4:45am (thankfully felt like 5:45am) - Wake up
6:00am arrive at the NY Public Library for a bus to Staten Island.
8:45am arrive at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island (longer journey than usual because security was tight as 52000+ runners entered “the Fort” through metal detectors).
The race is so big that the runners are divided into waves by color. I was in Wave 2 -Orange.
10:17am the cannon goes off as Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” plays and 17,000+ runners and I head over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn.