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NYRR’s Staggered Starts Mean Each Corral Start Is A Separate Race

April 8, 2016

Wow. Starting with this Sunday’s  City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks (4M), New York Road Runners will implement staggered starts for the race….well, races actually.

This is how staggered starts work according to NYRR:

“The corrals will be released at regular intervals, with corral A leaving at the first starting horn, followed by an additional starting horn for each subsequent corral. Runners’ race net times will still be recorded from when they cross the start and finish mats. This change is based on runner feedback and will ensure a safer and more enjoyable race for everyone.”

When a groups of runners start at different times from each other, this would mean that each group would be running a separate race. That is what NYRR is doing here with staggered starts. Each corral start would be a separate race.

It will be interesting to see how staggered starts will affect the awards. Because runners in corral “A” will not be racing against runners from corral “B” since their respective corrals are starting at separate times.  Therefor, the awards should not be awarded to runners across the corrals.  If it were up to myself, only runners from corral “A” would be eligible for any awards.

Let’s see how this all works out Sunday. It will be interesting what arguments come out of this.


Video: 2014 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

June 14, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Video of the second group of swimmers as they passed East River Park.

Foggy Morning on the East River

January 11, 2014

The fog was so thick that it hid the Williamsburg Bridge.

No Ships Spotted on the East River Today

December 25, 2013

Christmas may be the only day you will not see any ships on the East River.


NYC Swim Brooklyn Bridge Swim

July 7, 2013

Not since Cosmo Kramer had made swimming in the East River popular have there been so many swimmers making the across channel swim from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Brooklyn Bridge Swim









What About the NYC Marathon Streakers?

December 9, 2012

This past week NYRR had addressed the cancelled 2012 NYC Marathon will count as a 9+1 race qualifier.  But, NYRR still has yet to address whether runners that qualify by finishing 15 previous NYC Marathon streaks will be intact. It would stink if runners would lose this means of qualifying for the NYC Marathon.

From the ING NYC Marathon site:

Qualifying by finishing 15 previous New York City Marathons. The ING New York City Marathon offers eligibility for guaranteed entry to runners who have finished 15 or more New York City Marathons

About NYRR’s 9+1 Announcement for the Cancelled Marathon

December 9, 2012

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, NYRR sent the following statement in an email to it’s members stating the cancelled 2012 NYC Marathon will count as a 9+1 qualifying race. 

Cancelled 2012 ING New York City Marathon Will Count as 9+1 Qualifying Race

We thank you for your patience as we continue to work through issues related to the cancellation of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. This work is ongoing and we will update you on any developments as soon as possible.

At this time we’d like to share with you that as an NYRR member, you will receive 9+1 race qualifying credit for your entry into the marathon.

Please check your NYRR member profile starting December 11 to ensure that you’ve received the credit; e-mail us if you have any concerns. (Note: The 9+1 program is for NYRR members only; full details can be found here.)

This does not mean runners will only be receiving 9+1 credit for the cancelled marathon. According to NYRR the matter has not been resolved.  In a response from NYRR on December 6, a NYRR representative statedMore specifically, any further decisions related to any other issues or questions are still pending.”  It appears that NYRR is still working on a resolution to satisfy the runners of the cancelled 2012 NYC Marathon. I’m certain the last thing NYRR wants is to deal with is a mob of angry runners.

What I don’t understand is the timeliness of the 9+1 statement.  It would have been nice if NYRR would have sent the 9+1 credit email sooner after the marathon was cancelled. Because I was under the impression I would not be receiving 9+1 credit and it had caused me to change my plans.  I had registered for the Las Vegas Marathon, cancelled volunteering for the 60K and did not register for 2 additional to reach 9 for the year. So I am out of luck with 9+1 qualifying for the 2013 NYC Marathon.

Swimmers brave East River

July 31, 2011


Swimmers brave East River

NYC breaks record, hits 104 degrees

July 23, 2011

NYC breaks record, hits 104 degrees

Retired Far Hills psychiatrist, 80, to swim around Manhattan

July 16, 2011



Do you see the water splashing behind the kayak near the Willy B? That’s him! The photo under the Williamsburg Bridge is another swimmer in the East River.