- The Marathon Finish Line Poncho, a water-repellent, hooded, and fleece-lined garment to be handed out to every finisher
- Establishing NYRR "Call Home" stations at the start and post-finish so runners can communicate with friends and family
- A new and improved Family Reunion area near the runner exit
- Increasing the number of wave starts from three to four to reduce runner density along the course and at the finish line.
The ostensible reason is to ease post-race congestion in Central Park. But ... you've got to be kidding me.
*If you're traveling from out of town, now you're going to bring clothes specifically to throw away at the start of the race
*And you have to have clothes - Staten Island can be cold/rainy and you're sitting around for hours already
*What about those of us who like a little music to pre-psych up your running muscles? Now you have run with it.
*Umm, was the weekend before last year's race that NYC was hit by a freak snowstorm?
*Keys? Train passes? Money?
The Facebook posts are hilarious at this point (and mostly bitter), though there are a few supporters:
One of the worst ideas ever. A lot of the runners doesn't came from Manhattan and they have to return without opportunity to change shoes or clothes.
RIDICULOUS! I am supposed to finish 26.2 then get on the train back to Jersey freezing my butt off? This is what I waited 3 years for?
LOL nyrr, LOL. I try and give constructive feedback to your common mistakes but this time I just can't. I am SO glad I'm not running this year and this seriously makes me wonder if I ever will again.
Buy stock in the company that makes Spibelt now!
Also, just from a business standpoint, the time to tell us about decreased services is BEFORE 45,000 people have paid their non-refundable entry fee of nearly $200.
(BTW, note that there are now four wave starts - that may have already been in place).
The full post is here: