With less than 24 hours until the race celebrates its 42nd year, organisers of the INC New York Marathon are considering adding a second day of mararthon running to enable twice as many runners to take part in future events.
Each year, organisers receive upwards of 100,00 applicants, meaning less than half of would-be runners get to participate. Event director and president of the New York Road Runners, Mary Wittenberg, said the move is a distinct possibility, commenting: "The demand is there. When I started [in 1998], there was a feeling that the marathon absolutely can't grow anymore. People desperately want to run this race."
With the worldwide attraction the city holds and the increasing popularity of running in one of the five marathon majors, the possibility of expansion would seem to be limitless. Wittenberg was keen to stress, however, that any decisions would not be made in haste: "There's no rush. We wont ever have more than we can handle."
Preparations for this year's race have been somewhat overshadowed by the freak snowstorm that hit the city on Monday. Over 1,000 trees were destroyed, with Central Park experiencing around three inches of snowfall throughout the day. The weather tomorrow, however, looks set to be close to ideal for the 47,000 runners expected to take part, with low humidity and a temperature high of 13°C.
In the men's field, Geffrey Mutai will be looking to replicate his performance in Boston that saw him record a time of 2:03:02. Kenya's Edna Kiplagat will be unable to defend her title this year due to injury, leaving an opportunity open for a new female runner to claim the $130,000 prize money.
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