About 50,000 runners are expected to cover the 26.2-mile, five-borough course of the TCS New York City Marathon Sunday, beginning at Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth and ending at Manhattan’s Central Park. Organized by the New York Road Runners, or NYRR, it is the last of the six annual events constituting the World Marathon Majors, or WMM.
The reigning New York City Marathon women’s champion, Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo, who is also the winner of the last two Boston Marathons and Chicago Marathons, withdrew from the event Oct. 3. RunBlogRun reported Friday one of Jeptoo’s out-of-competition urine samples in September tested positive for a banned substance. Its report was later confirmed by the Associated Press. Meanwhile, the runner-up last year, Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba, will also compete this year.
On the men’s side of the New York City Marathon, Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, currently in third place in the WMM rankings, could earn $600,000 should he win this race. The marathon features a $100,000 prize for its winner, and the WMM will award $500,000 for its 2013-2014 title. If Kipsang does not win the race, the WMM title will go to countryman Dennis Kimetto.
Other runners of note in the men’s field include Geoffrey Mutai, the defending two-time New York City Marathon champion and 2010 winner Gebre Gebremariam. The highest-ranked American and 2014 Boston Marathon winner, Meb Keflezighi, will also compete in the race. (The 2012 New York City Marathon was canceled due to Superstorm Sandy.)
“We’re proud to welcome Wilson, a world-renowned marathon icon; Buzunesh, the ultimate running ambassador for our city; and an unparalleled field to ‘get their New York on’ with every stride they take through the city’s five boroughs, as they lead runners from Staten Island to Central Park,” Mary Wittenberg, CEO and president of New York Road Runners, said in a statement.
Americans To Watch
Besides Keflezighi, the 2009 New York City Marathon winner, the New York Times profiled Ryan Vail, Nick Arciniaga and Luke Puskedra on the men’s side. The local newspaper of record did likewise with Olympian Kara Goucher and 41-year-old Deena Kastor, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, on the women’s side. Other fleet-of-foot females include Annie Bersagel, Desiree Linden and Blake Russell.
New York City Marathon Start Time
The marathon gets under way in waves, beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST. The professional women start at 9:10 a.m. EST.
The marathon begins in Staten Island, makes its way through Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, and ends in Manhattan. Information in PDF files about the finish line can be found here and about family reunion areas can be found here.
Because of the race, a number of bridges and roads throughout the five boroughs will be closed in whole or in part. For example, the upper level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed Saturday beginning at midnight EDT and the lower level of the same bridge will be closed Sunday starting at 7 a.m. EST. A full list of affected roads and bridges can be found on the NYRR’s website here.
Results And How To Track Runners
New York City Marathon results can be monitored online at the TCS website. People can track runners by names or bib numbers or by watching the leaderboard. There is also a mobile app to track results.
Live Stream And Where To Watch
Live coverage of the marathon will be shown across the country on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes+ Sunday between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. EST. Additional live coverage of the event will be streamed on ESPN3 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. EST and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. EST, available only at WatchESPN.com and via the WatchESPN app.
Live coverage of the marathon will be shown in the New York area on WABC-TV between 9 a .m. and 2 p.m. EST. Coverage of the event will be streamed on 7Online and through the WatchABC app.