Over 50,000 people will take to the streets of all five boroughs of the Big Apple Sunday to run 26.2 miles in the annual New York City Marathon. The world’s largest marathon brought in approximately $415 million for New York last year, according to figures from the New York Road Runners, the race's organizer. Here’s all the information you need to watch this year’s marathon.
Race Route And Road Closures: The race kicks off in Staten Island and continues through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx before returning to Manhattan and ending in Central Park. Start times vary, with the wheelchair division beginning at 8:30 a.m. The professional women begin at 9:20 a.m., and the first wave of four for professional men begins at 9:50 a.m. The last wave takes off at 11:00 a.m.
For those not running or watching the race, check the MTA’s trip planner website for the best ways to get around the city. Several roads and bridges will be closed, including the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge's upper level, which closes at midnight and will not reopen until 3:00 p.m. For a full list of all the affected roads and bridges, click here. Below is a video of the full route of the race course that gives a sense of what the runners are up against.
Tracking Runners And Viewing The Race: You can track runners during the race using the TCS New York City Marathon app. Check with the people you are following to see if they are wearing a specific running watch. Some brands, including Garmin, feature their own tracking systems. Residents and visitors can watch the race along the course. There will be cheering zones along the way where you can make signs and enjoy live entertainment.
Live-Stream Information And Final Results: The race will be broadcast in the tri-state area by WABC-TV from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The station will also provide a live stream of the race here. Coverage will also be aired on ESPN2 and through WatchESPN.
Will Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang manage a repeat of his 2014 winning time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 59 seconds, and will someone manage to beat Kenya’s Mary Keitany’s 2 hours, 25 minutes and 7 seconds? All results will be posted on the official TCS New York City Marathon website.
— Wilson Kipsang (@Kipsang_2_03_23) October 25, 2015
Keep an eye out for several celebrities running this year’s race, many of whom are raising money for charities, including singer Alicia Keys, who has been blogging about her preparations, actor Ethan Hawke, former Giants running back Tiki Barber and former tennis star James Blake.