I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to run in the NYC Marathon last Sunday, and it’s no exaggeration for me to say that it was one of the most amazing running experiences I’ve ever had. I’m still absorbing the experience. I’d run the marathon several times before, but not for a number of years, and going into it I was concerned about the sheer size of the race (it has grown to about 50,000 participants), and also about how runners would be received by the community at large after last year’s controversy.
I need not have worried at all. Race organizers handled all of the logistics flawlessly, and the spectator support was like nothing I’d ever seen before. Running in Brooklyn in particular was thrilling; for 8 miles spectators lined the roadway without a break, and their cheering, along with all of the live music provided along the course, made it feel like one enormously long finish line.
There were more memories and special moments along the course than I can relate, so I’ll leave you with this thought: if there’s any way that you can get into next year’s race, do it! You won’t regret it.