This Weekend – Run With Us!

It’s Friday and the weekend is here! The general population is looking to see what parties and other weekend plans they can get involved with, but at We Are NYC RC, we are looking to see what runs we can get into! And this is the life of a runner!! (haha)!

View of Park Avenue from a previous “Summer Streets”

Don’t worry, we have ya covered! But be warned, both of our offerings will require you to wake up early so if you were looking to catch up on zzzz’s this weekend, do it after you run!

Saturday 8/11 – Summer Streets Run (led by Marjorie!)

Each year in the first three weeks of August, New York City shirts down certain portions of the city for recreation and fun. This Saturday, Park Avenue from 72nd street down to Centre street by City Hall will be closed to traffic. We are having a run that will run thru the closed streets. The entire stretch is 7 miles but if you need to do more you can always run back or a portion back. Bring some cash and a metro card to buy water along the route. Meeting details below! Run will happen rain or shine!

  • When- Saturday 8/11/18
  • Time- 7:15am (Run happens rain or shine!)
  • Meeting Location- Chase bank (corner of 72nd street & Lexington Avenue)
  • Route- Start at 72nd st & Lex, go over to Park Avenue, go left on Park Avenue and run straight downtown (approx 7 miles!)

 

Ready for 15 miles on Sunday!

Sunday 8/12 – TCS Marathon Training Series – 15 mile run sponsored by New York Road Runners

If the weather holds up, join us and thousands of other runners as we do three loops of the 5 mile loop in Central Park as the preparation continues for the TCS NYC Marathon. As of the writing of this post, there are still spots open for this training run. Sign up here if you are interested!

Over 30 of our members have signed up for this training run and we will be meeting before the race in “Race Day Central”. More info below!

  • When- Sunday 8/12/18
  • Meetup 6:15-6:45am / Race starts @ 7:00am
  • Location- Central Park 102st Tranverse and East drive
  • Route- 5 mile loop in Central Park 3 times!
  • Meetup Location- look for softball field 8- we will be on the concrete path on the 3rd bass/left field side of field 8
  • Hope to see many of you this weekend and if not, have a great RUNNING weekend!

Fred Lebow Half & NYC Marathon Tidbits!

Well my friends we made it to the end of another week! The weather is supposed to be a lot nicer in the NYC area this weekend so if you have been thinking about getting out to start running, this weekend is a good time to start with warmer weather in store! Saturday should reach close to 50 degrees with Sunday seeing 45 degrees.

If the weather doesn’t inspire you to get out then, maybe the runners toeing the line this Sunday will in Central Park. On Sunday the New York Road Runners club will be holding the Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon in Central Park. 2 and a half loops of the standard loop in Central Park will be run. As of now the race is sold out so there will be lots of runners conquering the 13.1 miles on Sunday. What is more inspiring than having a sold out half marathon in the middle of January! A big salute to all of the runners running the race on Sunday and don’t forget to smile for Fred when you cross the finish line!

This Fred Lebow half marathon pays homage to the late great Fred Lebow who is the founder of the New York City Marathon which of course has become one of the most famous marathons to run in the world. He founded the marathon in 1970 and was one of a handful of 55 runners that took part in the inaugural NYC marathon. In 2017, the NYC Marathon hosted about 55,000 runners while turning away much more than that who just couldn’t be accommodated. Lebow went onto complete 69 marathons in his lifetime and doing so in 30 countries before passing away in 1994. Today aside from his legacy of creating a great marathon, he can be remembered for some of his quotes:

The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama, competition, camaraderie and heroism.

As the Fred Lebow half marathon is run this Sunday, earlier in the week, the race Lebow founded opened up its lottery to accept runners who wish to run the 2018 version of the TCS New York City Marathon. This year’s marathon will be Sunday, November 4th. This race has become one of the hardest races go get into. I was giddy when I received my acceptance into the race earlier this week and had to post something about it! I know however that not everyone will be so fortunate. It has become so difficult to get accepted into this race, that last year, only about 16,000 runners were accepted via lottery. Close to 100,000 applications were received in the lottery. That means only 16% of runners were accepted via lottery!

So if 55,000 runners make up the race- where did the other 39,000 come from? Here are some other options for you to explore if you don’t like the 16% odds via lottery.

9+1 program. For me this is the easiest and most assured way of getting in. It is also the one that requires the most work. It simple. This is the option I opted for last year and how I qualified this year. How to do it? Run 9 NYRR qualifying races and volunteer to work one and you automatically qualify for the following year’s marathon. That won’t get you into this year’s marathon, but you are assured to be in for the 2019 marathon.

Then there is the endless list of charities that you can run for in the marathon. Each charity has a number of spots reserved in the marathon however, you will be asked to raise money for that charity. Usually the amounts that you must raise are over $2,500 and that might be daunting for some.

If you are reading this from another country, you are in luck! If you plan a vacation to New York City from another country, there are guaranteed spots reserved for several runners that are willing to book a vacation to NYC. The vacation must be booked with one of their approved tour directors. More info on that can be found here.

Then there is luck for really fast people. If you are an elite athlete, you will likely get in. But if you are not elite but still fast, there is hope for you. There are time qualifications by age group in the half marathon and full marathon. If you have run a time for one of these races faster than the time qualifiers then you are in luck! To qualify for the 2018 marathon you will hAve had to run the qualifying time in 2017. To see if you were fast enough, check out the time qualifying standards here!

If none of these apply, I’m sorry but your just going to have to sit back and wait for those lottery results! I got turned down for 4 years in a row before I went the 9+1 route. I pray that none of you have to wait 4 years to get in. Lottery results are expected to be announced on February 28th. Close to 60,000 are expected to toe the line this year.

Fred Lebow is surely smiling from above at what his race has become!

Ready To Take On 2018!

I looked at the calendar yesterday at work and couldn’t believe that pretty much a whole week has gone by in December already! With the holiday festivities starting up and with hopefully some vacation time for many of you, December will be gone before you know it!

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Are You Ready For 2018?

If you are sitting back and you continue to say to yourself ” I am going to get into a workout routine soon”, please start! I’ve been trying to preach that December is actually a great month to start a workout routine. See my previous post here .

For those of you out there that are already working out, or better yet running, are you ready for 2018? Have you started to think about what goals you have in 2018? Have you made some plans as to what races you will run in 2018?

For me, its an interesting year. I will finally get to conquer (or at least I hope to) the New York City Marathon after so many years of trying to run the race. Of course that race is not until November! I plan to slowly start building up my miles likely around July. Up until then, I plan on keeping busy with a steady diet of races. It’s early but so far in 2018, I have a 10k to run in January and as of right now, my next race after that is not until mid March when I run the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on March 18th. Would love to get a race under my belt in February, but if that doesn’t happen then I will settle with another race after the half marathon.

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The United NYC Half Marathon Runners Were Picked On Wednesday!

A quick side note about the United NYC Half. Yesterday, so many people found out that they were selected for the race after awaiting the results of the race lottery. If you were one of those many people that got accepted yesterday, CONGRATULATIONS! Its always exciting to hear the joyful expressions of people when they get selected for a big race such as the United NYC Half. The facebook group that I created for the race is closing in on 200 members, all of whom are running the race. Needless to say, I’ m pretty excited about this race and I am sure all runners in the race are as well.

Back to my goals for 2018. As I prepare for the NYC Marathon, I would like to get the 9 races required to run the NYC Marathon again in 2019. With 2018 being my first marathon being run, there is of course the possibility that IΒ  may not want to bounce back in 2019 and run it again based on what some are saying about their first experience lol. That is ok. I believe I can always defer my qualification a year if I do gain acceptance into the 2019 edition.Β  I plan on doing at least nine races in addition to the marathon this year. Which ones they will be is still to be determined. There are two races that I am definitely hoping to do. The Brooklyn Half Marathon in May and the Fifth Avenue Mile in September. The Brooklyn Half, because I missed it last year so I want to do it this year. The Fifth Avenue mile was probably my favorite race of all the races I ran last year. First because its the shortest and second because, well I never get to run a mile all out!

As for other personal goals, going under 1:50 in a half marathon is at the top of my list. With the cold weather here, I don’t know if I will get adequate training in to go under that in March at the NYC Half but maybe I can tackle that goal in May at the Brooklyn Half marathon. As for the NYC Marathon, I’ve never 26.2 miles before so I don’t know what to expect. But if I can break 4 hours, I will be fine with that! Finally that 5th Avenue Mile tricked me last year. I could see the finish line at the half mile marker and I started to kick. Way too early though so I was gassed in the last 1/4 mile! Will try to run smarter this year and God willing go under 6:00!

All in all, I’m excited to get 2018 going already. With no race for me in December, I guess you can say I bored! Thankfully running for my charity on Charity Miles is keeping me going!

What are your goals for 2018? What races do you want to run? I want to know – let me know in the comments section below!

Have a great Thursday my friends!

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Loved The Fifth Avenue Mile!

The Emotions Of A Runner

This race moves participants in so many ways!

I wasn’t planning on a Friday after 5pm post but then this afternoon happened. I walked to Central Park today because it was gorgeous out. I had read that the finish line for the New York City Marathon was finally complete so I figured I walk over to Central Park. 
The weather was beautiful out so uptown I went on 6th Avenue from my office at Rockefeller Center. Halfway on my walk up 6th avenue at around 54th street, I’m waiting for the light to change, and I see a young woman running towards me. I looked, I looked again more intently and I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was one of my favorite runners currently on the circuit, none other than Brenda Martinez. I COMPLETELY FROZE for 3 seconds. I watched her run by and thought about asking for a selfie. Then I  had all of these thoughts

“maybe she was on a final training run for the Abbot 5k Dash To The Finish- you can’t ask her for a selfie- what if you mess up her training run and she loses because of you- what if you stir up attention to her and she gets mobbed?” 

Recognized Brenda b/c she was still wearing the shirt in the pic she posted about an hour earlier lol

By the time I asked all those questions in my head – she was gone. Running down 6th ave- it was good to see you Brenda! But i continued my walk smiling because I had seen one of my favorite runners up close. Pretty damn cool!

The marathon – truly a global affair!

Onwards I went to Central Park! I made  it to the finish line and what first  struck me were all of the flags from all of the countries being representee at the marathon. How beautiful that sight was. How beautiful it must feel coming up that final uphill running between all of those flags.
Finally I made it to the finish line. I felt ecstatic about being able to see it. There was excitement because there were people meeting and discussing their plans for meeting their family members after the race. There were news reporters interviewing people about the race. So much buzz and optimism! Then I started to long for running this race on Sunday. Maybe I was teasing myself going to the Pavilion, Expo and now the finish line all in one week. But then I thought “screw this- I’m a runner and this is our Super Bowl, Our World Series, I’m going to celebrate”. 

Next time I see you, I cross you with hands held high!

While I still felt feelings of wanting to run the race. I started to chat with people that were taking pictures with their numbers and with their families. Heck I implored people to get into the pics with their families on a couple of occasions and I snapped the pictures for them. I congratulated them for getting the opportunity to run th best race in the world and wished hem nothing but luck!

On my way out, I turned back because I saw Fred. Fred Lebow that is. The grandfather of the NYC Marathon has his famous stature just to the left of the finish line. I snapped a pic of Fred and literally said “thanks Fred”. Without him he won’t have this race, we don’t feel these emotions and we would never be able to say the words “New York City Marathon”.

I keep saying I will see you next year, but getting closer to the race this year has me more motivated than ever!

Once again good luck to all of those running this beautiful race on Sunday!

The father of the NYC Marathon – Fred Lebow

Marathon Events All This Week!

Can’t wait for Marathon Week!


While the New York City Marathon is not til next week, the New York Road Runners Club is hosting so many events next week that you almost don’t have to run the marathon to be excited about it! I stumbled upon some information from them and thought I would share it here.

They have so many events going on that they needed three different venues to host them all in! Here are those locaitons:

  1. The NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street New York, NY 10019)
  2. The Marathon Pavilion (67th street and Central Park West, inside the park)
  3. The Marathon Expo (Jacob Javits Convention Center)

The full calendar of events, as of now, is below with the time and location of each.

The marathon pavilion will open its doors on Sunday!


If it wasn’t for the fact that I will be in Philadelphia  this weekend, I would have loved to have gone to the opening of the Marathon Pavillion on Sunday morning (8:00-10:00am)! Fortunately enough for me, its close enough to my job that I may just visit it during the week! A side note, I’m actually pretty excited about Philly this weekend. I get to visit what is in my opinion, the spookiest attraction in the North East in Terror Behind The Walls at the Eastern State Penitentiary! Very cool if you are into that type of thing, but if you are not, I understand!

Back to the race week calendar and back to the Pavillion. I see that they are having a member lunch on Monday with course strategy. I may not be running the marathon this year but I am so intrigued still by the course that I may just stop by to listen! If I don’t do the lunch, I may stop by on Monday after 5pm as they are offering a free Michelob Ultra plus a giveaway for all members!

On Wednesday November 1 they are offering an interesting session at the RunCenter. The session is sponsored by BEDGEAR who happens to be the official mattress and pillow of the New York City Marathon!? I didn’t know there was ever an official mattress and pillow sonsor…well then! Anyhow, I don’t know about any of you but whenever I go on a night run after work, I have a lot of trouble falling asleep. My muscles ache a bit and sometimes I am just wired and can’t fall sleep. I would love to hear what they have to say to cope with this. Do any of you struggle with this after a night run?

Not too often you get to meet an Olympian….


On Saturday November 4th, they might make me do something I hate to do. They may just make me come into Manhattan from Long Island for something other than work or a race! Why? At the RunCenter they will be having a pair of Olympians and World Champions in Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn. I cannot tell you how much I love these two middle distance runners. Earlier this year when I ran the NYRR 5th Avenue Mile I stuck around well after my race just to watch the professional women’s mile. I was torn on who I wanted to win, Jenny Simpson or Brenda Martinez . Brenda surged at the end but there was no way she was catching Jenny. A chance to meet Jenny and Emma Coburn would be the highlight of the week since I can’t run the marathon this year! 

….and you get to meet a world champion!

So those are my favorites! What are you looking forward to? Whatever you choose, make sure to enjoy the event and most importantly the actual marathon on Sunday!

Sunday, October 29

Time Location Event
7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. RUNCENTER Number Pickup: Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships
Runners participating on Saturday’s race through Midtown Manhattan can pick up their race materials, including their bib numbers and shirts.
8:00–10:00 a.m. Pavilion TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion Grand Opening
The TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion opens its doors to visitors, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Pavilion Race-day Nutrition with Lauren Antonucci, Brought to You by Poland Spring
Join the registered dietitian for a conversation starting every hour at the top of the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
4:00–6:00 p.m. Pavilion Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches
NYRR coaches will lead runners through a mile-by-mile course strategy session, including race-day tips and insights on how to manage the 26.2-mile tour through the five boroughs. Sessions will be held every hour on the hour.

Monday, October 30

Time Location Event
7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. RUNCENTER Number Pickup: Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships
Runners participating on Saturday’s race through Midtown Manhattan can pick up their race materials, including their bib numbers and shirts.
7:30–8:30 a.m. RUNCENTER RUNHealthy: Yoga for TCS New York City Marathon Runners
Prep for the TCS New York City Marathon with RUNHealthy: Yoga for Runners! The class is open to all levels and will incorporate postures that help with running performance and injury prevention.
Led by instructor Steph Armijo, you’ll focus on relieving tightness and building strength in five key muscle groups involved in running–glutes, hamstrings, quads, core, and calves–as well as increasing mental focus through breathing.
Bring your own mat and RSVP here.
12:00–1:00 p.m. Pavilion NYRR Member Lunch and Course Strategy
Prepare for your five-borough run with tips and course information from NYRR’s coaching staff.
4:00–6:00 p.m. RUNCENTER Runner Hydration with Gatorade
Sample the latest and greatest from Gatorade at the NYRR RUNCENTER!
5:00–6:00 p.m. Pavilion Strength Training with Hospital for Special Surgery
Join Hospital for Special Surgery specialists Pam Geisel and Tiffany Chag, as well as physical therapist Lauren Alix Riccardi, as they teach runners how to effectively strength train and prevent injury during marathon training. RSVP here.
6:00–7:00 p.m. Pavilion Member Monday: Course Strategy and Meet Your Pacer
NYRR members ages 21 and up can stop by and receive a free drink courtesy of Michelob Ultra. At 6:30 p.m., NYRR Coaches will host a Course Strategy session with valuable insight and will answer questions about race day. Members may also receive a limited-edition giveaway while supplies last.
6:00–7:00 p.m. RUNCENTER NYRR Team for Kids Group Run
Runners from NYRR’s Team for Kids will meet for a run in Central Park, beginning and ending at the NYRR RUNCENTER.

Tuesday, October 31

Time Location Event
7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. RUNCENTER Number Pickup: Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships
Runners participating on Saturday’s race through Midtown Manhattan can pick up their race materials, including their bib numbers and shirts.
7:30–8:30 a.m. RUNCENTER RUNHealthy: Pilates for TCS New York City Marathon Runners
Join New York Pilates instructor and running coach Jen Ares-Cruz for a core-focused class designed to support your running and make you feel your strongest at the starting line!
Pilates for TCS New York City Runners will focus on the rotational strength and stabilization needed for running, particularly in the lower body and shoulders. This workout is ideal for runners looking to improve their body awareness and running form; strengthen key muscle groups to improve speed, efficiency, and prevent injury; and stretch the areas of the body that running stresses the most.
Bring your own mat and RSVP here.
6:00–8:00 p.m. Pavilion MEB: The Home Stretch Series Premiere Screening with Q&A
Watch the series premiere of MEB: The Home Stretch, a five-part documentary series chronicling the final season of America’s greatest marathoner, Meb Keflezighi. A Q&A with Meb will follow the screening.
Doors will open for the free screening at 6:00 p.m. Please plan to arrive on time, as there is no guaranteed, reserved seating. RSVP here.

Wednesday, November 1

Time Location Event
8:00–10:00 a.m. RUNCENTER BEDGEAR presents Yoga Nidra: Guided Meditation for Better Sleep
Ingrid Prueher, a pediatric and adult sleep and nutrition consultant and founder of sleeptransformation.org, will be leading the yoga nidra classes. This practice of meditation enables you to use downtime to increase your recovery, which is especially useful when race-day adrenaline is keeping you awake. Join us for a 40-minute guided “sleep meditation” that is sure to relax your muscles and give you clarity so you can be ready for your run!
Please bring your own mat and towel. RSVP here.
12:00–1:00 p.m. RUNCENTER Facebook Live: Coaches’ Chat
NYRR Coaches will answer questions about training at the NYRR RUNCENTER, streaming live on the NYRR Facebook page.
2:00–3:00 p.m. Pavilion Touring and Training: Meet and Greet with Prince Royce
The Bronx native will share his experiences training for the TCS New York City Marathon while performing as a recording artist.
4:00–5:00 p.m. RUNCENTER BEDGEAR presents Sleep Insights for Athletes
For more than 10 years, Lorenzo Turicchia was a researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he worked on biomedical devices and bioelectronics. His recent work has included research on medical devices for monitoring sleep and daily activity.
Currently, Lorenzo is working on new technologies for measuring and optimizing sleep performance, based on his knowledge of the human body. During this presentation, Lorenzo will provide tips for how athletes can improve their sleep for optimal performance each day.
5:30–6:30 p.m. RUNCENTER MELT Seminar for TCS New York City Marathon Runners with Hospital for Special Surgery
Join Hospital for Special Surgery exercise physiologist and performance specialist Polly deMille as she teaches you this simple yet effective technique for self-myofascial release that can benefit your entire body and help prevent injury.
Runners will have the opportunity to learn the self-treatment technique MELT (myofascial energetic length technique) to restore optimal integrity of the connective tissue. RSVP here.
6:00–7:00 p.m. Pavilion BEDGEAR presents Sleep Insights for Athletes
For more than 10 years, Lorenzo Turicchia was a researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he worked on biomedical devices and bioelectronics. His recent work has included research on medical devices for monitoring sleep and daily activity.
Currently, Lorenzo is working on new technologies for measuring and optimizing sleep performance, based on his knowledge of the human body. During this presentation, Lorenzo will provide tips for how athletes can improve their sleep for optimal performance each day.
6:30–7:30 p.m. RUNCENTER Hospital for Special Surgery presents Foam Rolling for TCS New York City Marathon Runners
Join Hospital for Special Surgery physical therapists Catherine Wysin and Julie Khan as they teach runners how to use foam rollers to help reduce post-exercise muscle soreness and accelerate the return of muscle strength and power after a hard workout. RSVP here.

Thursday, November 2

Time Location Event
8:00–10:00 a.m. Pavilion Run Mama Run Screening and Breakfast with Sarah Brown
Join us for an exclusive free screening of Run Mama Run, followed by breakfast and a panel with New Balance athlete Sarah Brown.
Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Seating and breakfast are first come, first served. RSVP here.
10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Expo Number Pickup: TCS New York City Marathon
Runners participating in Sunday’s race can pick up their race materials, including their bib numbers and shirts.
10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Expo Number Pickup: Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships
Runners participating in Saturday’s race through Midtown Manhattan can pick up their race materials, including their bib numbers and shirts.
10:00–11:30 a.m. RUNCENTER NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)
Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history. RSVP here.
10:00–11:00 a.m. Pavilion Team Celiac: The Benefits of Gluten-Free Running
11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Expo Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches
Learn valuable advice about how to approach 26.2 miles through the five boroughs with NYRR’s coaching staff. Course strategy sessions will be held every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m., with a special presentation from Hospital for Special Surgery at 3:00 p.m.
12:00–2:15 p.m. RUNCENTER NYRR Central Park Running History Tours (Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese)
Languages and tour times are listed below. RSVP here.
Spanish: 12:00–1:30 p.m
Portuguese: 12:15–1:45 p.m.
Italian: 12:30–2:00 p.m.
French: 12:45–2:15 p.m.
12:00–1:00 p.m. Pavilion It Will Move You Professional Athlete Panel
Pro athletes Jared Ward, Aliphine Tuliaumuk, Amanda McGrory, and Josh George will participate in an exclusive It Will Move You panel. These athletes will share their stories of how they’ve been moved by running and the marathon.
2:00–3:30 p.m. RUNCENTER NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)
RSVP here.
3:00–5:00 p.m. Pavilion NYRR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and Abebe Bikila and George Hirsch Journalism Awards Presentation
Inducted in 2017 will be Tom Fleming, Ryan Hall, Lornah Kiplagat, Orlando Pizzolato, and Dr. Norbert Sander. Tim Layden will receive the George Hirsch Journalism Award. This event is free and open to the public.
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Expo Maximizing Race Day: Tips for Success on Your 26.2 with Tiffany Chag from Hospital for Special Surgery
5:30–6:30 p.m. Pavilion Fitbit Presentation with Ryan and Sara Hall
Chat with Professional Runners Ryan & Sara Hall to get race day tips and advice. The professional running duo set records and earned accolades both as All-Americans at Stanford and in the competitive race world, so come ask your last-minute questions and get ready to take on race day. RSVP here.
5:30–6:30 p.m. RUNCENTER Foam Rolling with Hospital for Special Surgery
RSVP here.
6:30–7:30 p.m. RUNCENTER Spectator 101: How to Find Your Runner on Race Day
Trying to figure out where you are going to cheer your runner on come marathon Sunday? Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER for a brief informational session on the best practices and strategies to find your runner on race day! A Q&A will follow, and we’ll show you how to use the incredible spectator section of our TCS New York City Marathon app.
8:30–11:45 p.m. Pavilion BOSTON Screening with Q&A
Watch an exclusive screening of BOSTON, the first feature-length documentary chronicling the iconic race from its very beginning 120 years ago to present day.
Doors will open for the free screening at 8:30 p.m. Please plan to arrive by 8:00 p.m., as there is no guaranteed, reserved seating. RSVP here.

Friday, November 3

Time Location Event
10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Expo Number Pickup: TCS New York City Marathon
Runners participating in Sunday’s race can pick up their race materials, including their bib numbers and shirts.
10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Expo Number Pickup: Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships
Runners participating in Saturday’s race through Midtown Manhattan can pick up their race materials, including their bib numbers and shirts.
10:00–11:30 a.m. RUNCENTER NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)
Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history. RSVP here.
11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Expo Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches
Learn valuable advice about how to approach 26.2 miles through the five boroughs with NYRR’s coaching staff. Course strategy sessions will be held every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m., with a special presentation from Hospital for Special Surgery at 3:00 p.m.
12:00–2:15 p.m. RUNCENTER NYRR Central Park Running History Tours (Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese)
Languages and tour times are listed below. RSVP here.
Spanish: 12:00–1:30 p.m
Portuguese: 12:15–1:45 p.m.
Italian: 12:30–2:00 p.m.
French: 12:45–2:15 p.m.
12:00–1:00 p.m. Pavilion Tiki Talk: A Meet-Up and Q&A with Former New York Giants Running Back Tiki Barber
Former New York Giants running back and NFL Pro Bowler Tiki Barber will share the story of his transition from football player to road runner. A three-time TCS New York City Marathon finisher, Barber will dive into his passion for running and the obstacles he’s overcome on his journey to becoming a marathoner.
1:00–3:00 p.m. Pavilion TCS GoIT Presentation
Join us to see the goIT finalists from New York City schools present the fitness app they have created to a panel of judges.
2:00–3:30 p.m. RUNCENTER NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)
RSVP here.
2:00–3:00 p.m. RUNCENTER NYRR RUNTalk: The Future of U.S. Women’s Running with Emily Infeld and Emily Sisson
Join IAAF World Championship bronze medalist Emily Infeld and Team NB young phenom Emily Sisson for a chat about the bright future of women’s running in the United States.
3:00–4:00 p.m. Pavilion Conversation with Dean Karnazes
Renowned ultramarathoner and Fitbit Ambassador Dean Karnazes has run hundreds of marathons and ultramarathons on all seven continents of Earth. He will be running his tenth New York City Marathon and will discuss running 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the New York City Marathon, and how technology has evolved over the past decade. Dean will delve into diet, pre-race preparation, tricks and strategies he’s learned over the years, and how he utilizes Fitbit to optimize training, sleep, and recovery. RSVP here.
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Expo Last-Minute Aches and Pains with Alex Shafiro from Hospital for Special Surgery
4:00–5:00 p.m. RUNCENTER NYRR RUNTalk: Dual-Sport Paralympic Athletes
This year’s TCS New York City Marathon will include two wheelchair athletes who have excelled on the world stage at the Paralympic Games in sports other than track and field: South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk (cycling) and Germany’s Annika Zeyen (wheelchair basketball).
Join these two inspirational racers to hear their journeys of competing in multiple sports, and the state of wheelchair racing and Paralympic sport in the world today.
5:00–6:00 p.m. RUNCENTER Seven Continents, Seven Marathons, Seven Days: A Conversation with Ultramarathoner Mike Wardian
Join ultramarathoner Mike Wardian as he talks about his record-breaking performance as he ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days! He’ll discuss this journey as well as the many other ultra adventures that helped him prepare for the TCS New York City Marathon.
6:00–7:00 p.m. RUNCENTER Citius Mag Podcast Live at the NYRR RUNCENTER
Join Citius Magazine as its staff records live from the NYRR RUNCENTER. Co-founder of Citius Mag and Sports Illustrated columnist Chris Chavez and Men’s Journal Senior Editor Kit Fox will preview the incredible professional field of the TCS New York City Marathon.
7:00–8:00 p.m. RUNCENTER Spectator 101: How to Find Your Runner on Race Day
Trying to figure out where you are going to cheer your runner on come marathon Sunday? Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER for a brief informational session on the best practices and strategies to find your runner on race day! A Q&A will follow, and we’ll show you how to use the incredible spectator section of our TCS New York City Marathon app.

Saturday, November 4

Time Location Event
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Expo Number Pickup: TCS New York City Marathon
Runners participating in Sunday’s race can pick up their race materials, including their bib numbers and shirts.
10:00–11:00 a.m. RUNCENTER NYRR RUNTalk: A Conversation with Four-Time New York City Marathon Winner Bill Rodgers
Join four-time New York City Marathon champion Bill Rodgers as he discusses his iconic wins and tales of the past. A meet and greet will follow.
11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Expo Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches
Learn valuable advice about how to approach 26.2 miles through the five boroughs with NYRR’s coaching staff. Course strategy sessions will be held every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m., with a special presentation from Hospital for Special Surgery at 3:00 p.m.
12:00–1:00 p.m. RUNCENTER NYRR RUNTalk: NYRR Hall of Fame Legends
Don’t miss the fastest panel of New York City running legends ever put together. This “greatest of all time” chat will feature Haile Gebrselassie, Bill Rodgers, GermΓ‘n Silva, and Ryan Hall.
1:00–2:00 p.m. RUNCENTER The Secrets of Running with Toby Tanser and Lornah Kiplagat
Author of Train Hard, Win Easy: The Kenyan Way Toby Tanser will lead a discussion on the secrets of Kenyan running with Lornah Kiplagat, an IAAF World Half-Marathon and IAAF World Cross Country Championships gold medalist.
2:00–3:00 p.m. RUNCENTER The Future of Women’s Running with Kathrine Switzer, Deena Kastor, and Alison Desir
Join a discussion with female running legends Kathrine Switzer and Deena Kastor as well as Alison Desir, fitness activist and co-founder of Run4AllWomen. The three will discuss the history and future of women’s running around the world. The panel will be moderated by New York Road Runners’ Gordon Bakoulis.
3:00–4:00 p.m. RUNCENTER Team New Balance World Champions: Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn
Join Team New Balance athletes, IAAF World Champions and Olympic medalists Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn as they discuss training, the road to the 2016 Rio Olympics, and their individual moments of World Championships glory.
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Expo Race Recovery: Finish Line and Beyond with Pam Geisel from Hospital for Special Surgery
4:00–5:00 p.m. RUNCENTER It Will Move You: The Most Inspiring Stories of the TCS New York City Marathon
Before the TCS New York City Marathon, get inspired by a panel of runners who have experienced a variety of obstacles to get to the marathon start line–but have overcome them and will be lining up right alongside you on Sunday, November 5.
5:00–6:00 p.m. RUNCENTER Spectator 101: How To Find Your Runner on Race Day
Trying to figure out where you are going to cheer your runner on come marathon Sunday? Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER for a brief informational session on the best practices and strategies to find your runner on race day! A Q&A will follow, and we’ll show you how to use the incredible spectator section of our TCS New York City Marathon app.