The New York City Marathon is set for Sunday, with more than 45,000 runners expected to participate this year in the 26-mile run from Staten Island to Central Park.
As the largest marathon in the world, the race organized by New York Road Runners attracts professional and amateur athletes as well as more than 2 million spectators annually and 315 million television viewers worldwide.
The 26.2-mile marathon course begins at the southern tip of Staten Island, then goes into Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, with the home stretch and finish winding back to Manhattan’s Central Park. Last year, the marathon was cancelled after Superstorm Sandy devastated the New York City area.
With the race back on this year, security will be heightened in light of the Boston Marathon bombing in April, which took the lives of three and injured more than 260. According to the New York Daily News, the New York Road Runners have spent more than $1 million on security, which is more than double the usual amount.
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“We’ve worked very hard on this,” Peter Ciaccia, the executive vice president of New York Road Runners, told the NYDN. “We’re totally prepared.”
The NYDN also said there will be limited public access around the finish line in Central Park and noted they have hired MSA, a global security firm, to help with security.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said the “significant number” of police officers through the five boroughs of New York City, as well as 100 mobile cameras monitoring the race and police dogs, will help keep runners and attendees safe.
“We’ve got a sound plan,” he said.
Enhanced security will include additional bag checks and restrictions of what the runners can bring and wear. Prohibited items include Camelbaks, backpacks, strollers, liquid containers larger than one liter, masks and costumes.
“If Thor comes out to run the race, he won’t be able to run it with his mask and his hammer,” Ciaccia said.
If you’ll be following the NYC Marathon, either in person or from home, here’s everything you need to stay in the know, including the course map, live stream information, start time and how to keep track of the results.
Start times vary as groups leave in waves. Groups begin to line up at 8:30 a.m. EST and the marathon first begins around 9 a.m. Check the photo below for start times.
COURSE ROUTE MAP
Photos of the course route map, start map and family reunion (finish) map are below.
The results will be updated in real time at the official ING New York City Marathon website here. You can track by individual runners, as a whole or even read archives of past results.
You can watch a live stream video of the New York City Marathon online embedded below.
The Marathon will also be returning to national television for the first time since 1993, The Washington Times reported. Locally, ABC7 in New York will broadcast the race from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. EST on their website at 7online.com, their WatchABC mobile app as well as on television (check your local listings for channel information.) ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes+ will also air live coverage (check your local listings) from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as well as through WatchESPN for video subscribers.