If you have run the NYC Marathon before, you may have complained or had an issue with the long lines/wait to get your baggage post-race. For those not familiar with the NYC Marathon, this is what the post-race area is like: All runners enter a chute immediately after crossing the finish line. There is no way in or out of this chute until you make it through all the “checkpoints”. You get your medal and heat blanket, get your photo taken, pick up water, fruit, and other post-race fuel, and then head to the baggage area. There is always a HUGE back-up / wait to get your baggage. After that, you leave the chute and can find your family/friends who are waiting on Central Park West (by lettered signs corresponding to your last name).
I’ve run the NYC Marathon several times. In my opinion, the wait at the end is a necessary evil of participating in a race with almost 50,000 other people. Yes, it is long and stinks and all I want to do is find my family and get inside, but I’ve always viewed it as a good way to keep my body moving (regardless of how slow the crowd is moving).