It feels more real to us and those who were there with us last week because we still have that feeling of running toward the finish line or waiting for someone by the finish line fresh in the memory and can feel exactly what these people are going through.
Hopefully it won't deter too many people from running large marathons. Like someone has touched on already, most marathon runners I've met tend to be pretty strong minded and this event will just make them desperate to run again. I'm thinking of going into London on sunday now to cheer people on instead of watching on the telly.
Does the Staten Island ferry have to be booked? I'm slightly concerned about the waiting at the start. I'm booked on a bus at 6:30am, but my wave isn't until 10:30am, so a lot of waiting around. Was hoping I could maybe get the ferry across 8:30ish if I don't have to book it.
I'm doing it this year! Never visited NYC before. Can't wait! For previous marathons I've only ever trained enough in order to complete the course, but I quite fancy doing a time in NYC. Training well under way now. Managed 13 slow and sore miles today.
Disappointed with this event today. Too many people all set off at the same time. I couldn't get past people. Staggered start would've been much better. And I wonder who the genius was that put the toilets in front of the water station around 5k. Queue backed up to the water station so people couldn't get through and had to stop.
Good luck to everyone running this year! I did it last year and it was my first ever marathon. I then went on to do London and Berlin, but Paris is the one I enjoyed the most. The sights along the route were amazing! Perfect route! I also loved that the organisers were very 'runner' focused, rather than somewhere like London that was 'profit' focused.