So much to cover regarding the New York City Marathon weekend!
Since I’d really like to go into a bit of detail and make sure to address some of the things that I was concerned about before the race I’m going to break the weekend up into several posts – hopefully the details and tips about what to expect will help future NYCM runners who are anxious about some of the logistics!
On Saturday morning, Jason and I headed into the city from Long Island, our plan was to attend a Team Animal League pre-race rally at a hotel by Grand Central and then meet up with my friends Daniel and Patrick to go over to the expo at the Javits Center.
Since it was raining and gross out we decided to take the subway (plus Jason was going to have to navigate the subways the next day to spectate so we figured it was good practice!). We successfully managed to take the subway and end up in the right place, so as any good former (totally city clueless) New Yorkers, we celebrated this accomplishment!
At the Team Animal League rally we got to meet with some of the other runners who were running on behalf of North Shore Animal League which was a lot of fun. We were also told that as a team we raised $125,000!
We also got to play with puppies! (And I found the perfect place to finally wear this sweater!)
To get to the expo, we decided to try to take the free shuttle bus that was being provided from Grand Central over to the Javits Center. This was much easier said than done!
We wandered around outside Grand Central looking for signs, asked a few police officers and “official” looking people who all had no idea what we were talking about and then finally saw a large group of people who looked like runners gathered in front of the Hyatt next to Grand Central. About 10 minutes later sure enough a bus showed up there and whisked us off to the expo! (Some signage for the shuttle stop would have been helpful!)
The expo funneled us right in to get our bibs and race shirts and then I immediately went over to the transportation desk.
You may remember that one of my biggest concerns was that I had chosen the bus transportation and Daniel and Patrick had chosen the ferry. I was really worried about meeting up with them once we were on Staten Island, so I wanted to try to switch to the ferry (despite my concern of getting sea sick before running 26.2 miles).
Luckily, it was quite easy for me to switch transportation! Daniel & Patrick were scheduled for a 7am ferry, but the closest time they had available that would still get me there in time for my wave start was 7:45am, so all 3 of us just switched to the 7:45am ferry! I was definitely relieved to have that problem solved! (We discovered the next day they don’t actually check your transportation time at all so it didn’t even really matter!)
We wandered the expo for a few and checked out the race merchandise. There was a lot of really nice stuff, but it was pretty expensive, and to be honest I never really wear race stuff anyways, so I passed on getting anything.
Before we headed out to grab dinner, we couldn’t resist this one last photo op!
After a quick dinner at an Italian restaurant near Penn Station we hopped back on the train to head home and try to get a good night’s rest before race day! (**Spoiler Alert – thanks to the high school kids who decided to throw a party on our street that didn’t happen!)