Do's and Don'ts of Running the
New York City Marathon
- Don't be late in lining up before the race (I'd recommend being in the corral about 30 minutes before gun time).
- Do high fives with kids along the course, especially in the beginning.
- Don't race this marathon, unless you have to. It's too crowded, and it's worth just soaking it all in.
- Do take a light, disposable camera in a fanny pack for pictures along the way. Believe me, they'll be plenty
of photo ops.
- Do wear a racing shirt that draws attention to yourself. I observed the most attention-getting are international colors, especially
Mexico, Italy, France, Ireland, etc.
- Do try to stay in a hotel near Central Park. You'll appreciate a short walk from the Finish Line.
- Don't relieve yourself on the race course. Port-a-potties are stationed along the way.
- Do try to excite the crowd along the way. They'll respond in kind.
- Do appreciate the logistics of this marathon. Keeping track of thirty thousand runners -
New York does an awesome job!