Location: New York, New York
Time of Year: November
The NYC Marathon is not perfectly organized. The online registration process leaves something to be desired and the Expo can be a little chaotic. There have been issues in the past with finish line bags, and after the Boston Marathon, even more security measures were implemented. However, when considering how large the race is, I don’t have a huge problem with the shortfalls. You just need to keep in mind ahead of time that the organizational aspects won’t be perfect.
The entry fee is $255 for non-NYRR members – ouch! That’s pricey, even for a major marathon. Honestly, I would have given this two stars; however, I’ve found that you can find affordable hotels, restaurants, etc. on race weekend. Be prepared though – this is not going to be cheap!
I like the NYC Marathon course. It’s challenging but not too challenging. Keep in mind that you probably will not set a PR here. The course is scenic, touches on all five boroughs and gives you a nice little tour of the city.
You get a shirt and a finisher’s medal. There are other items at the Expo – of course, they aren’t free!
The NYC Marathon has a great history and it should definitely be on your bucket list! Not only that, but it’s a great excuse to take a trip to the city and make a vacation of it.
Even though I didn’t give the race five stars in any individual category, I’m giving it five overall. Personally, I loved this race. I loved the energy of the city and I think it provides a great experience that you will never forget.