Running Down A Dream calls out a pair of New York Times articles on half-marathons in Half Marathons are So Hot Right Now. You can find the NYT articles here and here.
I'll be running in the NYC Half this weekend. Here's what I have to look forward to:
At the Start, runners and spectators will hear the singing of the national anthem.
NIKE Sponge Station - (Seventh Avenue btw 54th-55th Streets)
Stay cool at the Nike sponge station.
Times Square Sing-A-Long - (Eastside of Broadway and 44th Street)
At 44th street and Broadway, spectators and runners alike will have the opportunity to sing along with Broadway performers as they belt out favorite classic songs. Don’t worry about forgetting the lyrics; they’ll be displayed on a giant video screen that will also feature a live runner cam.
Who: Broadway performers Catherine Porter, Ben Roseberry, Susan Spencer and Matthew Stocke along with over 10,000 runners running through Times Square
What: Sing-a-long to all-time favorite songs. The playlist includes classics like “Uptown Girl,” “I Will Survive,” “Born To Run,” and “Dancing in The Streets.” Plus 40 other songs!
Where: On the eastern sidewalk of Broadway at 44th Street (near Toys R Us)
Date: Sunday, July 27th, 7:30 a.m.: Arrive on location to get a spot to watch the video screen; 7:35 a.m.: (Approximate) Elite Runners race through Times Square; watch it on the big screen! 7:45 a.m.: Sing-a-along begins as the packs of runners begin to stream through Times Square!
Toyota Hybrid Turn to the Finish (42nd Street and the West Side Highway)
Samba New York!
This visual and musical attraction zone, set on a stage parallel to the West Side Highway, will dazzle runners and spectators with a colorful display of traditional Brazilian costumes, dancing, and capoeira. Inspired by the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro and adapted to the setting of New York City, this performance company puts on shows that offer the exhilaration of Rio Carnival. Race marshals will be distributing Toyota cheersticks all along the course to help you cheer the runners on!
NIKE Downtown Cheering Zone — (West Side Highway and Harrison Street)
This zone will feature DJ entertainment, fresh waffles, spectator kits, and more!
(8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Enjoy post-race amenities including free Jamba Juice product samples, Nike+ shoe trials, and the Toyota Engines of Change experience. At 9:45 a.m., catch the awards ceremony and raffle prize announcements on the main stage celebrating the top 10 male and female finishers!
I'm not sure which is more exciting: the NIKE sponge station or the Toyota Hybrid Turn to the Finish.....
With this weekend's race and the Queens half-marathon in September (which I'm hoping to run with my friend Jordi), I will have run the 9 races I need to qualify for the 2009 New York City Marathon; still open, of course, is this year's new requirement to volunteer at a race as part of the qualification process.