The New York City Marathon is a race and a journey through one of the most diverse cities in the world. The ultimate tour of this vast metropolis.
It’s 26.2 miles of bridges and hills and flat pavement, which takes about 50,000 steps, depending on who you are, but those numbers are really too big for runners to conceptualize. I’m tired. Counting miles and kilometers one by one is not so much fun.
It is much better to divide this effort into a series of more digestible chunks. This is the way most runners experience it, from the fastest East Africans in the pack to those who are challenging their first attempt at double-digit miles. behind.
That strategy has reached the New York finish line 10 times. The tense calves and hamstrings that followed last month’s Boston Marathon may make it impossible, but I hope to get there on Sunday 11th.
But if you know your first marathon runner, veteran, or runner and want to understand the experience from within the barricade, this is a 13-part marathon. (Click here for the official PDF course map.)
A long bridge and a big welcome to Brooklyn
The first challenge is to cross the Veraza Nonarrows Bridge. The good news — it actually represents the longest rise in the race. Thankfully, there’s plenty of adrenaline from the start, and the sparkling views of New York Harbor and the downtown skyline make runners barely feel the rise. The real challenge is not to blow off too much reserves quickly, especially when there is a temptation to fly the span to Brooklyn. A little patience can help a lot there.
Runners begin listening to Bay Ridge about a quarter mile before arriving at the land. calm down. All that noise and much more is right there, go through the big right front neighborhood for a few turns to the long straight on Force Avenue, so just like that, the first 5-k is almost over.
Go straight on Force Avenue
It’s big, wide and flat. If the wind is coming from the north, it’s a real resistance, especially until the streets are quiet for about four miles from the north of Bay Ridge, the Park Slope to the east, and Red Hook, Carroll Garden, and Boaram Hill begin to bisect. To the west.
This part of the journey is really just a means of transportation. Force Avenue runs almost six miles without turns, the course stretches out in front of you, and the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building in downtown Brooklyn is forever looming. Breathe, evolve your rhythm and let it fall into it.
Downtown Enthusiasm, and Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy Party
The tranquility of Force Avenue eventually gives way to downtown Brooklyn and to Bedlam on Lafayette Avenue. For two miles, it’s a pleasure to see the brown stone-lined streets in the heart of the autonomous region, where many children always serve orange slices and other snacks. However, be careful. Lafayette Avenue is uphill. Don’t force a sprint with all the music coming from the house party window. Instead, during these two miles, the party will continue, especially after turning left into Bedford-Stuyvesant, so soak it and keep those cheers fresh for the coming soon. ..
Williamsburg takes and gives
Williamsburg offers the least fun stretches of the marathon. It begins with a grind across the Brooklyn-Queens highway and ends in an orthodox Jewish quarter where the marathon looks like a retrofit. As a result, there is little strange kind of silence and little support among the locals, and Miles 11 can feel like two or three.
But in the end, that tranquility has blossomed over the last two decades, giving way to the hipsters, art galleries, cafes and bars Williamsburg, who made the party for this last part of the first half of the race. There is an overcrowded water supply near McCarren Park, giving you a glimpse of the Queensboro Bridge, which ultimately leads to Manhattan.
1 mile at Queens beyond the midpoint
The end of the beginning begins with a view of the Pulaski Bridge to the left of Green Point and Queens. At first glance, it looks like a steep slope. It’s kind of because it’s longer than it first appears. This is the moment when you feel satisfied with having an autonomous region with lots of marathon real estate in your rearview mirror.
The middle of the bridge brings a 13.1 mile mark. Its bottom brings another noise boost to Queens, which wasn’t in Long Island City 25 years ago, before the homebuilding boom. The Queensboro Bridge is very close. Brooklyn may have taken an hour or two. Queens will be completed in about 10 minutes.
Another big and long bridge
Take a deep breath: Now turn left onto the Queensboro Bridge (known in the song as the 59th Street Bridge, of course). Manhattan is right there. Oops. it’s not. First, there are 1.5 miles up and down on a quiet, dark bridge, and fatigue from the first 15 miles is not negligible. There’s a gorgeous view of the skyline and the expanse of the harbor, and a vision of how far you’re already running, but there’s also an overwhelming echo of stuffy breathing, hundreds of yards past the top of the bridge. Then there is the downhill, at which point some punishment is imposed on the tired quadriceps.
But just before that, there’s a 16-mile mark and sound barrier on First Avenue, and there’s only one thing to do. Let gravity rotate the wheels and catch a little speed. It relieves quadriceps pounding and allows some enjoyment. Show a smile to a large number of people.
Incorporate everything on First Avenue
How many times have you run 10 miles by this date? Probably a lot. That’s all that’s left. Think for a moment. You can only run the miles you are in, so regain that rhythm before you roll the bridge and look around the crowd at six depths on the sidewalk. The people hanging on the fire fled, the course stretched straight north for three miles, and music was heard from the undulating bars on the Upper East Side and from the large speakers next to the flat boulevards in East Harlem. .. The crowd is a bit thin and is a great place to greet friends and moms. Mom can head west and catch you on Fifth Avenue in about 30 minutes.
To Bronx (and from Bronx)
Bronx has many attractions. The bridges that go in and out of it are low and short. Hip-hop and salsa fill your ears. The quick turn introduces several variations after a long straight, and one appears. The entire Fourth Autonomous Region is completed in a mile and a half. The race has passed the 20-mile mark of Bronx and the door to the Pain Cave has been officially opened, so let all these positive thoughts flow.
Return to Manhattan
Welcome to Harlem and upstream of Fifth Avenue and the last 5 miles. investigate. The sky ahead is above Central Park, where this ends. All the bridges are over. There are two parts in this next little less than two miles section. A picturesque spin around Marcus Garvey Park and its square, and the last 10 blocks to the top of Central Park. If you’re lucky, the gospel choir will sing on the steps of the church opposite Marcus Garvey Park, indicating that the Almighty is in your corner.
Fifth Avenue Hill
If you take a walk beside Central Park on an autumn afternoon, the one-mile slope will be barely noticeable. But this is marathon miles 23 and 24, so you won’t have the summit like Mount Everest. The hill begins just after 110th Avenue. Rest assured that Mount Sinai Hospital will be there if things really go wrong, and that this endless hill will end up in a park on 90th Avenue. When the Guggenheim Museum comes …