“I want to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep.” This, of course, is a lyric in Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York.
The tune resounds as each wave of runners takes off during the New York City Marathon. It’s a tradition. You know the race has begun when you hear the cannon fire followed by Frank’s jazz melody.
The first sight on the marathon course comes near the start of the race, when runners cross the famous Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. They take in spectacular views of the city as they cross from Staten Island into Brooklyn.
The whole starting experience is very patriotic and very New York. I get goosebumps just thinking about what it must feel like to be there in that sea of humanity, as determined runners start their quest to run all five boroughs in the greatest city in the world.
The last time I was in New York City was in 2010 for Advertising Week. I hope the next time I go back, it will be to run the New York City Marathon.