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Old 11-06-05, 05:10 PM
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Anyone else run the NYC Marathon '05?

I just got home, taking the subway, from the finish of the NYC Marathon. Did any of the other DVDTalkers brave the streets today? Either as a competitor or a spectator (willing or otherwise - with the scope of this race it is impossible to NOT be affected by it if you live in the city)?

I struggled across the line with a 3:18:00 clock time (about a 3:17:52 net time). I had a little trouble with the heat - it approached 70 degrees F today, which is quite warm for a NYC November day.
Old 11-06-05, 05:23 PM
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That's a great time, especially considering the heat! I was wondering if any Otters ran this thing. Well done.
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Doesn't Geoff run these things? Of course I'm sure he had to shrug off a beer-induced coma from last night...

That's a decent time, Brent. I could do the marathon in 2:20... 2 days, 20 hours

Oh, one of roommates went to high school with one of the NYC Marathon runners. He told me he finished 3rd. Not too shabby.
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
Oh, one of roommates went to high school with one of the NYC Marathon runners. He told me he finished 3rd. Not too shabby.
Yes, the third place runner was Meb Keflezighi, who did indeed grow up in San Diego. I believe he imigrated at around the age of 7 from Eritrea (Africa). He is the American who won the Silver Medal in the Olympic Marathon. It's great to see an American finishing so high in the placings.

On a side note, my running buddies sister was Meb Keflezighi's principal in high school. It's a small world, eh TomOpus?
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Yup. I finished it this morning. For good measure, I also ran back to Houston this afternoon -- just got home.
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Originally Posted by nycbrent
On a side note, my running buddies sister was Meb Keflezighi's principal in high school. It's a small world, eh TomOpus?
Yes it is indeed. I'll tell my roommate, he'll get a kick out that.

On another side note, Meb and his brother bought a grocery store out here. In fact, it's half a block from the house. Meb usually isn't there but he was there for their Grand Opening signing copies of Runner's World.
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How many people run the NYC marathon, and are there any qualifiers? I know that to run in the Boston marathon, you have to run another marathon and finish under a certain time. Apparently they don't want stragglers.

The Chicago marathon was about a month ago. About 40k people ran it.
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Originally Posted by nycbrent
I just got home, taking the subway, from the finish of the NYC Marathon. Did any of the other DVDTalkers brave the streets today? Either as a competitor or a spectator (willing or otherwise - with the scope of this race it is impossible to NOT be affected by it if you live in the city)?

I struggled across the line with a 3:18:00 clock time (about a 3:17:52 net time). I had a little trouble with the heat - it approached 70 degrees F today, which is quite warm for a NYC November day.
How did you get in? I wanted to run but I didn't get a starting ticket. I've joined NYRR and hopefully I can run 9 races next year to have a guarenteed ticket.

3h18 is a great time btw, my goal would be 4h
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my cousin did..... not sure what his place was
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I was a spectator for a split second. It's great to see so many people run.
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Originally Posted by ChiTownAbs, Inc
How many people run the NYC marathon, and are there any qualifiers? I know that to run in the Boston marathon, you have to run another marathon and finish under a certain time. Apparently they don't want stragglers.

The Chicago marathon was about a month ago. About 40k people ran it.
The NYC Marathon claims to be the largest with over 36,000 people starting it. 34,000 had finished by the 6 hour cut-off, and I saw over 36,000 finishers listed on the official site NYC Marathon.

There are several ways to qualify. The application process is summarized here, but I'll give brief explanations below for those who don't want to click over.

One way to qualify is to run 9 "qualifying races" that are organized through the New York Road Runner Club (see HERE for more information). There are usually three or four qualifiers per month, most of them run in Central Park. You must be a NYRRC member, and the nine races must be the year BEFORE the year you want to have guaranteed entry (e.g., you must run 9 qualifying races in 2005 to qualify for the 2006 marathon).

Another way to qualify is to run a marathon or half marathon under a particular time, depending on your age. The qualifying times are pretty quick, and it is more difficult to qualify for than Boston (see the above link - for a male under 40, you need to run a 1:21 half marathon or a 2:50 marathon. For Boston, you'd only need a 3:10 or 3:15 marathon to qualify).

The final way for "normal" folk to get into the NYC marathon is through the lottery. However, it's a 50/50 chance at best since there were some 80,000 applications submitted for this years running.
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I'm not even dedicated enough to drive that far.
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I'm a NYRR member and I love to run (I run every morning), however during the weekends I like to take it easy. And nearly ALL races start at like 8-9AM on Sat or Sun. This is really too much for me: I wish NYRR scheduled some races a bit later. So I took my chances with the lottery this year (and I didn't get in).

Next year I'll go for both 9 races and the lottery so I can run in either 2006 or 2007. Still, I think they should allow everyone in and reorganize the starting grid by gender/age to accomodate all runners (like they do in most races).
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Good gravy, sounds like getting in is harder than the actual training.

I watched the 1 hour "summary" of the race yesterday. Incredible ending.

I'm running my first marathon in Vegas next month. I plan to flop over the finish line like the #2 guy in NYC.
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Originally Posted by exm
Next year I'll go for both 9 races and the lottery so I can run in either 2006 or 2007. Still, I think they should allow everyone in and reorganize the starting grid by gender/age to accomodate all runners (like they do in most races).
The number of runners is apparently limited by the city - the parade permit, I guess. I filled out a survey for them today and suggested they try to shoot for 40,000 finishers (rather than "just" 36,000)!

Groucho - GOOD LUCK! You'll never forget your first. Let us know how you did after you complete it!
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Chicago already has 40k. I've never heard the 'world's largest marathon' being advertised. Maybe I'm not on the 'in' for marathons, but I've never heard/seen it as a spectator.
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Originally Posted by exm
How did you get in? I wanted to run but I didn't get a starting ticket. I've joined NYRR and hopefully I can run 9 races next year to have a guarenteed ticket.

3h18 is a great time btw, my goal would be 4h
4h pace breaks out to how many minutes per mile or 5k?
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4 hours = 9 minutes 9 seconds per mile
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Originally Posted by ChiTownAbs, Inc
4h pace breaks out to how many minutes per mile or 5k?
I'm running a 5K these days on average around 24m, 10k 52 m, 15k 80m. Based on those numbers I estimated 4 hours as a reasonable goal
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Originally Posted by Groucho
4 hours = 9 minutes 9 seconds per mile
I don't think I could keep that pace in one hour.

Congrats to the runners!
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Congrats on the marathon finish. Now you can set a goal of breaking 3hrs.

I'd like to run a marathon someday, but plan on swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112 miles before it.
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Originally Posted by exm
I'm running a 5K these days on average around 24m, 10k 52 m, 15k 80m. Based on those numbers I estimated 4 hours as a reasonable goal
I recently started running again. Around 2 weeks ago, I could run 5k in 32m, and got to a best of 28:15 last Friday. I thought that was good
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Originally Posted by ChiTownAbs, Inc
I recently started running again. Around 2 weeks ago, I could run 5k in 32m, and got to a best of 28:15 last Friday. I thought that was good
My best 5k is about 15:45 , but that was over 10yrs ago. Doubt I could get that fast now. Keep at it and you'll be able to get that time down under 24.
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Originally Posted by BigDave
Congrats on the marathon finish. Now you can set a goal of breaking 3hrs.
My PR is 2:54 back in 2001 (at the NJ Shore Marathon). I'm getting old and "slow." haha
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Originally Posted by ChiTownAbs, Inc
Chicago already has 40k. I've never heard the 'world's largest marathon' being advertised. Maybe I'm not on the 'in' for marathons, but I've never heard/seen it as a spectator.
Although there may have been 40,000 registered, and I have no idea how many actually started the race, there were nowhere near 40,000 FINISHERS in the Chicago Marathon.

There's no easy way to search for this on the Chicago Marathon home page, but I could easily find that an 80 year old man ran an 8 hour 45 minute marathon (impressive that he could finish!!) and he was 32,909th place. I can't imagine there were many that finished behind him, so Chicago is approximately 7,000 runners short of 40,000 finishers.

Like I said earlier, there were over 36,000 NYC Marathon finishers on Sunday (roughly 3,000 more than Chicago).

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