NYC Marathon Secret: Golden Showers

From avoiding a "golden shower" to how much money—yes, money—to bring, Glynnis MacNicol tells you everything the NYC Marathon doesn't

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That guy—the one with the water bottle—will pee on you if you don't stay in the middle lane.     Photo: Martineric/Flickr

For those of you who don't live in New York, the Verrazano Bridge connects Staten Island to Brooklyn. The marathon begins at the bottom of the Staten Island end, and depending on what wave you are in, you will either run over the top deck or the bottom deck. If you are on the bottom deck, stick to the middle lanes as much as possible.

As mentioned, the wait before race can be a lengthy one, and once you enter your corral, there are no more porta-potties. You will be cold, you will be anxious, you will be drinking water, and there won’t be any bathrooms. Get where I'm going here? It is not unusual, once the race starts, for people to take a moment to heed Mother Nature’s call and, well, relieve themselves off the side of the bridge. So, stay away from the edges of the bridge and you won’t get pissed on, literally.

(Fear not! There are plenty of porta-potties along the way, just not on the bridge.) (Also: seeing people pee in public—something New Yorkers are rather immune to—will cease to be shocking around mile 12.) (Also also: This advice goes for the Queensboro bridge too, but you’ll probably be past the point of caring by then.)

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