Race: New York City Marathon

Runner: Heather LeFriec

Race Date: 11/03/2019

Location: New York City

Results: 3:38

new york city marathon race report

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

The crowd support, the spectators, besides Boston 2014, the loudest spectators I’ve experienced! This race takes you all over The City and you get to experience all the Burroughs.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

The concrete was hard on my legs and I wore the wrong shoes–combined with the hills, this sent me into a really hard wall at mile 19.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

Running through the Hadistic Jewish neighborhood on a Sunday, quite very quiet.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I felt great for the first 13 miles, hydrated and fueled well. When I hit my wall at mile 19, I stayed positive and let go of my finish time and instead focused on the awesome energy of the spectators and the city.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Prepare for the hills! Wear a shoe with a little more cushion. I wore a “tempo” shoe and my feet, ankles, and shins did not respond well to the concrete. The last few miles through Central Park are hilly – let the crowd’s energy pull you through.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

This was my second time running NYC – I knew it was a hard course and next time I won’t run a marathon 3 weeks beforehand, bad idea and I paid for it!

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Starting line logistics are time consuming so prepare mentally & dress warm for waiting to get into corrals. You have to walk a long way to get out of Central Park – I’ve ran this race twice and chose the post race poncho option at finish this year over the bag check the first time I ran nyc! Choose the poncho – it’s warm and you get to it quicker, plus it makes a good race souvenir!

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Yes – you get to see all 5 Burroughs of NYC and finishing in Central Park is beautiful.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Yes!! Hilly and hard concrete.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Yes!! Very well oiled machine, especially getting to the start  -it was smooth and easy!

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Yes! Best in the world.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Yes! I recommend qualifying! I qualified for guaranteed entry into nyc! If you don’t qualify you can enter the lottery and hope to get chosen!

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Awesome race support! Everything you need and the volunteers were so positive.

Weather and typical race conditions

This year was sunny and 50, perfect! 2 years ago when I ran, it rained and was 45, so just depends – but typical Fall like weather.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?

Extra warm up gear to throw off and donate at the start! It’s cold and you wait for a couple of hours before you start.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Yes! My friends said it was exciting to watch and an adventure to hop around on the subway to catch spectator spots.

How’s the Swag?

Great finishers shirt and an apple shaped medal!!! I also really like the finishers poncho.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?


Heather LeFriec is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about her or to work with Coach Heather, check out her coaching page.

new york city marathon race report