The NYC Marathon
I can’t think of a better way to end this work week than with a Friday shout-out to all those getting ready to participate in one of the most prestigious running events in the world: The ING New York City Marathon.
As a lifelong fitness enthusiast, I have to come clean and admit I’ve never been a runner. A major growth spurt over the course of a few short months back in elementary school led to knee problems, which caused me to shy away from running in my tween and teen years. (I’m pretty certain, however, improper conditioning during my varsity tennis years put definite stress on my knees which I’m still trying to correct today.) Through the years, I became a fan of swimming, cycling and today, the elliptical machine remains my cardio machine of choice at the gym. So I’ve always had great admiration for anyone who’s turned their love of the “runner’s high” into the pursuit of crossing the finish line in a marathon.
Of course, making it across that finish line involves months of preparation filled with discipline and dedication. As in years past, I know many people participating in this years’ marathon. They range in age from the mid-2os to the upper 40s…and beyond. I’ve listened in awe while they described increasing their running mileage week after week, and working toward one, long 18-20 mile run as the “grand finale” of practice. (After that, they “taper off” to three to six-mile runs to stay conditioned for the big day.) All their hard work is about to pay off, and I couldn’t be happier for them. So, to all those participating in Sunday’s marathon, I wish you good luck!
A few tidbits of information about the ING NYC Marathon:
- The first NYC Marathon took place in 1970. 127 runners paid a $1 entrance fee to participate and 55 of them crossed the finish line.
- Since 1970, 700,000 participants have crossed the finish line in Central Park.
- The course is 26.2-miles, taking runners on a five-borough journey around New York.
- In 2000, an official wheelchair division was added to the marathon.
- In 2010, 45,103 runners crossed the finish line.