2014 New York City Marathon in Central Park

Watching the NYC Marathon in Central Park

Finish LineThe New York City Marathon has a very close relationship with Central Park. The original Marathon, run in 1970, took place entirely in the park.  Runners covered over four grueling loops of the park, including the daunting hills at the northern end, and out of the 127 that entered only 55 actually completed the course.  Now, after wending its way through all five boroughs, the race enters the park at E. 90th Street. and Fifth Ave. and, after a brief sprint outside along Central Park South, finishes at Tavern on the Green.

For spectators Central Park also offers one of the best places for watching the race.  While being cheered on by the over two million fans anywhere along the course is exhilarating and inspiring and few runners ever forget the thrill of running along First Avenue. in Manhattan and being urged on by the screaming throngs (especially the ones that have spent the afternoon in one of the many bars that line the avenue) it is along the last few miles inside the park that the encouragement is most appreciated.

As you might imagine the finish line is bit crowded and you actually have to purchase tickets to watch the runners cross the finish line.  However the east side of the park, from 90th Street. down, offers lots of great places to view the race and cheer on the runners.  There are just a few simple suggestions that might be worth remembering.

1)  Stay behind the barricades – they’re there for the runner’s protection as well as your own.  There is nothing quite as heartbreaking as getting to mile 24 only to trip over a spectator stepping out onto the park drive.

2)  Get an ETA if you’re waiting for a specific runner – you can usually predict with some degree of accuracy by taking the runner’s projected pace and multiply by the mile marker you’re nearest.

3)  What to bring – individually wrapped hard candy is a favorite, sugar helps even near the end, and you can make yourself extremely useful just by bringing a roll of paper towels and passing them out to runners as they go by.  After sweating and swilling water on the run for a few hours things can get pretty soggy.

4)  The New York Road Runner’s Club and the thousands of volunteers do a brilliant job helping runners reunite with friends and family.  Besides being proud and sore at the end of the race participants are HUNGRY.  A pat on the back is appreciated – a bag of Fritos and you’re a hero.

5)  If you can’t find the time to attend the race, or are not near enough, you can always follow your favorite runner’s progress over the internet.  You can track up to ten different runners on the New York Road Runners Website.  All you need is the number of the microchip that each runner wears on their shoe.  With that information you can tell every time the runner you’re tracking crosses over one of the mats along the route.

In any case it’s important to get out and give any support that you can – marathon runners spend many months training and, in some cases, travel from all over the world to participate in the New York Marathon.  You can miss brunch and NFL football one Sunday.  Especially if you’re a Jets fan.

Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden

Saturday, September 13, 2014

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

This event repeats every week on Saturday between 9/6/2014 and 10/25/2014.

Learn about the thousands of trees, flowers, shrubs, and perennials that decorate the Conservatory Garden from the horticulturalists who take care of this special place within the park. Route involves a few stairs.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Conservatory Garden in Central Park Manhattan

Directions to this location

Cost

Free

Contact Number

(212) 794-6564

Contact Email

tours@centralparknyc.org

2014 Central Park Film Festival

Movies have been shot in Central Park for over a century now (the first was “Romeo and Juliet” in 1908). So what better place to celebrate the world’s most iconic park? . . . → Read More: 2014 Central Park Film Festival

Ghetto Klown – John Leguizamo at Summerstage

An amazing night at Summerstage! Ghetto Klown is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s hugely popular personal and professional story. It follows in the unabashed, uncensored, and uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…a Love Story. In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, leading audiences on a fever-pitch adventure and heating up the stage with vivid accounts of where he’s been and the colorful characters who have populated his life. Leguizamo takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career during the outrageous 80s avant-garde theatre scene, and on to the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Leguizamo explains, “Ghetto Klown is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would NEVER want the general public to know. It’s cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. It’s like Wikileaks but with no international manhunt. Yet.”

John Leguizamo – Summerstage

JOHN LEGUIZAMO’S GHETTO KLOWN

Mon. 07/28 | 8:00PM – Mon. 07/28 | 10:00PM

EVENT DETAILS

This is a FREE show. Tickets are not required. Patrons will be admitted first come, first in, until the venue reaches capacity.

Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo, who has appeared in more than fifty films and was also seen on Nickelodeon series “The Brothers Garcia,” as well as on “ER” and “Miami Vice,” is also one of the nation’s most accomplished stage performers. “Ghetto Klown” is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s popular personal and professional story. It is his fifth one-man play, his third on Broadway, and follows in the uninhibited tradition of his “Mambo Mouth,” “Spic-O-Rama,” “Freak,” and “Sexaholix … a Love Story.” In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of the colorful characters that populate his life. He takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career and on to the sets of major motion pictures. Leguizamo explains, “Ghetto Klown” is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would never want the general public to know. It’s cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. It’s like Wiki leaks but with no international manhunt. Yet.”

 

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