Running The NYC Marathon

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New York City Marathon

It’s arguably one of the biggest running races in the world, the New York City Marathon. This past year, it made international news when it was simply declared “still on” after hurricane Sandy (then again when it was cancelled).

People compete from all around the globe to strut their stuff down Broadway – but is it worth it? Or is it simply that the New York name has garnered all the attention?

PROs

Great support

New York City is the capital of the world, it claims the top spot in pretty much every category. There’s no better place for your runner’s needs. Looking for the best pre-race meal? Take your pick from over 4,200 different restaurants.

Need a quick checkup before the big day? Visit the best in New York City knee doctors. Need a police force capable enough to shut down a city of 18 million for a half a day? NYPD. Done.


Get fit

Like any amateur race, the marathon is an excellent way to get into shape. Training alone will jumpstart your metabolism, improve your mental health and generally leave you with more energy and stamina than ever before. Although, this isn’t particular to New York City, it’s definitely a great place to show off your fit figure.

BIG accomplishment

Just as mountain climbers dream of reaching the summit of Everest, every human being strives to be the best, the biggest, the most famous. If you’re going to set your sights on 26.2 miles, why do it anywhere else?

New York City is the grandest stage in America – quite possibly the world – on which you can check off a major bucket list item in front of one massive global audience.

CON

Price Points

Just by nature of being in New York City, the marathon is not cheap. Between hotels, taxis, flights, food and sightseeing while you’re in town, you will certainly rack up a bill every step of the way.

Not to mention the $255 entry fee ($347 for international applicants), which is about $60 more than last year. At the end of the day, 26.2 miles is 26.2 miles, and there are certainly cheaper places to race out there.

Health drawbacks

Marathons aren’t for everyone. The kind of strain one places on their body through the course of one race is very unnatural, even deadly at times. Think about it, the very first person to run a marathon keeled over at the finish line.

And he certainly wasn’t the last to do so. Be careful to fully evaluate your body before, during and after the race. Even the best and brightest New York City knee doctors can’t help you if you can’t ask.

There’s no denying the impressive feat that is running a marathon, and New York City certainly is one of the best places to do it. The question is, is it worth it for you? Would you thrive in the international spotlight, or are you a beginner just hoping to reach the finish line? Either way, it’s something to consider – and with the next one coming up in 11 short months, you better start training now!

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