Maria Moise, 27, is attempting to become only the second New Yorker to finish both the New York City Marathon and the NYC Half-Marathon. On Sunday, she will join fellow New Yorker Erin DeGraw on the Tompkins Square Park course for the 15th annual event, which she starts at 8:30 a.m. Her goal is to finish in less than four hours.
On Friday, Ms. Moise wore a visor and topped her yellow sneakers with head-to-toe camouflage-print yoga pants. The look symbolized a task she had become comfortable with: running the three-and-a-half-mile course in total darkness. Her trim torso, typically hidden beneath a clingy, hooded hood, revealed only black lacy panties.
She said she did not feel nervous about the attempt, despite the first one she completed in December, nine months ago, falling about halfway.
She explained why she started to wear the visor at night.
“I was getting a lot of stares with the visor and the whole ‘new York City Marathon runner’ thing,” she said. “It’s part of your uniform now. If I’m going to be visible at all at all times, I want it to be comfortable.”
Last year, women’s event records fell. Midori Ito finished the full 26.2-mile distance in 2:30:28, and Mary Keitany passed the half marathon mark in 1:10:56. Ms. Moise expects to hit her goal, even with the wind ripping through her sweaty forearms.