NEW YORK (AP) — Marathoners are set to cross the finish line in Central Park on Sunday.
The 26.2-mile race in Manhattan will look and feel very different from the one that takes place every November through the city’s five boroughs — before the most recent edition was canceled almost four months ago because of Superstorm Sandy. What it will resemble, in fact, is the original New York City Marathon from 1970, with a smaller field running loops around the park.
This weekend’s inaugural Central Park Marathon held by NYCRUNS is capped at 1,500 participants, a mere fraction of the more than 47,000 who annually show up for the NYC Marathon these days. In a sport as popular as running, one size doesn’t fit all.