I received an email, and someone posted it as a comment in my last email, from NYRR that says that Wave 1 will exit the park at 77th Street. Presumably the UPS trucks will be low to high this year, the reverse of 2010. Perhaps NYRR will alternate it.

So kudos to NYRR for announcing it this year. Also, I received another detailed email from NYRR with a course change for the Green start. Again, this is progress.

Here’s the Wave 1 email:


Because you are a runner with an ING New York City Marathon bib number between 500 and 21,999, we have an update for you. After you cross the finish line on November 6, you will exit the park at 77th Street toward Central Park West, instead of walking farther north in the park.

If you’ve checked any baggage, you will collect it from the appropriate UPS truck at the West 77th Street exit. As soon as you have your baggage in hand, you will be directed west toward Broadway, where you can plan to meet your friends and family beyond Columbus Avenue.

NOTE: You must move west on 77th Street with the flow of traffic for the safety of all of our runners. You will not be able to walk east or re-enter the park once you leave it.


We want you to be aware of the exact location you will exit the park on race day, so you can meet your friends and family in a safe and convenient location, away from the park. There will not be a formal family reunion area, so plan to meet your family and friends at a pre-determined location, such as a restaurant or hotel.There will be no area to meet in Central Park, on Central Park West, or on 77th Street (east of Columbus Avenue).


If you have any questions, you can visit the information booth at the ING New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo for answers.

[Edited to add: I again posted my query on the Marathon Facebook page. I received no response from NYRR. But Runar said that NYRR knows how Waves 2 and 3 are leaving the Park but it will not tell anyone because it does not want friends and family to block the exits. Now assuming this is true, and I must defer to NYRR as to the logistics of what happens when the 3:30 to 5:30 marathoners come through and how crowded it gets, I don’t know why NYRR doesn’t tell the tens of thousands of anxious runners this bit of information. It’s the communications.]