’Cause there’s one day in November
No.6 New York City Marathon
1 November 2015
It’s big, bold, brassy, vibrant, brash and exciting. It is the city that never sleeps and it’s so good they named it twice. And it has the marathon that every runner wants to run, the TCS New York City Marathon.
The New York City Marathon held its first edition in 1970 with 127 entrants. Only 55 men finished the inaugural event and the sole woman entrant withdrew due to illness. In 1976 the marathon was taken to the streets of the five boroughs and attracted 2,090 entrants. Now one of the six World Marathon Majors, the 2014 event had 50, 350 finishers, making it the world’s largest marathon.
From its start on Staten Island, runners pour over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. Working your way through Queens, you cross the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan, finding a long straight stretch up First Avenue into the Bronx. From here you come across into Fifth Avenue (parallel to First Ave), ducking into Central Park before exiting onto the road at Central Park South. Just before the 26mile mark you re-enter Central Park to the tumultuous roar of the crowd at the finish line.
This really is a memorable marathon in one of the world’s greatest cities. One of the features of the New York City Marathon is the support shown by the local communities as they come out in their hundreds of thousands to clap, cheer, volunteer and encourage runners.
In and Around
It is possible you might stay in New York City for a month or more and still have plenty of things to see and do. So what’s on the list of must do’s in New York? Explore Midtown, home to 5th Avenue and classics such as Tiffany’s, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman as well as the Museum of Modern Art. Roam around the cobblestone streets of the West Village or perhaps head to the Yankee Stadium to see the New York Yankees or Mets baseball teams. Visit the Bronx, walk the high line, experience forever views from the Empire State Building, explore more of Central Park (Strawberry Fields), take a boat ride to the Statue of Liberty, experience a real NY pizza. The list never ends!
If you have any time left, there’s also the other major cities of the USA that are well worth a visit – Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Salem (Massachusetts), Baltimore (Maryland), Key West (Florida) or have a stopover on the West Coast where you can’t go past the spectacular cities of San Diego and Santa Barbara or the must-dos of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The major airlines have daily, one-stop flights from the eastern cities. You can also tie in a tropical recovery stop in Hawaii on the way home to recuperate after the marathon.
How to Enter
Entry to the TCS New York City Marathon is by guaranteed entry (limited), ballot or through an International Travel Partner (ITP). RunFun Travel has guaranteed entries available to runners with no requirements for qualifying times. Fran Seton and Dave Cundy (Australia’s most experienced marathon organiser) will be hosting the tour to New York, sharing their knowledge of marathons and passion for travel with you.
About Run Fun Travel
RunFun Travel is owned and managed by Fran Seton with support from her husband Dave Cundy. The business specialises in bringing together Fran and Dave’s two passions of marathon running and travel. Having been involved in running and marathons for over 30 years, they have contacts all over the world. It’s these contacts that enable them to bring new events to runners and this is what sets RunFun Travel apart . As well as being part of the travel industry, they are part of the worldwide running industry.
They have organised, run in and worked with marathons around the world – they know what runners want from an event and, more importantly, they are well placed to deliver it. While you do the training, they will do the organising to ensure your running experience delivers when it counts.
Click here for RunFun Travel website