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No Official Finish For Slow Marathoners In NYC

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 9, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Participants in the ING New York City Marathon should try and finish in less than 8.5 hours. Photo: New York Daily News

The cutoff is 8 1/2 hours.

Participants in the ING New York City Marathon should try and finish in less than 8.5 hours. Photo: New York Daily News

By the time these ING NewYork City Marathon competitors come through Central Park, it’s dark. The fans are gone. The streets are still littered with squished cups. Workers are dismantling signs and hurrying to get home.

And for these competitors, those who come across the line at  8 1/2 hours or more there may be some bad news: No official time for you.

“Publicly, we have to have a deadline, because we don’t want to encourage people to still be out there running when the roads are reopening, and it just may not be their day,” said Mary Wittenberg, director of the race. “Better to have them come back and try to finish another day.”

According the New York Road Runners, timing and scoring stops after 7 p.m. This is 8 1/2 hours after the start. The marathon’s roads begin to open 6 1/2 hours after the start.

Though their time may not count, they still receive a finisher’s medal. The conclusion of the race is staffed well into the night. 

For More: New York Daily News

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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