Saturday, March 19, 2011

2011 NYC Half Marathon - Sunday! - RESULTS, Runner Tracking, Course, Elite Competitors, More

Runners get to take over the streets of Manhattan Sunday in the NYC Half Marathon, and middle-of-the-pack runners will be running the course along with elite athletes from around the world (more on them later). The race starts at 7:30 a.m. Here are some links for more information:
(UPDATE: NYC Half Marathon results now available here.)

NYC Half Marathon course map: The NYC Half begins on the Upper East Side in Central Park and makes a complete outer loop of the park, then goes down Seventh Avenue to Times Square, then along the Hudson River waterfront, and then to Lower Manhattan, near the financial district. (The page also details Manhattan road closures for the race.)

* Watch it online: You can follow the NYC Half live (and also on demand) at the NY Road Runners Club's new online TV channel.

* NYC Half Marathon runner tracking: There are three ways to track individual runners during the race, online, via e-mail, and via text message; see details at the link.

* Elite runners: There are quite a few elite runners from around the world running in the NYC Half Marathon. On the men's side, there are Americans Ryan Hall (the U.S. half-marathon record holder) and 2009 NYC Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi, as well as 2010 NYC Marathon champion Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and Mo Farah of Great Britain, the 2010 European champion at 10,000 and 5,000 meters.

Elite runners in the women's field include U.S. Olympian Kara Goucher, Yuri Kano of Japan, and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, the 2010 winner of both the NYC Marathon and the L.A. Marathon.

This will be a great race for runners and spectators, and the temperatures will be cool Sunday morning and ideal weather for distance running. Good luck to all participants!

2011 L.A. Marathon - Runner Tracking, Course Map, Parking, & More

[See information on the 2013 Los Angeles Marathon here.]
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The 2011 Honda L.A. Marathon takes place tomorrow, March 20th, and here are links to key information:

Runner tracking: Keep up with friends or family members on the L.A. Marathon course with this tracking feature, which will send out updates as runners cross certain points in the race

Course maps: Includes a printable version of the course map (with elevation profile), a detailed street map, and turn-by-turn directions.

FAQs: Check the frequently asked questions for details on start times, bag check, location of fluid stations, and more.

L.A. Marathon parking and shuttles: Parking and driving can be thorny issues in Los Angeles even on regular days, so make sure you read these instructions. Runners should park near the finish line in Santa Monica (see how to reserve a spot) and take a shuttle bus to the starting line at Dodger Stadium.

Race results: You'll find last year's results at this link; this year's L.A. Marathon race results may or may not be posted here, but this is a good first place to check. (I'll post a direct results link if I come across one.)

Social media: For up-to-date details, you can follow the L.A. Marathon on Twitter and on Facebook.

The L.A. Marathon has an amazing course: it starts at Dodger Stadium and ends at the Santa Monica Pier, and in between runs through many L.A. neighborhoods, taking you past many iconic landmarks: the Capitol Records tower, Little Tokyo, the Dorothy Chandler Music Center, Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Troubadour and the Whiskey A Go Go, Rodeo Drive, and more.

Good luck to all runners!