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The World’s Longest Marathon: Run Then Rest at the Best Hotels in New York

Marathon runners pounding the streets of New York City

Have you always wanted to take part in the world’s longest marathon? Consider booking one of the best hotels in New York City, then sign up to run! The New York City Marathon is the longest at 26.2 miles and held each year around the beginning of November. Runners go through all five boroughs of the city and large crowds cheer them on as they cross the finish line in beautiful Central Park. You can bet New York City hotels fill up quick for this amazing event.

Running a marathon, especially the New York Marathon, is something that everyone should try and experience at least once in their life. Here is some helpful information you should know if you’re thinking about running in the New York Marathon. Accommodations in the “city that never sleeps” are plentiful and often pricey, but a little research can help you come out a winner with a comfortable room near the heart of action.

The Jane Hotel is located in the trendy Meatpacking district of Manhattan and features small, spartan rooms (many with shared bathrooms) decorated in the style of a ship’s cabin. Rooms start at only $99 per night and include a flat-screen TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, and in-room safe for valuables. The hotel provides free bicycles for guests to explore the city before or after race day, and Times Square and the Theater District are only ten minutes away.


It’s recommended to get as much preparation for the New York Marathon as possible.  If you’re used to jogging or running then four months will work, but it can take up to a year before getting accepted as a participant.

Hotel Beacon sits on Manhattan’s chic upper west side and just four blocks from Central Park. Rates are reasonable for this part of town, with the bonus of being located close to the Marathon’s finish line for easy recuperation. Rooms come with kitchenettes including a microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker, as well as flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and Wi-Fi access. Suites have a living room with a sofa bed, which can come in handy for putting up friends or family members who have come along to cheer you on.

Run a Smaller Marathon

Running a mile or so every morning might get you great practice, but there’s only one real way to practice for the New York Marathon… run a shorter marathon. When you a run a shorter marathon, you’ll get a good sense about what it’s like and what it takes to run an extended distance. This will help you get a great time that will qualify you for the New York City Marathon. The standards are posted each year on January 1 and you will have to meet them in order to get in.

Hampton Inn Manhattan – Times Square North also has rooms starting at just $99/night, and is just ten minutes from Central Park. Rooms come with the standards you would expect at a Hampton Inn: free Wi-Fi, cable TV, lounge chair, free buffet breakfast, and more.

Sign Up for Charities

The marathon has official charities you can sign up for in order to raise enough money to participant and receive a marathon number. Charities that are participating in the marathon are announced early in the year.


Once you’ve officially qualified for the marathon it’s time to visit the website to put in your application and entry fee. This should be done around late December or early January. If your qualifying time or official charity work doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the race then your application is automatically entered in a lottery. The winners will receive the remaining numbers and participate in the New York City Marathon.

Additional Training

Now that you’re qualified for the race it’s time to start your official training. Get at least 15 weeks worth of training in before running the marathon. As you build up your strength for running add more miles to your morning or afternoon jog until you’ve hit about 40 miles. The 40-mile mark should get hit about a month before the marathon. If possible put in two really good, long runs into your training about two weeks and a month before the marathon. These two runs should be between 18 to 22 miles.

Doing this type of training will better prepare you for running 26.2 miles for the actual marathon.

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Create a tight plan for your travel, hotel and meal arrangements that weekend. The two days leading up to the race should be a time where you just relax and mentally prepare for the marathon. It’s a long run and it’s important that you’re prepared both physically and mentally.

After running in a long marathon you’ll want to relax in a comfortable hotel to bask in excitement of completing a marathon. New York City hotels offer some of the best accommodations for guests. Thousands show up to run and watch the New York City Marathon, so it’s important to book well in advance or you could miss out on staying in the best hotels in New York City.

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