Guide To The New York City Marathon

Wilson Kipsang crosses the finish line at the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 2, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Wilson Kipsang crosses the finish line at the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 2, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Thousands from all over the world will converge on New York City once again for the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 1. 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

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 mass transit instead.

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

Remember to dress for the day’s weather. Keeping an eye on the forecast is key, whether you are competing or cheering on a competitor. Currently, forecasters are predicting partly cloudy skies, with a high of 63 degrees and a low of 52 — prime running weather. But the forecast can change at a moments notice. For the latest weather updates, check back with CBSNewYork’s Weather Center.

If you do get chilly, spectators can stop by the Dunkin’ Donuts — the marathon’s official coffee sponsor — at 66th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan for some hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate to warm you through.

Tips For Runners

Whether this is your first major marathon or you’re a seasoned veteran, it is important to make sure you are at optimal health heading into Race Day. Official sponsor of the marathon, Hospital for Special Surgery, offers great tips on a variety of concerns runners face leading up to the big day, including how to increase your mileage, a hydration guide, a guide to finishing the race, and a race recovery guide.

Bridge And Road Closures

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

Where To Eat Nearby

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 eateries, conveniently located along the race route, to refuel.

9009 Fifth Ave.
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn 11209
(917) 509-6048

Pies ‘n’ Thighs
166 S. 4th St.
South Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
(347) 529-6090

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

Mott Haven Bar
1 Bruckner Blvd.
Mott Haven, the Bronx 10454
(718) 665-2001


One Comment

  1. Louise Zeitlin says:

    Wow I cannot believe it’s been over over 30 years since I ran the NYC Marathon. I ran in 1984 and 1985. At that time there were ONLY 12,000 plus starting runners for both races. I ran my first NYC Marathon in ’84 and finished in 5.03 hours. I ran my second one in1985 I improved and ran that race in 4:30 min. Wish I had the gumption to train and run again!

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