- Qualify / run the Boston marathon – Will do that in April!
- Visit a first growth Bordeaux vineyard – Hmm, does $4 grocery store wine count?
- Run a naked 5K
Be one of those male cheerleaders that hold up girl cheerleaders by their crotch
Of course, other than Boston, there are other Bucket List race locations. The one that is on the top is probably the ING New York City Marathon. The only issue is that it is a lottery. You cast your stone into the proverbial well and see if it is picked up by a subway rat and carried to NYRR headquarters. So, that is exactly what I did. But, in spite of 2012 being the year of the Lottery, I didn’t get in. Bummer.
Ah, but others DID get in! This weekend, 50,000 or so of them are planning on strapping on their orange ING hunting vests and cranking out 26.2 hilly miles while trying not to get peed on. Unfortunately though, you might have heard about a “little” storm wreaking a “bit” of havoc on NYC. The one that closed the stock market for the first time in like 100 years and flooding the subways? Yep, that one. But, The NYC Mayor said yesterday that the marathon WILL be held as planned.
First, economic benefit. I just saw an article that initially there was to be a $340 million impact as part of the marathon. A large percentage of that will go to put people who had their lives disrupted back to work. But the reality is that not all hotels even have power to be able to support runners - or employees.... So, is there much benefit?
Also, volunteer resource availability. when I think to the people who assist with the marathon, there are few people that would actually intersect with the people who would be helping to clean up. Also, the PD / FD can only do so much cleaning themselves. However, I did hear that the race is going to hire private contractors to help with security, so maybe that isn't an issue anymore?
Finally, there is the "feels right" factor. I can't quite decide if having the race "feels right" quite yet. Either the runners will help bring even more focus on the area and will help with the recovery...or they'll get in the way. But, I can say, if I had gotten into the lottery? I'd be there trying to run. But, that is just me. My house isn't flooded, on fire, etc.
Those are my thoughts. What do you think? Yes? No?
HOWEVER, the race is still on!!! So, as part of an Orange Up campaign ING has a "pop up finish line" in Columbus Circle tomorrow and the ING Runners Nation On The Go truck will be there during the morning giving away freebees. Soooo, if you ARE there and racing, go check those two things out for sure.
This guy probably was just randomly walking by....
I was sent a few ING Orange Up glasses and shoe laces to give away. Let me know if you'd like a pair! Now, they might make everything look a bit like that episode of Seinfeld where there was a big orange neon sign outside of the apartment, but they are basically indestructible. Seriously, I gave them to my son and he didn't break them after a LOT of trying! So, let me know if you'd like to sport your orange and participate in the Orange Up campaign!
Sun never sets on cool
Cooking up a pot of orange