Mountain Mayhem: Running 26.2 Through New York
For the 2016 TCS New York Marathon, goals were set not just by runners seeking completion or to nail their PR (personal record), but also by the organizers, the New York Road Runners Association (NYRR). Prior to the race, the NYRR announced their intent to successfully cross as many runners over the finish line as possible. It looks like they’ve achieved this, thanks in part to a dozen-plus athletes from the Roaring Fork Valley.
Last Sunday’s race was likely the largest marathon ever held with an initial count of 51,388 finishers, out of 51,995 people, making a 98.8 percent completion rate, according to the NYRR.
Founded in 1970 with just 127 competitors at the start and 55 finishing — all male — and a course consisting of several laps around Central Park, the race has now grown into the world’s largest and most supported marathon with more than 50,000 participants and 1,00,000 spectators.
This year marked the 40th edition of the modern course, covering the five boroughs of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan.
The original champion, Bill Rodgers, who went on to win four New York Marathons to add to his four-time Boston Marathon title role, was at this year’s expo and race, encouraging all to “run forever — this is a sport for life.”
Rodgers estimates 180-200k miles are under his running belt, having been competitive or recreational in the sport for 50 years…and running. Deena Kastor, the women’s American record holder for the marathon and half-marathon and bronze medalist in the 2004 Athens Olympics’ Marathon, was also onsite. Both spoke about the longevity of a running as a sport for many and career for some, sharing their insights, inspiration and encouragement to run, have fun and celebrate all running brings.
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