The TCS New York City Marathon is the zenith. The race we all want in our running log. The one we’ll never forget. And you can be there on the start line with 50,000 other running aficionados on Sunday 5 November 2017 for the dream autumn date.
Charlie Chaplin put it simply: “The glamour of it all! New York! America!” But the best-loved British import to the USA nailed it. New York is a mythical city – cosmopolitan is a word that hardly does justice to the sheer range of experiences available in the place they call the Big Apple but if you add turbo-charged, electrifying, breathtaking, theatrical and sensational, you’re maybe getting half way there.
New York is special and it’s home to a special event – the TCS New York City Marathon, the greatest race in the world. Each November 50,000 runners from across the planet make a pilgrimage to America’s most famous city to be part of the unrivaled action.
We spoke to a race veteran to tell us why New York is No.1. Sports journalist Chris Broadbent told us:
“The greatest marathon on the planet?Perhaps. The fastest? Maybe not. The most inspirational? Almost certainly.” “It’s an epic journey covering the city’s five boroughs, the race attracts an enormous crowd of around two million spectators – the majority of whom enjoy the day in fully fledged party mode. Always an event with a strong sense of heritage, its stock rose only further after the tragedy of 9/11 when the marathon came to symbolise the defiance of the famous city.”
“Thousands of British runners descend on New York for the event which has been staged annually since 1970. And for those who secure a coveted place on Sunday 5 November 2017 they are set for one of the loudest, most atmospheric and awe inspiring experiences of their running life. I know, I have raced it. Once you have run the New York Marathon, nothing else quite compares. “I’d liken the experience to being a strange mix of feeling like you are running in the Olympics, at the Glastonbury Festival and on the Jerry Springer Show.”
“It’s spine-tinglingly special with a course that cannot fail to inspire, it’s loud with bands galore booming throughout and the crowd are well, ever so slightly nuts!”
Thousands of runners in recent years will agree with Chris’s view and advise you to put New York right at the top of your bucket list. And if you plan to do it, you gotta do it right. That’s where we come in.
Here at Sports Tours International we’ve been taking parties of runners to New York for over 20 years and we’ve built up an in-depth knowledge of what makes the perfect trip. Our Sales Executive Simon Monks sums up what is on offer: “Our package is comprehensive. Firstly, you need a great base and the range of great hotels in central Manhattan; we offer suit every taste from top value to super luxurious. We also take care of those all-important transfers – to and from the airport and start and finish on race day. Our staff are on hand round the clock to offer advice, sort out problems and just generally smooth things out so that you can concentrate on the key things like running a great race and relaxing and enjoying a brilliant city.
Something we always notice is that the our groups provide lots of support to each other – offering advice about bars and restaurants, sharing views on race tactics or on nutrition. There’s a great buzz around the hotels we use and
that reaches fever-pitch on race day, both before and after.
One specific tip – wear your medal when you hit the town on Sunday night. New Yorkers love their marathoners and won’t be slow to show their appreciation of your efforts. And don’t miss our own ‘Heroes Party’ where you can celebrate with your new friends and share stories of the your 26.2 mile adventure.
What are you waiting for? The greatest city in the world is calling your name! We have places available for this Blue Riband event, but we are down to just a few! So don’t delay get online now and book your place and run the race of a lifetime.