Sparse Turnout at 'old fashioned' race. (about: 2000)|
A Runner from The Beautiful Village of Scarsdale, N.Y. (9/18/00)
The terrain is very hilly. Traffic is not closed off on the streets, so each intersection is an act of faith, although there are police to hold back cars. It's the second oldest marathon in the US, behind Boston. The marathon began at 8:30 and the half marathon began 15 minutes later. It's two laps for the full marathon and one lap for the half. There wasn't too much in the way of cheering crowds. There was water at every mile and some kind of Gatorade type drink at every 5 miles (approx). Despite the cool temps and wind off the beautiful Hudson River times were slow, the first woman didn't cross the finish until 3:10. About 400 participants made it feel like you were running alone for most of the race.