HK runners in that race are quite old.
Are they mostly rich people who could afford joining the race?
I saw one 19 years old male runner. Most of them are white man from HK. May be they are indeed very rich. It costs $9 just to apply and then they put your name in the lottery draw just like Tokyo Marathon. The organization makes tons of $$ every year. Very expensive to stay in NYC too. About $300 to $400 US a night in NYC. You have to be in the shuttle bus by 4am and wait about 3 to 4 hours before running. My friend said he didn't start the race until almost 10:45am and he enjoyed it.
This marathon is also on my "to do" list. But I too have to save enough $$ to go there. NYC Chinatown has very good food.
that's really great for Paula Radcliffe getting back to her own form after stress fracture and the disappointed Beijing Olympic. I really appreciate to her courage and passion that drove her to finish the race regardless how difficult it was. Such never give up passion gave me much inspiration. Wish her well for the rest of her career.