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Beware the lower deck of the Verrazano Bridge. For more #INGNYCM advice from RW editors:

It's great to have a race goal but be sure to take in the experience. The cheering crowds, the atmosphere, the 40,000 runners, the bridges and boroughs, the helicopters overhead, the glorious sight of Central Park ... the greatest city in the world is pulling for YOU. There's nothing like it in our sport—or in any sport. The NYC Marathon is a marvel that probably couldn't be invented today if it didn't already exist. Don't get too caught up in the overwhelming excitement on First Avenue after coming off the 59th St. bridge. It's unreal, coming from near silence on the bridge to hair-raising cheers and crowds lining the street and the bobbing sea of runners ahead of you as far as you can see. But you have a long way to go and you must hold back. The elites have a saying: You can't win the NYC Marathon on First Avenue but you sure can lose it. Same principle applies to us mo...

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