On November 1, 2009, I woke up when most of Manhattan was just calling it a night from Halloween, but hey, I had a marathon to run! I was out the door of my hotel promptly at 5 am and headed towards the subway on foot. I knew that just getting to the start of the race was going to be an experience in itself. After ½ hour subway ride, I was now ready to hop on the Staten Island Ferry.
The ferry ride was smooth and I found two nice ladies to chat it up with (surprising, I know!). Once we reached Staten Island, we were taken by bus to the starting area. I couldn’t wait to start, but I still had a couple hours of wait time.
The marathon started at 10:15 am to Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York.” FABULOUS! I’m thinking, “NYC is one of the world’s largest marathons with over 40,000 runners and I’m running in it!!”
The crowd of runners was amazing! I made a new friend at the start named Wendy (she is in picture below wearing the white shirt — next to my bright yellow LIVESTRONG shirt) and we ran together the entire race! She had done the marathon a few times before, so she was like having my own personal narrator for the entire race.
The course covered all five boroughs of New York City: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Manhattan. The crowds were amazing and I found my friends cheering for me at mile 16 .
Finishing in Central Park was icing on the cake!
Here is the best part: during the race, I focused on my friends and family who have been affected by cancer in some way. This run was for them! Because of my generous friends and family, I raised over $5,000.00 for the LIVESTRONG Foundation!! I have never been more proud to run a race!
Finish time: 3:44:47 — my third BQ time!