Re: NYC Marathon

Posted by bodhipooh on 2018/10/29 13:03:48
A close friend from Queens had the same experience: she chose the SI ferry, instead of getting a ride to the start line, and by the time she made it to Fort Wadsworth, she was frazzled, tired, and all around drained. The SI ferry / shuttle option was a shitshow (apparently, the shuttle portion is super chaotic and you end up standing in line for a long time) and she was required/forced to be there so early, that she ended up spending upwards of two hours in the Start Village doing nothing but shivering while waiting in low temperatures. NYRR is excellent at putting on races, but the Marathon start (and, to some extent, the finish area) is a clusterf*ck that can mar the experience for many people.

I would offer the OP a ride, but we already have a full car for Sunday morning. I would suggest posting on, as someone there may be driving and have room, or maybe looking for the same. Also, check with the local meetup group "JC Runners".


jsh278 wrote:
I second this advice. The WORST thing you can do on race day is take the ferry to the start village. I made that mistake one year and ended up expelling so much energy navigating to the ferry, then being herded with thousands of other runners from the ferry to buses, standing in line, standing on the bus. It took way too much time and energy. If you're running 26.2 miles that day, do yourself a favor, and take a cab. Or get a hotel room near the start line and spend the night. Whatever you do, don't take the ferry. You'll end up feeling depleted before you even start the race.


bodhipooh wrote:

ladybert wrote:
I would recommend switching to the SI ferry option if you can.

This is bad advice, for two reasons:
- transportation selection is already closed, and has been for quite some time, and
- travel time via SI ferry (plus the shuttle from the SI terminal to the drop off point at Fort Wadsworth) is 90 minutes (minimum) and very chaotic, while the Metlife bus option is an hour, or less.

My advice, from having done this six times already, is to drive to the start line. That requires someone dropping you off, or riding an Uber or Lyft. If you leave JC by 7:45, you will be at the drop off point between 8:15 and 8:30. First wave takes off at 9:50, so those corrals will close around 9, so you would have at least 30 minutes to walk through the start village until you find your corral, assuming you are in the first wave. If you have a later wave, then adjust accordingly. If you are planning to do a bag drop (you really shouldn’t!) then allow additional time for that, as the village is chaotic and the bag drop area is far from the corrals. Also, another tip, don’t waste time standing in line to use the porta-potties. There are a ton of them inside the corrals and then some more on the way to the start line. A ton of first timers make that mistake and end up missing their assigned time as the corrals close so early. ... ansportation-to-the-start

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