Central Park Now Cleared For NYC Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 4, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Runners now have a clear path in Central Park. Photo; The New York Times

The marathon finish gets the green light.

Runners now have a clear path in Central Park. Photo; The New York Times

Last weekend’s strange snow storm nearly threw a wrench into the ING New York City Marathon. The heavy snow that fell on the Big Apple caused extensive damage in Central Park, the location for the race’s finish. However, park officials sought to calm worried runners on Thursday when they announced that no obstacles exist thanks to 24/7 efforts by tree-clearing crews.

NYC Marathon spokesman Richard Finn praised the efforts of city agencies.

“All the people stepped up in New York City,” he said at Central Park early Thursday afternoon. “The race course is clean. It’s ready.”

Finn went on to point out that the city and race officials were lucky that the storm didn’t hit on marathon weekend.

“It would have been a spectacular shock,” he said. “It would have been like playing in a blizzard in a football game.”

Thousands of trees were damaged by the heavy snow that snapped limbs. All told, nearly 1,000 trees in the 800-acre park will be lost.

The storm caused an estimated $500,000 in damage.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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