NYC Marathon 2011 was incredible! The best! We watched on 4th ave in Brooklyn, then got on the subway and scooted uptown to watch on 5th ave in Manhattan (amazing geography of fourth and fifth being very far apart). It was a beautiful day to be outside and people watch, and then wander through central park and then see finnishers wrapped in space blankets spill out into the streets. Going home, I’ve never had a friendlier crowded subway ride, everyone congratulating each other, talking about their times and their travels.
(Jamie and Elon with their encouraging sign)
The thing that’s hard is explaining why the marathon is so great, though. My friend Ryan asked what it was that made the marathon inspiring, and I wrote back to him saying:
I don’t know how to explain just how amazing the marathon is. I never thought I would care until it ran by my house the first year I lived here and I just got all teary. I think it’s something about athleticism without sports stardom, about the collectivity of doing a thing, the way the city really changes to let this thing happen…and then add to that the people you know who are running (and have been training forever), and the blind runners and the guides to the blind runners…It’s all kinds of outstanding. It doesn’t make any sense, but it is.
Do any of you have a better way to explain why you love the Marathon?