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NYC marathon, Oct 2014 – 56
(much more details later, as time permits)
When upon a time, I had significant intentions of operating the New York marathon. It was back in 1979, and the entire point was a lot significantly less formal than it is now. Certainly, it was sufficiently informal that Rosie Ruiz was accidentally offered a “finished time” of 2:56:29 for the New York event that year, which qualified her for the 1980 Boston marathon. It was later discovered that she had not run the whole NYC course (nor did she do so up in Boston on April 21, 1980), and her time was in the end rescinded in both races. Had her instances stayed in the record books, her Boston time of two:31:56 would have been the quickest female time ever in the Boston marathon and the third-fastest female time ever recorded in any marathon…
Informal as the New York marathon was in those ancient days, you nonetheless couldn’t just show up at the starting line and expect to be welcomed. On the other hand, all that was needed to get an official invitation was going down to the principal branch of the U.S. Post Office on 34th Street at midnight on some long-forgotten summer night,and waiting in line with a bunch of equally crazy individuals. I got my entry ticket (or letter, or certificate, or what ever it was) a few days later, and began following a fairly severe education regimen, operating my way up to a modest 10-mile race … till a organization trip took me to Sydney, Australia for most of the month of August, 1979. Among enterprise and social events, and the cold, wet weather of Sydney’s winter season, I didn’t do any running at all for that entire month … and with my training regimen broken, I wisely decided not to run the marathon at all.
But because then, I’ve constantly had a fondness for the NYC marathon — particularly contemplating how significantly it has grown, and what a city-wide celebration it has grow to be. I missed the event in 2013 and 2012, so it has been 3 years because I watched on the sidelines in 2011. With the promise of cold-but-sunny weather this year, I decided to return after once more — and, as in 2011, I positioned myself at roughly the 24.5-mile point, at the starting of a downhill run at roughly 78th Street, at the side of the Central Park “inner roadway.”
The runners pass by all afternoon, and effectively into the evening but it is a small more hard to anticipate when the lead runners will attain any particular point. There are now so numerous participants in the marathon (about 50,000) that the runners are released in “waves,” beginning with these on hand-operated wheelchair/bicycles, and the “elite” girls, the elite men, and three or 4 waves of mere mortals. There was an further delay this year, simply because the headwinds have been so strong that the initial wave had fantastic difficulty propelling their wheeled cars up over the “hump” of the Tappan Zee bridge. So if you’re standing somewhere along the route, at the ten-mile mark, or the 20-mile mark, or (as I was) the 24.five mile mark, you can only guess at the moment when the lead runners — or a friend or family member whom you want to cheer onward to the finish line — may be coming close to you.
On the other hand, there are some clues. Helicopters hover above the lead runners, low adequate that you can hear the roar of their blades and there are two or three waves of police vehicles and motorcycles zooming ahead of the runners, pushing people back to the sidelines, and ensuring that there are no disruptions or obstacles to slow them down. Then — and it is always an adrenaline rush! — you see the official race vehicle, driving just a handful of feet ahead of the lead runners, with a huge race clock mounted on its roof, displaying these quickly-moving runners the exact number of hours, minutes, and seconds considering that they began their journey back at the edge of Staten Island.
The lead runners, of whom there are usually two or 3 or 4 even up to the final mile, are usually numerous minutes ahead of the next ones but those who are in positions three, 4, 5 or ten, and who will get no recognition at all from the press, the media, or the crowd when they finish … nicely, they nevertheless run as if their lives rely on it. And the crowd cheers them on, clapping and calling out their names and urging them onward.
A single of the variations I noticed this year was the widespread use of bicycle horns and cow-bells that the onlookers utilized to generate a cacophony of merry noise I do not know if the runners took it as a sign of encouragement, but it certain sounded that way to me …
I stayed longer than I had intended, and took several hundred a lot more photographs that I had planned … but they’re all just bits on the camera’s digital memory card, so it does not truly matter. One particular may argue that I need to have stayed for eight or ten hours, until the final runner had straggled by. And probably I should have photographed every single of the 50,000 runners, for I’m confident they each had their personal story to tell. But right after a even though, it gets overwhelming — and the faces and bodies and brightly colored shirts and tights and shoes begin to blur…
I think I got a representative collection of photographs and the video clips will give you a sense of the noise and the motion of what seemed like an endless stream of humanity racing past … but to truly comprehend it, you want to be there in individual. Barring a crippling storm (like Hurricane Sandy, which forced the cancellation of the 2012 marathon), you will locate another crowd of 50,000 runners racing by way of Central Park at the end of next year’s marathon, on the very first Sunday in November. And with any luck, I’ll be there with my camera …
Who knows: possibly even Rosie Ruiz will be there, too. It turns out that she was arrested in 1982 for embezzling $60,000 from a actual estate organization where she worked soon after a week in jail and a sentence of 5 years’ probation, she moved back to south Florida, where she was arrested in 1983 for her involvement in a cocaine deal. But as of the year 2000, she nonetheless insisted that she had run the whole 1980 Boston marathon. C’est la vie…
By Ed Yourdon on 2014-11-02 11:ten:08
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