NYC Marathon Health and Wellness Expo

As thousands of people around the world prepare for the 40th Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) New York City marathon, many gathered for the marathon’s Health and Wellness Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Thirty-four-year-old Ania, who is from Poland, said that she trained in a special program created by her coach to prepare for tomorrow’s race. She believes that the length of the race is not the most important factor of running, but rather personal growth.

Ania, who was joined by her twin sister, traveled nearly 5,000 miles to be apart of the annual event. “Running provides you with many opportunities … and gives you a good excuse to travel,” she says.

During the expo, runners collected their bibs/running numbers, tried on gear and networked with vendors. Matthew Green, who will run his first NYC marathon tomorrow, is one of the expo’s volunteers who said that “This race is the ultimate accomplishment.”

Jeff Hanger, who stood alongside Green, has been volunteering at the expo for almost ten years in addition to running the marathon. Hanger and other volunteers greeted people at the entrance of the convention center while encouraging those partaking in tomorrow’s event.
“Giving back makes me feel wonderful,” he said.

The annual marathon connects all five boroughs of New York City and is the largest marathon in the world, with nearly 50,000 runners crossing the finish line last year. Past participants have traveled from places like England, South Africa and Brazil. The marathon remains a public exercise of community spirit, and a symbol of hope for participants, spectators, and especially New Yorkers. To view the marathon beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 6th, check your local listings. Participants, runners and supporters will follow #nycmarathon on Twitter.