We are not runners. And yet, every November, as the marathoners race through the five boroughs of New York City, Sophia gets pangs to join them. It’s totally and utterly irrational – like so many of Sophia’s plans.
So despite being not-runners, we’ve decided to run the 2017 NYC Marathon. Will we enjoy it? Probably not. Will we start running marathons on the regular? Assuredly not. But it does seem like a sort of right-of-passage slash bucket-list item after having lived in New York City for so long. After all, it is the largest marathon in the world.
And so we’ve registered to complete our 9+1 guaranteed entry program. You see, unless you’re really good, the NYC marathon is hard to get into – it’s a large lottery, and chances of “winning” a race bib are small. But there are a few guaranteed entry methods, the most popular being the 9+1 program. One must simply register for and run 9 qualifying races (as designated by New York Road Runners, the organization that puts on the NYC Marathon) and volunteer at one race in the year preceding your marathon year. Simple. Sort of.
Sophia has actually completed a 9+1 twice, though has yet to run the marathon. You see, you still have to remember to actually register for the marathon in the year following your 9+1 completion (she forgot to the first time around), and then you have to not have the marathon cancelled by Superstorm Sandy (her second time around).
But as they say, third time’s a charm. Plus, this time she won’t be running alone!
So here are our bibs from our first qualifier – the Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K. Being that it was 8:30 in the morning, and Sophia is rather grumpy in the morning (the prospect of running 3.1 miles notwithstanding), we forgot to take a race selfie.
One down, eight to go!