Probably one of the most amazing minyans in the world kicks off its 32nd year at the NYC Marathon starting camp in Staten Island. This year there will be 3 minyans 7am, 8am, 9am.
The International Minyan for New York City Marathoners, inaugurated in 1983, is a project of JRunners, a Brooklyn-based organization dedicated to encouraging physical health for Jewish men and women through athletic competition.
Full shachris services will commence at 7:15, 8:15 and 9:15 a.m., to accommodate the hundreds of expected participants from around the world who are assigned to the several wave starts of the race. Each service should take about a half hour, and runners are urged to select a service that will allow them at least 45 minutes after completion to get to their race start marshaling corral.
Secure arrangements are again available for minyanaires to check their tefillin, siddurim and tallesim with the Minyan organizers for pickup at a convenient location close to the finish line in Manhattan. (Sorry, we can accept only religious articles; no items of clothing or other personal belongings.) Those checking religious articles with the Minyan organizers are urged to proceed directly to the pickup point – the columned portico of Cong. Shearith Israel (the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue), facing Central Park West at the corner of West 70th Street – after crossing the finish line, or to have family members pick up these articles during the day while you are on the race course.