On November 6th, 2016, there will be a lovely distraction from the toxic sludge
that is your Facebook Feed.
Photos on Facebook of all your friends who will have run the NYC Marathon!
Don’t wait to see the photos.
Go and check it out for yourself!
Upper West Side and Upper East Side real estate takes a little break for the day, so don’t worry about missing out on that perfect apartment; open houses generally get rescheduled from Marathon Sunday….
If you have never gone to watch the marathon live, it’s an incredible experience.
What you can’t help of feel as you watch is the energy of thousands of runners have trained for months and poured their heart and soul into the process.
Some are running for their lives- to get healthy.
Some are running in honor a loved one who died.
Some are trying to win!
(A world record won’t happen here, but that’s another post).
Some, like me, have come back from some injury or health scare and are excited to call attention to it, to help others by raising money for that cause.
Millions of dollars gets raised for many worthy and noble causes- Cancer Research of all kinds, AIDS Research, Alzheimer’s, on and on and on.
Runners will cross your path from every corner of the globe to show of their patriotic pride, wearing colors of their home countries, flags.
Viking helmets, sombreros, you may even see Larry the Lighthouse.
I’ll put a photo of him here.
Don’t ask me why a sane person would wear a 20+ pound lighthouse outfit on to run a marathon…
What most runners show, at various points of the race, and what I enjoy the most, are bright smiles; many
feel that Marathon Sunday is New York City at its absolute best, and I agree.
Allow yourself to be inspired!
If you have kids, bring them out to be inspired.
Of course I’m over the moon that I have the opportunity to get out and run the marathon this year, and I hope that some of you will email me and tell me where you’re watching the race, so that I can look for you!
This is my 18th marathon, and my 7th New York City Marathon.
But more than anything, this is my enjoinder to you, my hope that you will
go out and cheer for YOUR
Cheer for random strangers!
I’m reminded of the Parade of Nations from the Rio Olympics.
I’m quite sure there will be some dude dressed up as the oily guy from that island nation
in a grass skirt for Halloween, and would guess something will incorporate that into their running “costume” on Marathon Day, too.
I’ve run alongside a juggling marathoner- he was far less annoying than the guy who bounced a basketball for the entire 26.2 miles.
That guy needed a beatdown.
I try to imagine how annoying he was as a child.
I’ll leave you with a few other thoughts and ideas.
First, here is my post from last year- The best and worst places to watch the marathon:
Then, a few ideas of signs to make, which runners really appreciate.
- Anything related to the election.
I have to imagine that writing something funny or positive about Trump will get a laugh, a smile, or may even motivate some runners to pick up their speed.
“You’re a Bad Hombre” might get a laugh.
If you’re feeling really inspired, perhaps you can go to one of the remaining copy shops in town and print a huge Trump head and put it on a stick.
Or put it on a posterboard and put a runner’s body below.
- “Your Feet Hurt Because You’re Kicking so much Butt” – this is my favorite sign.
We need more of these on the course.
- Anything motivational related to alcohol, such as “Only ___ Miles to Beer”
or “FREE BEER HERE” – you don’t actually have to provide beer, though some might be looking for it, depending on where you are on the course.
- Anything Hamilton-themed will get me excited.
Feel free to mine the lyrics to your heart’s content and put them on a sign.
I am quite sure that you’ll have at least a handful of runners who get your joke, if you make it esoteric enough.
Thank you in advance for getting out there and cheering for everyone.
You deserve a little inspiration, and the runners deserve the love!