Marathon start on the bridge - Photo by NYRR

Gothamist has never been one for long distance running, but this weekend is the 36th New York City Marathon, and we're kind of excited. Sunday's 26.2 mile race features more than 37,000 participants and will span the 5 boroughs of New York City. While the marathon itself is in its 36th year, Sunday will be the 30th anniversary of the 5 borough race, which is detailed in a NY Times article today. Also today, the Post looks at some of the technology that runners are using now. Our personal favorite are the Nip Guards.

The NYC Marathon site has a bunch of fun stuff including an interactive map of the course (flash), a detailed course preview, and a five different cheering strategies.

Are there any Gothamist readers running this year? What's your target time? Most importantly, have you been following marathon tip #25, because we know we have.

Photo from New York Road Runners Club