The New York City Marathon, much like other challenges we set for ourselves (think: NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo, and participating in democratic elections), is an opportunity for renewal, for proving that we have the perseverance, the intelligence, the guts to overcome personal doubts and obstacles.
The “No Parking” signs have been up for a few days. New York Police Department trucks have been setting up barricades along First Avenue. The route itself has changed a bit in the past few years. Former Mayor Bloomberg was instrumental in setting up bike lanes (alternatively thought of as the removal of affordable middle class parking spaces), and Citi Bikes. But today, I see that a long line of Citi Bikes have been deactivated. Just part of the prep.
People run from all over the world. People assist and/or watch from all over the world.
Best luck to all you runners! We’re with you. We’re all running some kind of marathon.
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