when they get close to passing you.
November in the city can bring weather from all four seasons in one day. Always remember to wear layers. It’s better to have an extra jacket than miss your friends run by because you were huddled in a corner deli trying to stay warm!
Pack a portable phone charger
The tracking app along with all those photos you’re going to take throughout the day will take a serious toll on your phone battery. Don’t risk missing a selfie with a movie star running the marathon because your phone died.
Help cheer someone to a new PR!
You may be the difference between someone stopping and walking and someone digging deep and running a personal best. So scream, wave those arms, and high five everyone who runs by!
Bill will be running his 10th NYC Marathon! Bill has completed over a dozen half-marathons, ran from one side of St. Croix Island and back, is an Ironman finisher, and has ran countless short-distance and triathlon races. He’s coached over 100 athletes and has been the Race Director and Producer of multiple marathons and triathlons.
Thinking about running the marathon next year? Schedule an athletic consultation with Bill by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.