Anyone heard re-guaranteed entry yet? My email reply said within 10 working days but it's been more than that since I entered. This will be my 5th major if I get in. Waiting for confirmation before looking into flights/accommodation - will probably do what I did for Boston, fly out 2 days prior and home the evening of the race.
Haven't heard anything back yet but I've a few pals who have so I'm sure we'll hear soon.
As for flying home on the night of the race, I'm avoiding that. Did it in Boston last year and it was horrible. It didn't help that I holed up in a bar all afternoon with pals knocking back the brews, so I was stiff as a board on the plane ... couldn't sleep at all having booked a night flight with the intention of avoiding jet lag by sleeping on the flight home.
Already booked the time off work but like you Elliot don't want to pay out on anything until I have the confirmation of accepted entry.
Yep ... congrats all, Really great getting sloshed with PC, Slinky, Nodster and Marco who ran a beautiful controlled 2.57 and my clubmate Mario who tried to run an ambitious 2.49 PB and managed an amazing 2.50 on that lumpy course.
Me, I couldn't shake my injury properly, took some off and tried to get round in a 3.15 ... felt comfortable from the waist up for the whole race .... but from about 16 onwards it was tough on the right leg, especially the dodgy calf .... came close to cramping a few times, and was looking at a fast finish when I felt cramp up the leg so slowed right down and jogged the last few hundred metres with the video camera phone ... pleased to take 3.22.53 in the circumstances, slowest time I've run since spring13 but if that had been a "normal" UK marathon would have probably DNS'd.
In for Chicago17 and Major Number 6! 'ave it!
P.s NYC Really know how to put on a great Marathon .... can't fault it. Just the course is tougher than the likes of London, Berlin etc other than that ... if I could afford to go back one day to run it again, i'll try to. Loved it ... love that City ...really enjoyed running through Brooklyn, I enjoyed coming off Queensborough Bridge to the wall of noise on 1st Ave ... I enjoyed The Bronx ... actually felt relieved to get to 20 miles. 5th Avenue was tough but the atmosphere was just sensational all the way round.
I've put in a GFA registration so waiting to hear back. Haven't booked any flight or accommodation and I doubt I will until next year as i'm just back from the Big Apple (NY Marathon) and my bank balance is hurting due to the terrible exchange rate, and USA (especially New York) is a really expensive place to visit. The marathon was fantastic despite running it injured and now I can't put weight on my leg without some twinging. Looking to get it seen to and having a bit of a break now. Foolish I know but it would have been a long way to go to not run my 5th Major. (15th Marathon)
So Chicago will (hopefully) be my Six-Star. I've got quite a few pals running next year as well and more in the ballot so it should be quite a jolly-up.
Meadower - great job with your GFA and love that you had to just gun it as the Garmin packed up towards the end and you didn't know you had bagged the time until you had a text alert! London 2018 on the horizon as well ... well on your way to the six-star mate!
BB - yes the flights are too much at the moment just keep checking over the next 6-8 weeks. I want to fly from Heathrow as well and would rather not change but might have to if the Directs don't come down in price.
WMMs on your horizon too .... once you get 5 you can get on their website listed under 5 Star finishers .... bit of added motivation to finish the challenge. (let's face it ... it is a very expensive challenge but the races are superb for route, atmosphere and organisation as they should be)