New York City Marathon
The premier event of New York Road Runners, the New York City Marathon is the world's greatest road race. As the professional athletes and nearly 800,000 past participants will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one of the true thrills of a lifetime.
Hotels Near The Marathon
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Annual running event
The New York City Marathon (branded TCS New York City Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is an annual marathon (42.195 km or 26.219 mi) that courses through the five boroughs of New York City. It is one of the largest marathons in the world, with 45,103 finishers in 2010. Along with the Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathon, it is among the pre-eminent long-distance annual running events in the United States and is one of the World Marathon Majors.
The race is organized by New York Road Runners (NYRR) and, with the exception of 2012, has been run every year since 1970. It is held on the first Sunday of November and attracts professional competitors and amateurs from all over the world. Because of the popularity of the race, participation is chosen largely by a lottery system. Runners who are members of NYRR can gain entry by meeting the qualifications for guaranteed entry or via nomination from an official running club.
Pamela Anderson at NYC Marathon
Among the runners at the NYC Marathon you may even spot some celebrities like Pamela Anderson in 2013! Will she be running again in 2014?
NYC Marathon Week
The TCS New York City Marathon is more than a one-day event. It's a weeklong celebration of New York, its Marathoners, and their fans and families. Be a part of the Marathon, whether you are running the 26.2 miles through the five boroughs, or just a fan who wants to enjoy watching 50,000 runners pass by. We will update all race-week information when it becomes available.
Marathon Training plan for the NYC Marathon
Many training programs last a minimum of five or six months, with a gradual increase in the distance run and finally, for recovery, a period of tapering in the weeks preceding the race. For beginners wishing to merely finish a marathon, a minimum of four months of running four days a week is recommended. Many trainers recommend a weekly increase in mileage of no more than 10%. It is also often advised to maintain a consistent running program for six weeks or so before beginning a marathon training program, to allow the body to adapt to the new stresses. The marathon training program itself would suppose variation between hard and easy training, with a periodization of the general plan.
Training programs can be found at the websites of Runner's World, Hal Higdon, Jeff Galloway, and the Boston Athletic Association, and in numerous other published sources, including the websites of specific marathons. The last long training run might be undertaken up to two weeks prior to the event. Many marathon runners also "carbo-load" (increase carbohydrate intake while holding total caloric intake constant) during the week before the marathon to allow their bodies to store more glycogen.