Have you ever wondered how runners in the ING New York City Marathon this Sunday will get their coats, sweats, street shoes and keys from the start to the finish? One thing’s for sure: you won’t see them lugging backpacks through the streets of New York City!
They do what a lot of us do when we need something important delivered – they rely on UPS.
For the 15th consecutive year, UPS will be trusted to deliver runners’ personal effects to Central Park where they will pick them up at the end of the race.
Long before most of us are even awake on Sunday morning, more than 300 UPS volunteers will collect specially designed tote bags containing gear for as many as 45,000 marathon runners. A parade of 75 UPS package cars, with police escort, will then make a massive same-day delivery of all of the runners’ belongings to the finish line.
Now, that’s logistics!
Did you know?
- UPS volunteers (including family) will contribute over 3,500 hours for the entire marathon.
- Each package car carries the personal belongings of up to 850 individual runners. It takes 75 package cars to complete this massive project.
- Cost in tolls just to transport personal belongings is $4,160.
- Before the race, each runner knows which package car his or her belongings will be on—and exactly where it will be located in Central Park.
- 1996 was the first year that UPS moved the runners’ belongings. Only 40 cars and a little over 80 volunteers were needed to support the race back then.
Check out some of the photos from last year’s event:
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