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A Guide To The New York City Marathon

November 3, 2013 7:00 AM

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Stopped by Sandy’s wrath in 2012, the ING New York City Marathon is making a resurgent return today. The tradition typically includes upwards of 40,000 participants, as the race is one of the largest and most famous  of its kind. For runners and spectators alike, Marathon Sunday is a big day for New Yorkers. Like any large event in the Big Apple, it means crowded streets, traffic jams and backed-up subways. We have all the information you need, whether you’re looking for bridge and road closures, plan to visit to cheer on a friend or family member or want to plan the ultimate Sunday Funday.

Tracking Runners And Tips For Spectators

new york city marathon A Guide To The New York City Marathon

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The marathon goes through all five boroughs, starting on Staten Island and ending in Manhattan’s Central Park. Planning on driving into the city to catch the action? Don’t. Take the subway.

Spotting one runner among 40,000 marathon participants isn’t easy – but technology can help. The Official ING New York City Marathon Mobile Spectator App allows spectators to track up to 10 runners at once. There are also Web-based ways to track participants. Click here for more information.

Remember to dress for the day’s weather. The forecast for Sunday’s race looks promising – clear and crisp with a high of 57 degrees. For the latest weather updates, check back with CBSNewYork’s Weather Center.

If you do get chilly, spectators can stop in at certain Dunkin Donuts locations across the marathon route for free fleece hats. Below is the list of participating locations. In addition, the Dunkin Donuts at 66th St and 1st Ave will have tables set up for fans to create signs to cheer on their favorite runners. Word on the street is that Mr. Met will also be making an appearance at around 11 a.m.

9243 4th Ave (Brooklyn)
8704 4th Ave (Brooklyn)
6743 4th Ave (Brooklyn)
737 4th Avenue (Brooklyn)
578 Atlantic Ave (Brooklyn)
643 Manhattan Ave (Brooklyn)
892 Manhattan Ave (Brooklyn)
356 McGuinness Blvd (Brooklyn)
49-02 Vernon Blvd (Long Island City)
1225 1st Ave (66 & 1st Ave, Manhattan)
355 E. 86th Street (86 & 1st Ave, Manhattan)
2258 1st Ave (116 & 1st Ave, Manhattan)

Bridge and Road Closures

For a list of bridge and road closures due to the Marathon, click here.

Where To Watch

When your feet grow tired and your throat starts aching from standing and cheering on runners all day, you can check out one of these locations, located along the race route, to refuel.

Becky’s Pub
1156 First Avenue (at 63rd Street)
New York, NY 10065
(212) 317-8929

1125 First Avenue (at 62nd Street)
New York, NY 10065
(212) 832-1551

East End Bar and Grill
1664 First Avenue (at 87th Street)
New York, NY 10028
(212) 348-3783

Bar Coastal
1495 1st Avenue (at 78th Street)
New York, NY 10075-1355
(212) 288-6635

East End Tavern
1589 First Avenue (at 83rd Street)
New York, NY 10028
(212) 249-5960

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