Athletics – New York Metropolis Marathon – New York, New York, United States – November three, 2019 Normal view of a safety checkpoint earlier than the beginning of the marathon REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK (Reuters) – As 1000’s of runners cross the end line inside leafy Central Park on Sunday, the race will simply be beginning for the organizers of the New York Metropolis Marathon, as they start a year-long celebration of a half century of working in 2020.
A early “50 for the 50th” drawing for novice runners opens on race day and can see the primary 50 members chosen for the New York Metropolis Marathon’s golden anniversary subsequent yr, lengthy earlier than the final software opens in January.
The drawing is the primary of a number of occasions deliberate to mark the event, Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Highway Runners (NYRR), informed Reuters.
“I feel there are extra folks focused on working a marathon now than there ever have been,” stated Capiraso. “From a standpoint of participation and demand, it’s by no means been stronger definitely for us right here in New York.”
The game has expanded quickly because the annual race first started with simply 127 members, working your complete marathon inside Central Park. Final yr, 52,813 runners accomplished the course throughout all 5 of the town’s boroughs.
“After we first began this factor, who ever thought? A bunch of individuals working round Central Park,” stated Capiraso.
The 49th version of the New York Metropolis Marathon begins on Sunday.
Reporting By Amy Tennery; Modifying by Cynthia Osterman