New York City Marathon 

I had the pleasure of running the 2014 New York City Marathon. This was my 4th Abbott World Marathon Majors event. This was the year of the WIND. You might recall we had 40mph winds the entire time and it was very cold. This marathon was a struggle for me. But I really enjoyed the course and it was a once in a lifetime experience. If you're traveling to NYC for the marathon, read my post "Highlights of the Abbott World Marathon Majors: Berlin, Chicago and New York City Marathon", for restaurant suggestions, suggestions on things to do and see while you're in town visiting. If you want to know how you can run the NYC Marathon, read my post "How to Get Into an Abbott World Marathon Major". Also if you're going to this or any other World Marathon Majors, read my post "Make the Most of Your Abbott World Marathon Major". 

WHERE I STAYED: My sister lives in New Jersey, so I stayed with her. Here are a few other suggestions on where to stay, as recommended by the NYRR. 

The 2019 New York City Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 3rd 2019, 

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History of the New York City Marathon 

Taken from the New York City Marathon: The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the largest marathon in the world. Over 1,000,000 people have finished the race since its first running in 1970 with just 127 entrants and 55 finishers running four laps around Central Park. The race expanded to all five boroughs in 1976 and is now in its 40th year as a five-borough affair. Held annually on the first Sunday of November, the race features 50,000 runners including the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. Participants from over 125 countries tour the city, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan. In 2015, the inaugural NYRR Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon gave young runners the opportunity to run 1.8 miles of the race course in Central Park, beginning near mile 24 and finishing at the famed TCS New York City Marathon finish line. More than one million spectators and thousands of volunteers line the city streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the live television broadcast in the New York area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, nationally on ESPN2, and via various international broadcast partners around the world. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. To learn more, visit

Largest Field    Estimated Spectators    Prize Purse    Official Charities
50,530 – 2014        1.0 million+                $803,000          340

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Dunkin Donuts hat

Part of running the NYC is waiting to start. In the start corrals you will have to wait. Sometimes you have to wait for a very long time. Dunkin Donuts so graciously gives out these hats, along with coffee and munchkins! This picture was featured on the NYC Marathon facebook page. 


Epic start

There is nothing like starting a race on the Verrazano Bridge. This is the perfect start to one of the best races in all the world.