Boutique Hotel Nearby New York City Marathon
If you’re participating in this year’s New York City Marathon—or coming to support somebody who is—we invite you to stay with us here at the Edge Hotel in Washington Heights. We’re convenient to the iconic course and offer some of Manhattan’s finest boutique hospitality: just the thing for the big event, which falls—as always—the first Sunday of November.
The New York City Marathon: One of the World’s Great Races
Started in 1970 by Fred Lebow, the New York City Marathon is the world’s biggest: Last year’s edition saw nearly 53,000 finishers. It’s among the elite World Marathon Majors alongside the Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, and Chicago marathons, and certainly one of the high points of the Big Apple’s sporting year.
Since the mid-1970s, the 26.2-mile-long course has threaded its way through all five boroughs of New York City. The starting point is Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island and the finish line in Central Park. Along the way are several of the city’s great spans: the Verrazzano-Narrows, Pulaski, Queensboro, Willis Avenue, and Madison Avenue bridges.
The average finish time for the 2018 New York City Marathon was four hours, 40 minutes, and 22 seconds. The fastest finishes in the race’s history are two hours, five minutes, and five seconds—achieved in 2011 by Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai, whose even speedier completion of the Boston Marathon that same year counts as the fastest-ever marathon run—and, on the women’s side, two hours, 22 minutes, and 31 seconds, the 2003 time of Margaret Okayo, also of Kenya.
Tips for Running the New York City Marathon
Last year, the New York Road Runners—the venerable organization responsible for putting on the New York City Marathon—posted an article summarizing some concrete advice on completing the marathon from those who’ve done it. We urge you to read the whole thing, but we thought we’d relay a couple of the tips here.
In the article, several of the marathon veterans warn against running too fast too early, instead saving your energy for such challenges as the Verrazzano and Queensboro bridges and the hills of Central Park. Marnie Kunz, meanwhile, urges runners to soak up the experience, first and foremost. “This is New York City’s biggest block party and celebration of running,” Kunz writes, “and it’s the most epic marathon experience to take in, so revel in it!”
Book Your Edge Hotel Accommodations for the 2019 New York City Marathon
We’d love to host you here at the Edge Hotel if you’re running or attending the New York City Marathon coming up November 3rd. You’ll appreciate our proximity, our boutique ambience, and our warmhearted service. If you’re participating, meanwhile, we wish you the very best of luck!