Sunday November 3rd marks the 49th annual New York City Marathon. Thousands of road runners will make their way to the city to take part in the famed 26.2 mile race that covers all five boroughs of Manhattan. Last year, over 52,000 runners from more than 120 different countries finished the race to raise $40 million for charity. Whether you’re taking part in this year’s challenge, supporting a runner or simply want to take advantage of the events leading up to this year’s race during your stay at one of the five-star hotels in New York, here are our favorite things to do in the week up to the big event.
Experienced marathon runners are familiar with the recommended pre-race eating regime, which usually includes incorporating more carbohydrate-rich foods into your daily meals as early as five days before the big race, and really loading up on the carbs starting two days before. Whether you’re running in this year’s marathon or not, take part in the tradition by finding some of the best carbohydrates the city has to offer! For breakfast, try the einkorn pancakes at Union Square’s abcV (with a side of eggs for extra protein if you’re gearing up for the race). This alternative, ancient grain is nutty and rich in flavor while full of healthy, hearty carbohydrates. Come lunchtime, head to Italian staple Alidoro’s in SoHo for one of their beloved specialty sandwiches (most of which come with generous portions of quality Italian meats). For dinner, start with the mouthwatering spaghetti and clams from Bar Primi, and close out the night with their chicken al limone for extra protein.
Visit the NYRR RUNCENTER
The mission of the New York Road Runners Runcenter is to inspire the immediate community (including NYC visitors) to explore the city’s parks and streets by foot. Want to find your next favorite pair of running shoes or running wear? Check out the New Balance Run Hub to see the newest technology in running gear. Or perhaps you’re curious to try a new fitness class? All of the Runcenter’s classes and events are free of charge and built specifically to support the runner’s body and lifestyle. There are even lockers available to store your belongings so you can head out for a run in one of New York’s beautiful parks or running paths.