Greetings readers! It is I, THE RIDE! By the time you read this, I fear the worst may have happened, and those of you who entered the lottery to get into the New York City Marathon did not get a spot. Since I was just a wee short-bus, I used to watch the runners in the marathon every year. It was astonishing, the sheer amount of people willing to run 26.2 miles. I always thought, “Why don’t they just put some wheels on and roll like me?” (As you know it’s much more efficient that way.)
The New York City Marathon is actually the largest marathon in the world with around 50,000 finishers. It looks almost like a river flowing through the streets of the city. It all started in 1970 with only 127 competitors running laps around Central Park. Since then it has slowly grown into the massive affair visiting all five boroughs. The only time in the history of the marathon that it has ever been called off, was during Hurricane Sandy, for obvious reasons. Reason that you should all be familiar with considering my blog earlier this week.
I love the New York City Marathon for so many reasons. The competitive yet inclusive atmosphere is one of them. Back in 1994, the two frontrunners (no pun intended) were neck and neck. About a half mile from the finish line, one of them followed a police car and took a wrong turn. We all thought it was over for the man affectionately known as “Wrong Way Silva.” Imagine running 26 miles with your nemesis only to take a wrong turn before the finish line. When he realized his mistake, Silva retraced his steps, caught his opponent, and won the race. The spectators went wild.
My other favorite moment happened in 2009 when Meb Keflezighi won the race. Before he ran to victory, it had been 27 years since an American had crossed the finish line first. This was a very special moment for all of us Americans. There was a lot of hand holding and tears after that one. I hope that in your travels you get to see the New York City Marathon first hand. It is truly a spectacular event. All of this writing has inspired me to get back in shape. I’m going to put my racing tires on and go for a spin! THE RIDE out.