It's Marathon Sunday, which means it's going to be impossible to get around the city, which means you might as well join the chaos and participate as a spectator in the New York City Marathon. Click below to find out who to cheer, where to watch, and where to carb-load.
Race Jargon (So You Know What People Are Talking About)
Pace Group: a group of runners who are running to finish in a certain time. Pacers literally run with signs that say "3:30" or "4:15" to keep runners on pace.
Fartlek: the Swedish word for "speed play". Speed up, slow down, speed up, slow down - that's fartlek training. It puts the heart rate at about 60-80% below max and is meant to offer continual exercise without major stress or discomfort. It's especially helpful for runners who know their desired pace and tempo and want to speed up without measured intervals. --By Cary Randolph
Who To Cheer On:
Sports Stars: Tennis Pro Justin Gimelstob, and New York Giants Wide Receiver Amani Toomer
Television Personalities: Al Roker (!), Robin Quivers from the Howard Stern Show, Ethan Zohn from Survivor, Anthony Edwards from ER, Jared Fogle (from the Subway weightloss ads...)
Famous Foodies: Joe Basitanich, Joe Campanale, Bobby Flay
Where To Cheer The Runners:
Mile 06-07: Time Warner Cable Spectator Zone, 4th Ave at 7th Street
They'll be specially set up computers here so you can check on a runner's progress.
Mile 13-14: ING CHEER ZONE, Digital Message Board
Entertainment and giveaways by ING, as well as a jumbotron showing messages and photos family and friends
Mile 16-17: 59th Street and First Ave
Digital Message Board
Giveaways, Computers to check runners progress
Mile 22-23: 5th Ave and 124th Street
Digital Message Board
Mile 22-23 Emerald Nuts Cheering Zone, 5th Ave and 90th
Snack teams distributing snacks to spectators
Where To Eat Along The Way, Because You Might As Well Carb-Load, Even If You Aren't Running.
Mile 2: Bay Ridge
8610 3rd Avenue
What To Eat: Waffles!
Mile 3-8: Fourth Avenue
652 Union Street (Just Below Fourth)
What To Eat: The Brunch comes with sangria, but if you want something a la carte, get the Duck Hash and eggs.
Mile 10-12 Williamsburg
What To Eat: Scone with Devonshire Cream.
Miles 12-13 Greenpoint
727 Manhattan Avenue
What To Eat: Red Velvet Donuts.
Mile 13-16 Queens
24-20 Jackson Ave
What To Eat: Bacon Pizza as part of their bacon brunch.
Miles 16-19 First Avenue
1316 1st Avenue
What To Eat: Grab a coffee and croissant to go, and cheer on the runners as they head to The Bronx.
Miles 21-23 Harlem and North Central Park
E. 124th Street, at Madison
What To Eat: Jerk Chicken, Guyanese Masala Curried Chicken.
And for people who actually RAN the race:
Macelleria, on 38 Gansevoort, is offering unlimited pasta servings for the price of one to all runners who show their bib number.
Millenium Hilton is offering a special pasta prix-fixe for runners on November 6th, and 20% off brunch on the 8th.
Where To Tailgate
MIckey Mantels Restaurant: 42 Central Park West
East End Tavern: 1589 First Avenue
The Bull Pen: 1678 First Avenue
East End Bar and Grill: 1664 First Avenue
Becky's Pub: 1156 First Avenue
Baker Street: 1152 First Avenue
AND DON'T FORGET TO SET BACK YOUR CLOCKS ON SATURDAY NIGHT!