The New York marathon is one of the ‘majors’ and attracts runners from around the world. The other ‘major marathons’ include London, Tokyo, Berlin, Boston and Chicago. This year, the NY marathon received the largest number of registrations in its 47-year history – almost 100,000. On race day, last Sunday (November 5), 50,000 runners anxiously toed the start line at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows bridge on Staten Island last Sunday, November 5th, making it one of the largest marathons in the world. The course goes through the five boroughs of New York City, finishing at the iconic Central Park.
Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York marathon since 1977 with 2:26:53, beating the three-time champ, Mary Keitane of Kenya.
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, two time world champ in the half marathon distance, took the men’s title with 2:10:53.
If this marathon is on your bucket list, you can apply through the lottery, sign up through a charity or qualify in your age group with a specific time. Registration opens in January – so keep checking the website for more info.