Wednesday, January 23, 2013

NYCRuns Holds the First Central Park Marathon on Feb. 24th

The group that brought you the Brooklyn Marathon and many other races has another new event planned for next month: the inaugural Central Park Marathon and Half Marathon. Like the original running of the New York City Marathon, the race will take place entirely in the confines of Central Park.

Another new marathon grows in NYC: the Central Park Marathon.

The race, whose date had been in flux when it was first announced, is now set for Feb. 24th at 8 a.m. and a half marathon option had been added. The cost for the races is $85 for the full marathon and $60 for the half.

As the site notes, "The USATF Certified Boston Qualifying race will comprise 5 loops of the park crossing the 102nd St. transverse" for the marathon (you'll find a PDF of the map here). See the Half Marathon map here. It also says the race is capped at 1,500 runners (for the full marathon, I'd guess) but may be expanded.

Race goodies include a medal, a hoodie, and "the usual great NYCRUNS post-race meal." (Again, I'm guessing these are perks for doing the full marathon).

A February marathon in NYC is of course an iffy proposition in terms of weather, as this winter is already showing. But the inaugural Central Park Marathon should have no problem filling up. If you're interested in running it, you might want to act soon.

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