Now that the annoying, street-blocking NYC marathon has passed (can we just cancel the damn thing next year?) there’s a new marathon coming to Williamsburg this Sunday. The New York Sorta Marathon is a .2 mile-long race that’s “basically just a finish line” for people who are too busy to bother with training for a 26 mile run. The whole thing is a gag of course, but it’s happening this Sunday at McCarren Park.
About 100 short-distance runners have already signed up to race the length of three football fields. During the arduous journey, which is equal to the height of the Eiffel Tower, runners will pass cheering spectators, Gatorade stations, and medical tents equipped with space blankets and bananas, just like those serving their tougher comrades jogging an unnecessarily difficult extra 26 miles.
In this race, the only effort required is paying a $20 entry free and then ambling a route roughly the length of 200 Danny Devitos laid end-to-end. Each participant will get a t-shirt and a medal, and at the finish line, Broussard has hired two actors to occupy the second and third-place spots on a winner’s block, so that every participant can get a photo standing in the first-place spot.
You can sign-up and get more information about the event at sortamarathon.com.