With 98 days until the 2013 ING New York City Marathon, runners took to Central Park this morning for a test of fitness in the company of fellow marathoners at the ING New York City Marathon Long Training Run #1. The event offered runners the chance to tackle six to 20 miles around the rolling hills of Central Park in preparation for any upcoming marathon on their calendar.
Runners training for 26.2 miles use this event to plan race-day fueling strategies—fluids and energy gels are offered at key points along the route—and to test their pace by running with pace groups led by the New York Flyers. Reflecting the diversity of the field of 47,000+ runners who take the iconic 26.2-mile tour through the five boroughs every November, participants today ranged from first-time marathoners to seasoned ultra-marathoners.
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