The World’s Top 10 Marathons

3= New York City Marathon

If any marathon could honestly claim to be the world’s favourite, it is New York City. No other event attracts such a high proportion of international runners from so wide a range of countries. They are drawn by the unique appeal of the city and the big-event atmosphere created by the international runners and the crowds that flood onto the streets to support, entertain and motivate them. This is the original big-city marathon, and an event that every runner should experience at least once in their lifetime.


The course: Starting from the huge expanse of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge on Staten Island, the course offers a cultural tour through New York’s ethnic diversity as it meanders through the five boroughs on the way to the finish in Central Park.
Highs: The six-deep crowd on First Avenue as you enter Manhattan for the first time.
Lows: The three-hour wait at the holding complex before the 11am start.
Watch out for: The rolling hills over the final miles in Central Park.
Contact: New York City Marathon, New York Road Runners Club, 9 East 89th St, New York, NY 10128, USA; tel 001 212 423 2249; e-mail marathonmailer@nyrr.org
UK contact: Sports Tours; 0161 7038161
Size: 30,000+
Month: November

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