As I was running up the Ben Franklin Bridge this morning during the Copper Norcross 10k Bridge Run (on a steller fall day-Monica and LDF Heidi pictured with bridge), all I could think about were those running the NYC Marathon today. That bridge during the marathon at mile 15 stands out in my mind. I kept thinking…I only had to run 6.2 miles to complete this race, not 26.2. This local race was sold out this morning with a field of 4000 runners and 1000 walkers. It starts with an up and back over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (not too steep, offering a grand view from the peak) and continues on through the streets of Camden with a finish in Campbell Field (home of the minor league baseball team the Camden Riversharks). I loved the last stretch on the grass into the stadium. This is a fun one if you are in the area. It makes a nice homage to the NYC Marathon runners.
Today is lottery sign up day for the 2011 NYC Marathon for those who would like to try their luck. I heard during yesterdays broadcast of the race that 102,000 people entered the lottery last year. I want to remind runners (especially the 40+ set: Women: 3:38:00 Marathon 1:44:00 Half Marathon) that you can qualify to enter the marathon with either a full or a half-marathon time.
This is from the ING NYC Marathon website:
You must have met the appropriate qualifying time between January 1, 2010 and January 31, 2011 (2011 NYC Half-Marathon and Boston Marathon 2011 times will also be accepted, provided you applied by the April 30, 2011 deadline). Include the race name and date with your application. Please contact us via email at email@example.com if you qualify.
Congratulations to all NYC Marathon Finishers…It was a great day for a run!