Boston has a marathon as beautiful and famous as the one in New York, but the big apple offers something extra, especially for us Italians.
This year I went to New York by bus, to avoid queues and expensive parking.
This year all the newspapers are talking about the fact that, after 40 years, an American has finally won the most famous marathon in the United States.
I have always been fascinated by people who practice sports with perseverance and passion. Of course, to get to run a marathon you need something bigger. The NYC Marathon is a unique event for runners. When they share their experience with me, I see their eyes illuminate and the energy that shines through them makes me want to run too! Through their words I can imagine running through the streets of the world’s belly button and it’s a real magic.
An interesting fact, among all those presented is that the marathon is slowing down. Today more and more people face the marathon and although they are “super” men and women, most of them “ruin” the average. In 1980, the average of those who completed the competition was just over four hours, today we are over four and a half hours. That’s more than twice as many as the first ones. Almost all those who officially participate in the event arrive at the finish line, then there are those like me who participate only to see some glimpses of the city otherwise unreachable.
I still congratulate the winner: what you earn with hard work and determination has a true and eternal flavor!