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Destination Races - Part 1 - Spring

Updated: Jun 19

Races are like New Year's resolutions, you dream about them, you write them down ( or better sign up for them), and look for a coach or a training plan.

On the first day of your training plan your resolution starts to become a reality.

Your whole year will be affected: how many days a week you are running, when you are traveling, what you are eating, everything starts revolving around your race...or races!

Running a Spring Marathon requires a strong commitment: training starts around the holiday season, and running in winter can be hard with colder temperatures and shorter days. Nevertheless, our runners crashed this spring season!

We just passed the first half of 2024, and NY World Runners have already ran the (marathon) world - Tokyo, Paris, Boston, and London - setting Personal Records, Boston Qualifier times, and enjoying great experiences. We are very proud of our accomplishments as a team.

Continue reading if you want to know more about these amazing moments and our athletes.

March 3, 2024: Tokyo Marathon

The only Asian race of the Abbot Marathon Majors, and the newest addition to the 6 stars program, the Tokyo Marathon is on many runners' wishlists!

The Tokyo Marathon course symbolizes the past, present, and future of Tokyo.

It is known to be a flat and fast course. Right from the start, it heads downhill, and for the rest of the way, there are no major hills to overcome. 

Access to the race is granted to runners above 19 through a ballot (lottery), charity entries, or sub-elite time qualification. The race has a cut-off time of 6 hours and 30 minutes.

The course records for the Tokyo Marathon are:

  • Men 2:02:16, set by Benson Kipruto of Kenya in 2024.

  • Women 2:15:55, set by Sutume Asefa Kebede of Ethiopia in 2024

Annalisa, Dario, Matteo, Paola, Poornima, and Xiomara represented the team on March 3rd, for the first time in this race and in a race in Asia. They earned their 2nd (Annalisa), 3rd (Xiomara), 4th (Paola and Poornima), and 5th (Dario and Matteo) Abbott stars.

The race took place on a wonderfully sunny and a bit hot day. It was a great opportunity to experience a different culture and a different running organization, and to be spoiled by Japanese treats such as pampering SPAs, unforgettable cookies, and thirst-quenching electrolyte drinks.

April 7, 2024: Marathon de Paris

Another new race for our team was the Marathon de Paris, which took place on April 7th. Martina was brave enough to run it and she set her PR at 04:01:05 through the marvellous course.

Not an Abbott Marathon Major but still a great race that combines personal challenge with the chance to discover one of the world's great cities. The athletes pound the pavements of the French capital's most famous avenues and plazas, from the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, where they start, towards the Place de la Concorde. From the Rue de Rivoli, they'll then sweep through the Opéra Garnier, the Place de la Bastille. After a glimpse of greenery in the Bois de Vincennes, views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower point the way home.


 April 15, 2024: Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon does not need many introductions. It is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events.

The BAA Boston Marathon is one of the Abbott Marathon Majors six star program races.

Silvia Schneiders, a time qualifier in 2023, ran the Boston Marathon for the team and did not disappoint! She earned a new BQ and personal best at 03:20:52.

Silvia's friends and fans crowded the Boston streets and pumped her up while she crashed the race!

Access to the Boston Marathon is granted through time qualification and the Charity Program. Charities that are part of the B.A.A.'s Official Charity Program for the Boston Marathon raise more than $15 million annually and serve areas of need within Greater Boston.

April 21, 2024: London Marathon

A big favorite of many, rivaling the TCS NYC Marathon, the London marathon was the last for this spring, but not the least for its results and fun!

Amina: 4th Abbott Majors star, BQ and PR

Anna Lisa: 3rd Abbott Majors star, BQ, and PR

Dario: 6th star and Abbot Majors medal, first in the team to achieve this goal!

Paola: 5th Abbott Majors star, 7 weeks after the Tokyo Marathon

Silvia S.: 5th Abbott Majors star, 1 week after the Boston Marathon!

The London Marathon is a fun race with a wonderful course through the city and great cheering crowds. The race is also known for being a Guinness Record favorite spot and many runners run with a costume or a special challenge.

The London Marathon first took place in 1981 and has become one of the most popular marathons in the world. The route takes in many of London's best landmarks including Buckingham Palace, The Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.

The TCS Mini London Marathon, an event for schools and children takes place the day before, and covers two distances, finishing on The Mall.

The Marathon Spring season is over and we are preparing for Fall Marathons. Stay tuned for more news about the next challenges and join the team if you want to train with us.

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