Is New York City ready to host its annual marathon?? The much anticipated race, across the five boroughs of NYC, will take place this upcoming Sunday, November 3rd. The race was established 49 years ago, in 1970. It has been held every year since then, except in 2012 when it was cancelled due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Famed as the largest marathon in the world, in 2018 there were 52,812 finishers and there were an overwhelming 98,247 applicants for the 2017 race.
Last year, the winner for the men’s open was Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, with a record time of 2:05:59. The women’s open winner in 2018 was Mary Keitany, with a time of 2:22:48. There were a world record number of finishers for the 26.2-mile marathon, with 30,669 men and 22,143 women runners successfully completing the race. Even more importantly, everyone was a winner, because $45 million was raised for charity in the 2018 race, with roughly 10,000 charity runners. There was $8.6 million raised by NYRR Team for Kids.
This year, runners will be coming from 129 countries around the globe. Numerous celebrities will be running, including: Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba supporting Stand Up to Cancer, Melrose Place’s Andrew Shue, House of Cards’s Paul Sparks supporting Arts in the Armed Forces, The Bachelorette’s Tyler Cameron supporting ABC Food Tours, The Bachelorette’s Andi Dorfman supporting Girls on the Run, Good Morning America’s co-host Amy Robach supporting NYRR Team for Kids. Also, all four defending champions are returning this year for another run at the New York City Marathon, namely: Mary Keitany, Lelisa Desisa, Manuela Schar and Daniel Romanchuk.
Runners get to tour the diverse neighborhoods of New York City, crossing through each of the five boroughs, experiencing uphill, downhills, fabulous skylines, and crowds of cheering spectators. The first group of runners, namely the wheelchair division, will begin at 8:30. The fourth and final wave of runners will start at 11 a.m.
Due to the race’s prodigious popularity, coveted positions as runners in the race are chosen largely by a lottery system. Guaranteed entry to the marathon can be attained by meeting the requirements of the 9+1 program or the 9+$1K program, in which NYRR members run in nine sponsored races and either volunteer at another event or donate $1,000 to support NYRR programs for young athletes. Alternatively, entry is guaranteed for those who have already completed 15+ previous NYC Marathons, or those who meet time qualification standards, or by joining a team to raise funds for one of the charities. The world’s top professional athletes come to run in the NYC marathon, as well as runners of all ages and abilities.
The Marathon was founded by Fred Lebow, with help planning the course from runner Ted Corbitt. The marathon is the primary event organized by New York Road Runners, the world’s premier community running organization. The non-profit, founded in 1958, aims to assist and inspire people through running. The organization has an app on which speculators can follow the race, and family members can track their runners’ progress. It also helps keep up with the week-long events, beginning on Monday, and leading up to the race. For example, on Friday, there will be a NYC Running History Tour at the NYRR RUNCENTER in Manhattan’s 57th street.
There will be numerous live events and talks, including “Women Who Win: Top Runners Who Have Transformed Their Sport”. The event features two-time U.S. 5,000 meter champ Lauren Fleshman, and Alysia Montaño, the decorated mid-distance runner who helped bring industrywide change in maternity rights for professional athletes. On Sunday morning, the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational also takes place at the TCS New York City Marathon. It is a race within Central Park that ends at the marathon finish line.
More than one million spectators and 10,000 volunteers line the city’s streets to support the runners, and millions more watch on television. Spectators can watch on ABC7, online, or live anywhere along the route. The best place to watch from would arguably be at Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue, or Central Park for the grand finale. There will be a lively crowd celebrating and cheering on the runners at most parts of the marathon.
The 26.2-mile marathon will begin in Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island. As per Runners World, miles 1 and 2 will be in Staten Island, with the first mile being uphill and the second downhill. The route crosses the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. The bulk of the race (11 miles) is in Brooklyn –miles 3 through 12 of the race- mostly along Fourth Avenue and Bedford Avenue. Runners will cross many different neighborhoods including Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint. The half marathon mark will be crossed in Brooklyn. Then on to Queens, for miles 13-15 in Long Island City and on to cross the Queensboro Bridge.
Next, runners will reach the first part of Manhattan for miles 16 to 18 onto First Avenue, heading north through the Upper East Side and Harlem. Miles 19 and 20 are in the Bronx, via the Willis Avenue Bridge. Bands and dancers will be at the Entertainment Zone at 139th and Morris Avenue in the Bronx. Finally, runners will end up back in Manhattan for miles 21 through 26.2, over the Madison Avenue bridge, down Fifth Avenue and through Central Park, finishing off at the park’s southwestern end. There, the metals will be awarded, runners will receive a recovery bag, and will head to their family reunions and celebrations.
The official times are recorded by a computer chip attached to the back of the runner’s bib numbers, which calculate when a runner crosses the start and then the finish, known as “net time”.
As reported by Curbed NY, the marathon will cause multiple street closures, route changes and public transit disruptions across the five boroughs. There will be lane closures on the Queensboro, Verrazzano, the Pulaski bridges, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Madison Avenue, to name a few. The website at https://help.tcsnycmarathon.org includes the full list of street closures with expected times.
The MTA usually releases a subway map especially made with marathon pointers, including the best stops for major viewing locations. The MTA’s Weekender site will have this information online by Sunday. City bus routes usually experience major changes and added volume, as well.
By Ilana Siyance
9-year-old genius to graduate university
(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.
Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.
Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.
He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.
His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.
“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.
Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.
While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.
But Lydia has her own theory.
“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.
The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.
“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.
“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”
Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”
Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”
His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.
“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.
“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”
While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”
Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.
However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.
In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.
Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.
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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem
Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.
The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.
Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.
🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: on 11/6 at approx 3:43 PM in front of 128 West 112th St in Manhattan, a 32 yr old male was walking with his 8 yr old son when a white BMW jumped the curb & hit the father & son. The driver then got out and slashed the father. Call @NYPDTips with any info. pic.twitter.com/cwd79rcM4c
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 15, 2019
Father and son were both knocked through a gate.
The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.
One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.
McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.
McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.
Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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