The New York City Marathon has been a part of my life since the early 1980's. I have volunteered, cheered, run and even worked on projects related to the the Marathon.
As a tourism graduate student in the late 90's, it bothered me that while NYC is glad that you are here to run or watch the race, we provide little in the way of sightseeing while you are here or incentives to return and explore when you are running (or not running) a shorter event. I had a great deal of time to think about it and write about it while being holed up during and after Hurricane Sandy last year. My efforts to provide sightseeing for stranded marathoners and their friends last year were way too little and way too late.
This year is different. The 4 hour bus tour of the Marathon course sponsored by Roadrunners and narrated by truly great (but non-runner) licensed NYC tour guide friends of mine may already be sold out. The tour of the NYC Marathon end of course given by the Central Park Conservancy will also sell out very soon.
A Guide Named Sue (that's me) will be running an early morning off the course Central Park tour from Apple to 90th Street where the runners enter Central Park on Oct 28, 29,30 and Nov 4,5. On Halloween, the morning tour will take the scenic route to the Marathon EXPO via the Highline. On Nov 1st, we will head to CANstruction via Broadway in Lower Manhattan.
Thanks to AnyRoad, a new platform for independent licensed NY tour guides, you can book and read a longer description of each tour here:
These tours will be limited to 20 people each so book soon.
If you provide enough feedback, more tours and opportunities to explore areas around the course any time of year will be made available to you by Tourism organizations and independent guides like me.