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Boston or New York

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Post  mountandog Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:17 am

Looking for your opinions, especially from those who have run both. Assuming equivalent weather, which course is easier and likely to lead to a PR? I only have experience at Boston and am considering NY and if I sign up, I want to get a sense of how hard to train. If I don't have a shot at a PR in NY then I might back off a bit and enjoy the ride.

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Post  Jerry Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:38 am

New York 2008: 3:32:59
Boston 2009: 3:39:12

Both ideal weather.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:13 pm

I think NY is a bit easier as the hills are not an intense, and there are not as many. However, there are indeed more entrants. If you are a downhill runner, Boston would be a better choice.
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Post  wrichman Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:09 am

I think NY is easier - more of a rolling hills course if that's your thing.
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Post  Kenny B. Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:48 pm

Have not run either but my vote is for what is logistically easier!
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Post  Nick Morris Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:20 am

I have not run either of them, but I think that NY is easier than Boston. They are both tough to PR at, but NYs hills are not as much of a challenge in comparison to Boston.
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Post  ssilvert Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:40 am

I'm late to this thread, but I have run both so I feel compelled to answer.

I'm going to go against the others and say that NYC is slightly tougher. Besides the Newton Hills, the Boston course is relatively fast from beginning to end. In NYC, you have to deal with two large bridges at the beginning and middle of the race.

I'll describe NYC from memory. Check out the real course info for more accurate details.

Nobody notices the difficulty of the Narrows bridge because that's where you start and you are excited and fresh. But you still have to climb it and deal with a steep decline once you are at the top. So even though you are feeling great you are beating yourself up right off the bat. Then much later you have to deal with the Queensboro bridge. This one is downright nasty. I think you hit it around mile 17. So you get to experience some real punishment just before it's time for the dreaded 20 mile mark. At that point you have several miles of gradual uphill on your way to Central Park. Gradual uphill is not how you want to spend this part of the race. Those miles approaching the park were the toughest for me.

I won't describe Boston because the course is so well known.

But I'll stand by my assertion that considering course alone, Boston is slightly faster.

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