Tavern on the Green in Central Park
The marathon race begins on Staten Island, in Fort Wadsworth, near the approach to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. After descending the bridge, the course winds through Brooklyn, mostly along Fourth Avenue and Bedford Avenue, for approximately the next 11 miles (18 km). Runners pass through a variety of neighborhoods, including: Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint.At 13.1 miles (21.1 km), runners cross the Pulaski Bridge, marking the halfway point of the race and the entrance into Long Island City, Queens.
After about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) in Queens, runners cross the East River via the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan. It is at this point in the race when many runners begin to tire, as the climb up the bridge is considered one of the most difficult points in the marathon.Reaching Manhattan after about 16 miles (26 km), the race proceeds north on First Avenue, then crosses briefly into The Bronx via the Willis Avenue Bridge for a mile before returning into Manhattan via the Madison Avenue Bridge. It then proceeds south through Harlem down Fifth Avenue and into Central Park. At the southern end of the park, the race proceeds across Central Park South, where thousands of spectators cheer runners on during the last mile. At Columbus Circle, the race re-enters the park and finishes outside Tavern on the Green.
The New York Marathon was established in 1970 by Vince Chaipetta and Fred Lebow but was held exclusively within the compounds of Central Park.The first race consisted of over 127 registries, of which only 55 men completed by crossing the finish line, and the one female who entered, didn’t make it due to illness along the path.Winners of the first marathon were given recycled bowling and baseball trophies along with cheap wristwatches as prizes.The official entry amount for the first marathon was just $1 and the event itself had a budget of just $1000. In 2012, the marathon was canceled due to the enormous destruction of Storm Sandy. In November, however, thousands of runners joined to show their support by running through Central Park and Staten Island, to bring attention to the needs of those suffering through the effects of the storm.
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