Relatively inexpensive, a short car drive away, flat and fast, views of the NYC skyline ---- a GREAT warmup for those fall marathons.
What stands out is how FLAT the whole course is. My Garmin reports a total elevation gain of 105 ft and a maximum height of 28 ft which means that the “hills” were pretty much all in single digits. The first 4 miles or so are through uber hipster Jersey City and uninteresting but around mile 4.5 you enter Liberty Park and then continue along the waterfront for the remainder of the race until the last .5 mi. There is always a breeze coming off of the harbor which makes for an idyllic run on a mild September day.
Water and Gatorade every couple of miles --- but no gels, fruit or beer anywhere along the course. Adequate signage and plenty of volunteers to keep you from wandering away.
No Lottery, no early closing, advance registration on the internet and race day registration on-site. Discounts available (this year at least ….) for signing up in advance ( www.nycruns.com ). Bib pick up the two days leading up to the race in NYC or on-site the day of.
Expo, swag other amenities:
Day of expo in Newport Park (site of the start). The usual suspects promoting other races and the wonderfulness of various doctored waters. Unexceptional medal and less exceptional T-Shirt...........but who really cares about that stuff?
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"Marathoning is just another form of insanity." John J. Kelly, winner of the 1952 Boston Marathon