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ING New York City Marathon November 2007 Report
The New York Marathon 2007 is often regarded as one of the world’s great road races. The actual race course runs through the five New York from Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan, finishing in the historic Central Park. The marathon is open to all: amateur and professional athletes alike, individual and group runners, local and international marathoners.
What makes the ING New York City Marathon different from other world marathons?
Race Date: Nov 14, 2007
Course Closing Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
City: New York
Fees: $97 (USD)
Participants Capacity: 38,000 (90,000 applicants)
Spectators: 315 million worldwide television viewers
Runners Started: 38,000
Runners Finished: 38,000
Winner: Martin Lel (Kenya) (2 hours, 09 minutes, 04 seconds)
Race result: http://www.nycmarathon.org/results/index.php
Race Video: http://nymarathon.mediazone.com/US/NYMarathon/index.html
Let us count the ways. First of all, this marathon calls to about 90,000 applicants, comprising of amateur and professional athletes – with divisions for locals, pro men, pro women and wheelers. Secondly, it is also one of the most publicized racing events in the world, attracting more than two million cheering spectators on site, and more than 315 million worldwide television viewers. Of course, the $600,000 pot money isn’t too bad, considering.
Often regarded as one of the world’s great road races and the model marathon to emulate on the global scene, the ING New York City Marathon encompasses the major streets of the city’s five boroughs, namely: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. This course was originally proposed in 1976, and has since united dozens of culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Marathoners have to subsequently cross five bridges before crossing the finish line at the Tavern on the Green in Central Park.
Like most modern marathons, the ING New York Marathon sponsors various charities. The people behind the run are called NYRR or New York Road Runners, and their mission statement is: “committing to changing the world for the better through running and fitness.” This year, the list of charities includes: Fred’s Team and Team for Kids. Fred’s Team is comprised of amateur and professional runners who are trying to raise awareness and funds on cancer research. Team for Kids is an international community of adult runners who raise funds for NYRR Foundation, the youth services arm of NYRR. The ING New York Marathon 2007 also welcomes charity partners.
Another way that the ING New York Marathon defines itself from other marathons by offering training programs from prior to the actual run. There are running classes wherein anyone can sign up for. Neophytes and more advanced runners can train with their fellow marathoners under the tutelage of experienced coaches. The training program includes week-day mileage and a host of physical workouts that could help the marathoner improve his or her pacing, running economy, strength and speed. Practice runs include farther runs, hills, intervals and tempo runs.
But just in case physically training in New York is not a viable option at the moment, NYRR is also offering an E-Training program on its website. This program offers a day-by-day training which can be personalized accordingly to your experience level.
The New York Marathon 2007 had 39,365 marathoners at the starting point; among those were 26,525 men and 12,740 women. Finishers totaled to 38,607 marathoners, with 26,072 men and 12,535 women.
The top five winners in the men’s division are as follows: Martin Lel from Kenya, finishing the course at 2:09:04; Abderrahim Gourmi, Morocco, 2:09:16; Hendrick Ramaala, South Africa, 2:11:25; Stefano Baldini, Italy, 2:11:58; and James Kwambai, Kenya, 2:12:25.
The top five winners in the women’s division are as follows: Paula Radcliffe from Great Britain, finishing the course at 2:23:09; Gete Wami, Ethiopia, 2:23:32; Jelena Prokopcka, Latvia, 2:26:13; Lidiya Grigoryeva, Russia, 2:28:37; and Catherine Ndereba, Kenya, 2:29:08.
The top five winners in the wheelchair division are as follows: Kurt Fearnley, 26 years old from Australia; Krige Schabort, 44, Georgia; Masazumi Soejima, 37, Japan; Saul Mendoza, 40, Texas; and Aaron Gordian, 43, Colombia.
The top five winners in the hand cycle category are as follows: Alejandro Albor, 43, ATC, CA; Edward Maalouf, 38, ATC, LIB; Arkadiusz Skrzypinski, 32, ATC, POL; Alessandro Zanardi, 41, ITA; and Keane West, 39, ATC, FL.