Taboos at the New York City Marathon

AmericaRunners are not allowed to wear oversized clothes, bring selfie sticks, use drones… at the New York City Marathon – the tournament taking place today 7/11.

New York City Marathon (NYCM) is one of the six largest running events on the planet under the World Marathon Majors system. In 2020, the tournament was canceled due to Covid-19 in the US. Returning after a year, the event immediately attracted the participation of more than 30,000 athletes, competing on Staten Island.

As one of the most prestigious events on the planet, the New York City Marathon always has its own, even somewhat strict, rules.

Wearing oversized clothes

Oversized, heavy clothing is prohibited at NYCM.  Photo: Runner's World

Oversized, heavy clothing is prohibited at NYCM. Photo: Runner’s World

When running at NYCM, runners are only allowed to wear body-hugging clothing. “Wearing clothes, bulky clothes, exceeding the body circumference are prohibited,” the representative of the organizers shared.

In fact, a lot of runners don’t notice this. There were people who came to NYCM with the intention of breaking the marathon world record when wearing animal costumes (3 hours 48 minutes 32 seconds), Viking costumes (3 hours 03 minutes 11 seconds). However, all were told no by the organizers.

Even items such as sleeping bags and comforters are prohibited. This makes Ben Burfoot’s record of running a marathon while wearing a sleeping bag (3 hours 41 minutes 59 seconds) set in 2019 will continue to exist for a while.

Wear weights

Heavy clothing with many pockets is also prohibited.  Photo: Runner's World

Heavy clothing with many pockets is also prohibited. Photo: Runner’s World

Weight vests or weight vests are tools to improve fitness, endurance, and strength used by many runners in training. There was even an athlete who set a marathon record when wearing a 45 kg weight shirt with a time of 6 hours 27 minutes 59 seconds. However, running pins participating in NYCM are not allowed to do the same. Even shirts with many pockets, which can contain heavy objects inside, are also banned by the organizers.

Using drones

Flycams and unmanned aerial vehicles are prohibited in this tournament. The ban began with the New York Half Marathon 2015. At that time, a person used a drone in the finish line area, causing spectators and athletes to panic because of fear of terrorism. This person was later arrested by the police for investigation.

Bring a selfie stick

The organizers consider selfie sticks and camera tripods as objects that can hinder and endanger runners on the track. Therefore, they are banned in NYCM. Athletes are also not allowed to wear action cameras or camera mounts on their bodies.

Use other props

An athlete juggling while running.  Photo: Runner's World

An athlete juggling while running. Photo: Runner’s World

Things that are “non-running” will be banned at NYCM. This is a rule introduced in 2013.

In 2015, Michael Kapral joined the NYCM with the intention of setting a world record while juggling. Before the start of the race, he was “whispered” by the organizers. At this point, he learned that the balls he carried were banned. “I made the wrong decision not to check the regulations. I ran more than 150 races and thought it was the same everywhere,” Kapral said.

In addition to the above prohibitions, the New York City race has other strict regulations. One of them is that both athletes and spectators are not allowed to drink alcohol.

This year, due to the impact of the pandemic, all participating athletes need to get enough vaccines, have a negative test certificate within 48 hours. The organizers also stipulate that masks must be worn before departure and after reaching the finish line. Hand sanitizer stations are also located along the track to ensure the safety of athletes.

With the above regulations, NYCM can be considered as one of the most “serious” events. Athletes coming to the tournament will compete in a pure marathon in pursuit of personal records, honoring human physical strength.

Hoai Phuong (According to Runner’s World)

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