No other U.S. Marathon Comes Close (General Comments)|
A Runner from Philadelphia (10/16/00)
Excepting that Patriot's Day race up north, there is nothing like New York. This year will be my fourth. 30,000 runners, over 1 million people on the street, screaming, yelling, stomping their feet....all for you. I ran the monsoon race of '97 commented on below and was blown away by the number of people that would stand in a cold pouring rain just to WATCH the runners!! True, more people come out on a sunny day, but, for example, the last four miles of the race had spectators at least 10 deep on both sides of the road. And all this when it was raining so hard the water was ankle deep on the road. Yes, the race is crowded and there are lines at packet pick-up and to get your gear at the end. But if people were less selfish, the lines would run more smoothly. In '97, I got my gear quickly from the UPS people, but I saw cranky, nasty people essentially storming some of the UPS trucks because they wanted their stuff NOW, and be damned with eveyone else.
Now THAT was the real shame of the '97 race.