Everything You Need To Know About The New York City Marathon This Sunday

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Strap yourselves in New Yorkers… It’s NYC Marathon O’clock. Tens of thousands of runners will hit the city on Sunday and here’s everything you need to know.

Race info

The race is on the on Sunday, Nov. 6 and the route goes through all five boroughs (click HERE or see the map at the bottom of this page). It starts in Staten Island, through parts of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan, coming to an end in Central Park. The schedule for the start times looks like this:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Professional Wheelchair Division
  • 8:52 a.m.: Achilles Handcycle Category and Select Athletes with Disabilities
  • 8:55 a.m.: Foot Locker Five-Borough Challenge
  • 9:20 a.m.: Professional Women
  • 9:50 a.m.: Wave 1 (including Professional Men)
  • 10:15 a.m.: Wave 2
  • 10:40 a.m.: Wave 3
  • 11 a.m.: Wave 4
Men to watch

Keep an eye out for the defending champion, Stanley Biwott, and Lelisa Desisa, who finished 3rd last year and 2nd the year before.

Women to watch

The two-time women’s champion Mary Keitany could become the first to win three straight NYC marathons over thirty years. Also watch out for Molly Huddle, who broke the American record in the 10,000-meter in this year’s Olympics.

How to track your runner

How will we keep track of our favorite runners? The good news is that there’s an app to help you locate a specific runner by their name or bib number, and it will track them along the route.

Where to watch:

What about those of us that wont be pinning on a number and hitting the streets, now we know who to watch, maybe its a friend, maybe it’s a favorite, but where do we go to see them pass by and show our support?

  • miles 2-4 – Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn: See runners coming off the bridge and beginning the Brooklyn part of the Marathon.
  • miles 10-13 – Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn: See the participants come up to the halfway point.
  • mile 13.1 – Pulaski Bridge: You aren’t allowed on the bridge, but you can see the runners come over as they enter Queens.
  • miles 16-20 – First Avenue in Manhattan: The runners will be on First Avenue between 59th Street and the Willis Avenue Bridge.
  • miles 20-21 – Mott Haven in the Bronx: See the participants cross into the Bronx.
  • miles 23-24 – Fifth Avenue in Manhattan: You’ll get to see the runners as they enter the final leg of the marathon in Central Park.
  • miles 25-26 – Columbus Circle in Manhattan: Don’t worry, if you don’t have grandstand seating tickets you can still be part of the fun at Columbus Circle.

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Rob Grams

Rob Grams

Rob is a New York obsessed super-geek. When he's not in front of a computer writing for SecretNYC, he's on his cellphone trying to avoid eye-contact with the world in general.

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