Minyan at the NYC marathon
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Minyan at the NYC marathon

For the 38th year, the New York City Marathon, set this year for Sunday, November 6, will offer morning services for Jewish runners at the Fort Wadsworth staging ground.  The International Minyan for New York City Marathoners, inaugurated in 1983, is the longest established religious service of any kind at any major sporting event anywhere in the world.  This year’s race will honor the memory of the late Fred Lebow, the “father of the NYC marathon” and a patron of the group’s minyan project from its earliest days.

The minyan is in a tent on Drum Road (designated on the Fort Wadsworth site map), a short walk from inside the main gate.

The first full Shacharit services will begin at around 7 a.m., and new ones will start at appropriate intervals thereafter, to accommodate the participants from around the world who are assigned to the different wave race starts. Each service is about a half hour, and runners should join a minyan that will allow them at least 45 minutes after completion to get to their designated marshaling corral.

The group no longer transports religious items to Manhattan, and there will be no facilities for checking them. Minyan organizers will have a supply of tefillin, tallisim, and siddurim for use during all services.  Participants are urged to use them instead of bringing their own.

This year’s tzedakah collection will go to Chai Lifeline/Camp Simcha, whose mission is to enhance the lives of seriously ill children and their families through activities that offer friendship and emotional and social support.

For more information on the minyan, email Yisroel Davidsohn at davidsohn888@gmail.com or call him at (646) 529-1351, or email Peter Berkowsky at peterberkowsky@gmail.com, or call him at (973) 477-7908.

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