Update 11/12/2018: On November 4, students and alumni across the Stern community joined a sea of more than 53,000 runners in a quest to complete one of the city’s most iconic fall events: the New York City Marathon. The 26.2-mile footrace began in Staten Island and passed through all five boroughs before ending in Central Park. Watched by more than one million specatators were 52,812 marathon runners who crossed the finish line on a rare and beautiful fall Sunday. The number of finishers is unprecedented and NYC Marathon set a worldwide record.
Mary Keitany of Kenya won for the fourth time this year, finishing the race at about 2 hours and 22 minutes, the second-fastest women’s time in marathon history. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men’s division, coming through the finish line at about 2 hours and 5 minutes. Previously, he won the Boston Marathon in 2015.
According to REI, marathon training generally requires a total of 12 to 20 committed weeks. The self-discipline and mental vigor of marathon runners instills automatic respect from onlookers. To think that there are so many Stern runners in our community is, indeed, inspiring.
The Stern Oppy caught up with several of Stern’s champions both before and after the race to hear their thoughts on tackling the New York City Marathon and what motivates them to take on the challenge. For those particularly curious like us, find their insider tips on how to stay on top of all the competing priorities while being an MBA candidate.
This November, students and alumni across the Stern community will join a sea of more than 50,000 runners in a quest to complete one of the city’s most iconic fall events: the New York City Marathon.
The 26.2 mile footrace begins in Staten Island and passes through all five boroughs before ending in Central Park. Get to know six of the Stern champions who are taking on the course this year for their very first time, and make plans to cheer for them on Sunday, November 4.
Before we get started, here are some pro tips for you cheering on the sidelines!
Pro-Tips for NYC Marathon Spectators on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2018
- Make noise. Bring something to help you get loud. Think cowbell or party horn.
- Track your runner. Download the free TCS New York City Marathon App. Enter runners’ names to map see they are in real time and find out when they’ll go by.
Get crafty. Running 26 miles hurts. Make a poster to cheer runners on.
Plan your travel. Many streets close down for the race. Preview the route online and plan ahead.
Make a day of it. Whether your thing is hot cocoa and curbside camper chair or a rooftop brunch party, invite your friends and get comfy. This might take a while.
Watch from home. Can’t get to the route? View the race live on ABC and ESPN from 9:10 AM to 2:00 PM.
View a complete guide for spectators online at tcsnycmarathon.org
Click on each image to find out more about their story and what motivates them to run!
Make sure to follow the post-Marathon coverage in our November 2018 print issue!