NYC Marathon Runs Through Long Island City Queens
Long Island City / November 2nd, 2008 / NYC Marathon in Queens / Queens Buzz. On a beautiful sunny cool Sunday - perfect running weather - the NYC Marathon wound its way through the Long Island City [LIC] neighborhood of Queens. The race started on Staten Island in waves at 7.30 am beginning with the handicapped who used various types of cycles to move themselves through 26.2 miles of the course. The photo to your right shows one of the cycle riders coming through the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens during the 2008 NYC Marathon.
The second wave was comprised of women, who like the men, came in packs as well as staggered lines of single runners. You could see the effort on many of their faces, but surprisingly, many also seemed to be moving along the course without a lot of strain. Along the Long Island City segment of the track, which is essentially the half way mark of the race, there was a rock band playing tunes across the street, pumping up the volume to encourage the runners along the course. A few blocks away there was a watering place where volunteers were handing out water cups to the runners just before they headed up along the Queens Borough Bridge.
American Runners' Performance In The NYC Marathon
Americans did better this year than they have since 1982, placing four men in the top ten, and our own Kara Goucher in third place in the womens contest. As noted in the earlier portion of this article, the winners were repeats with Gomes Dos Santos and Radcliffe winning the top prizes.
NYC Marathon In Long Island City Queens
Race participants worked their way through our borough where a live band had set up to play. There was a water station set up near the Queensboro Bridge and crowds lined the streets down along 44th Drive, Vernon Blvd and 21st Street, all in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.
New York City Marathon Course And Times
As mentioned above, the New York City Marathon started at 7.30 am in Staten Island. It crossed the Verranzano Bridge into Brooklyn, then wound up along the East River through the streets of Brooklyn and onto the saintly land we call home ... and Queens County. The course flows across the Newton Creek and onto Vernon Blvd before crossing the East River by way of the Queensboro Bridge and into Manhattan. The course finally winds up along the east side into the Bronx before coming back down into Manhattan along Fifth Avenue, into Central Park near Columbus Circle where it ends. The race was expected to be completed by 2 pm for most runners. For more info on the NYC Marathon and its course click this link to the New York Marathon website
NYC Marathon In Long Island City / LIC / Queens
Click the following links to view prior reports about the NYC Marathon. These reports include photos as well as some of the history of the NYC Marathon. Click here for the NYC Marathon in Queens 2010, NYC Marathon in LIC in 2009, NYC Marathon in Queens photos in 2009, NYC Marathon in Long Island City in 2008 with photos.
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