October 28, 2009
With each year comes new technology and this one is no exception. Here are some highlights from Race Scoring:
Athlete Alert – E-mail alerts sent to the subscriber’s address that enables family/friends to select up to four runners and receive updates on their progress from the course. Registration is now open at ingnycmarathon.org and will also be available at the Expo.
Race Day Tracker – web tracking program that enables family/friends to select up to five runners at ingnycmarathon.org and see their progress on the course with live updates of splits and an interactive map. Available on race day only; no pre-registration required.
ChronoTrack & D-Tag – all runners will be timed by the ChronoTrack System. This system utilizes a single-use RFID D-Tag that each runner must wear on their shoe. This disposable D-Tag needs to be attached correctly, so please go through the instructions that are included in your runner packet!
Additional Splits – we will be timing all runners at the start and finish, each 5km mark, half-marathon and new for this year, the last half-marathon of miles. This means that miles 14 & 15 have been added for this year.
Over one million times! – With the additional splits and an expected 42,000 starters, we will be providing each runner with 24 times; that means we will process over 1 million times on race day!
I’m very excited about the technology we are utilizing for this year’s race, which will be the largest marathon in history. Our goal in race scoring is, “Every runner, every time” and we are striving to achieve that.
October 21, 2009
I went running in Central Park well before dawn this morning, which isn’t as impressive as it sounds with sunrise at 7:15 these days. Anyway, it was dark, pitch dark, but the roadways and the Reservoir path were packed. Some folks were plodding, but plenty were hammering. With the marathon just 12 days away, now’s the time to get in those final speed workouts, hill repeats, and tempo runs.
It was a great morning to run. Crisp but not nippy, breezy but not gusty, pretty sunrise (finally). I’m sure not everyone out there was a marathon entrant, but the energy was all about this great event coming up just a week from Sunday.
As my training partner and I jogged home after our mile repeats, I remarked that it was a shame that the week after the marathon, when Standard Time resumes, it’ll be glorious daylight an hour earlier—but the marathoners won’t enjoy it—they’ll be taking their downtime. But when I thought about it, I realized there was something very bonding about the energy of the park this morning, shrouded in darkness. Everything looked so calm, but beneath the surface…vroooooommmm!
October 19, 2009
Greeting from Hunts Point, all of us here at the NYRR Warehouse hope that your training for the 2009 ING New York City Marathon is going well. We are currently in the early stage of marathon execution (editor’s note: this is posted is two weeks late. Mea culpa.) That’s right, we are already working toward this fantastic event. Sure we still have some planning to finalize but we have already begun getting equipment and signs ready for the race. Today for example we are checking through the cots used at each medical station. We want to make sure they are clean and serviceable; additionally we want to make sure we have enough for all the aid stations.
Of course we also continue to plan and execute other events.
I could go on at great length and in detail here but I should get back to work. Besides, our web master & championship softball coach is pretty busy too…and he so graciously edits my ramblings (another tough task). For all you Scarlet & Belle fans, they are both still here and doing well.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you all on November 1.
October 16, 2009
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October 6, 2009
They’ve begun. Every weekday from now until October 30, get the tips, info, and advice you need to succeed in the ING New York City Marathon.
Yup, it’s less than a month away.