What to Pack
What NOT to Pack
There’s a time and place for selfie sticks (ok maybe not) – but the NYC Marathon is not one of them. In fact, selfie sticks are officially banned from the race. Running the NYC Marathon is a momentous event, and the sights and spectators are unlike those you’ll experience anywhere else in the world, so I understand the urge to want to capture the moment. Do so instead by using a cell phone or by mounting a GoPro to your torso!
For the NYC Marathon, you are also prohibited from bringing Camelbaks® and any type of hydration backpack, so hopefully you weren’t using these to train for the race! Purchase a handheld water bottle or hydration belt instead or grab the water and gatorade offered along the course to stay hydrated.
As a general rule, I try my hardest to never check bags for races, and this is especially true for the NYC Marathon. The last thing you want to do after running 26.2 miles is to be tied up in the bottleneck that is the baggage retrieval after the race. The race finishes around 67th street. Runners without bags walk up to exit at 77th street, while runners with bags need to walk up and exit at either 81st or 85th street! Avoid checking a bag unless you really need to.
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