5. East Harlem (Miles 18-20)

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For those who want to avoid the congestion of the Upper East Side, miles 18-20 take place in East Harlem — also known as Spanish Harlem, where you can find a vibrant Latino community. It is in this neighborhood that runners worry about hitting the dreaded “wall.” The forthcoming miles are also rather hilly, so runners could certainly use a bit more motivation. On the bright side, there will likely be festive music playing throughout the day to keep spirits high and energy levels up.