NEW YORK – An assault on the world records in the indoor marathon for men and women will be held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Manhattan on Saturday afternoon, April 9, 2016.
The two separate races, one for men and one for women, will be contested as part of the larger inaugural Armory NYC Indoor Marathon to be held at The Armory’s banked 200-meter track from April 8 to 10.
There will be 12 other marathons held during the three days at The Armory. All of the other races will be team relay marathons where each participant will run only a portion of the marathon.
The lone individual races will be limited to 40 men and 40 women. The women’s race will go off at 1 p.m. April 9, the men’s at 4:30pm. Online registration is now open. Entries will be accepted based on past performance and will be announced two weeks prior to the race.
Prize money is being offered to the first three finishers of each race as well as a $5,000 bonus for any winner who sets a new world record. The existing records are considered to be 2:27:21 for the men, by the American Michael Wardian, set in 2010 in Arlington, Va., and 2:53:53 for the women, by Monika Kalicinska in 2014 in Toronto. Kalicinska’s performance was done on an oversized track, longer than 200 meters, but it is believed to be the fastest ever run indoors by a woman. Wardian ran his race in 2010, on a flat 200-meter track, breaking the previous world best of 2:34:54 set 82 years earlier by Joie Ray, in Boston in 1928.
Armory Foundation President Dr. Norbert Sander said: “Over the years, I have talked about how fitting it would be to set the world indoor marathon records at the Armory, home of the fastest track in the world, and now it is only weeks away.”
The Armory’s indoor marathons revive an era from the 1900s to the 1930s in New York City when thousands would fill the original Madison Square Garden to witness what the New York Times called “the most spectacular foot race that New York ever has witnessed.”
Because of the stress placed on the runners on the Armory’s track, the race is expected to be contested in two directions. Runners will begin running clockwise, then switch to the traditional counterclockwise direction after one hour.
There is a registration fee of $50 for the marathon world record challenge. Registration is available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-armory-nyc-indoor-marathon-world-record-challenge-registration-21587987251?aff=es2
All 14 races, to be held night and day over a three-day period, will be webcast live. There will be music, videos, food, beverages and other entertainment throughout the event. Seating will be available to the general public.
The Armory will open its New Balance Track & Field Center 24 hours around the clock for the three-day event. Cost for each participant competing in the team relay is $100 and will increase to $150 after March 22. Registration is now open at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/armory-2016-new-york-city-indoor-marathon-team-relay-registration-21564674522
Proceeds from the races will benefit the Armory College Prep Program which provides free, after-school college prep programs for middle school and high school students. Sponsors of the races include some of the world’s largest law, financial and real estate firms.