Are you ready to run 26.2 miles?
The Queens Marathon will kick off near the Unisphere on Sunday, March 26, at 8 a.m. As many as 400 participants are expected to follow a course that makes four loops through Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
In addition to hundreds of New Yorkers, runners from as far away as Illinois, Missouri, and Texas have signed up for this second annual event, as well as international runners from Australia, England, Scotland, and Sweden. Dozens of spectators will cheer them on as they stand on soccer fields, pathways, playgrounds, and entrances to cultural venues.
The governing body of organized running, USA Track & Field Inc., has certified this race for those looking to use their times to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Registration is $120 in advance or $160 on the day of the race. Runners will receive packets with Clif Bars, bagels, tee shirts, promotional materials, and coupons from the Queens Tourism Council. Pickup is at Queens Center on Saturday, March 25, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The top three male and female runners will receive trophies. Plus, awards will go to the top three finishers in each of the following age categories: 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and 70 and over.
Brooklyn resident Charles Remillard won last year’s inaugural Queens Marathon with a 2:35.25 time. Catherine Chua took first place among women at 3:01.52. The Richmond Hill resident had run a marathon the previous week.
As part of the festivities, the inaugural Kids of Queens Run, a two-mile trek through the same park, will take place on March 25 at 9 a.m. Registration is free for the first 200 young participants.
Images: Queens Distance Runners