New York Marathon 2023: route, schedule, interesting facts
The New York City Marathon is an event that is eagerly awaited every year. This year’s marathon will begin on November 5, 2023 in Staten Island and end in Central Park. Whether you’re a runner, a spectator, or even someone who doesn’t care about marathons at all, you need to know how to get around the city during a marathon, reports the New York Times.
Thousands of spectators will line the route through all five boroughs to cheer on friends, family and strangers – experienced athletes and amateurs alike. Marathon day usually resembles a giant 74km party with banners, bands and cheers. A marathon is an event that brings together both participants and spectators. Support the runners and enjoy the vibrant holiday atmosphere. The race is organized by New York Road Runners.
Last year’s marathon day was unseasonably warm, and rain that continued throughout the weekend this fall could cause significant weather concerns for runners. The good news is that the forecast for Sunday is favorable for running: temperatures will range from 5 to 15 degrees.
What time does the marathon start?
After the start of the men’s elite race, the remaining competitors are divided into five waves based on their estimated finishing time. This avoids crowding of participants in the early stages of the race.
- 8:00 Arrival of professional athletes in wheelchairs
- 8:22 Category “Manual wheelchairs” and individual athletes with disabilities
- 8:40 Women professionals
- 9:05 Male professionals
- 9:10 Wave 1 of the remaining participants
- 9:45 Wave 2
- 10:20 Wave 3
- 10:55 Wave 4
- 11:30 wave 5
The race will begin in Staten Island, then turn north through Brooklyn and Queens, before runners head west over the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan, north into the Bronx and back to Manhattan. The finish line is located in Central Park next to West 60s.
Where is the best place to watch the New York City Marathon?
Most of the course, with the exception of some bridges, is open to spectators. If you’re looking for an observation spot that’s easily accessible from other parts of the city, you can head to Fourth Avenue and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn – near the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center stop, served by the B, D, N, Q, R, 2 trains. , 3, 4 and 5.
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If you’re looking for a place where your shouting can make a real difference, head to the Bronx. The 20-mile section of the course, which takes place near 135th Street and Alexander Avenue, is a notoriously difficult section where some competitors may hit a so-called wall.
And if you like to cheer in a crowd, the stretch of First Avenue from 59th Street to 96th Street in Manhattan, lined with bars and restaurants, is always packed with spectators.
When are runners expected to finish?
- 9:30 Professional wheelchair athletes
- 9:40 Professional women’s wheelchair athletes
- 11:05 Women professionals
- 11:15 Professional men
- 11:55 The remaining participants will begin to cross the finish line
- 20:30 Finish crossing the finish line.
What’s changed this year
Last year, extreme heat forced organizers to increase the number of water cups and Gatorade at hydration stations along the course, said Ted Metellus, race director.
Metellus was pleased to see renewed interest in the race since the height of the pandemic. More than 125,000 people have applied to take part in the race this year, up from 89,000 last year. He also noted that the city has seen an increase in the number of running teams and organized running clubs that can be seen at the race and on the sidelines.
At the annual marathon expo, held at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s Far West Side, Road Runners coaches will, as usual, present advance information about the course. A new addition this year is a second stage, which will host discussions and sessions focused on the running community and industry.
To kick off marathon week, Road Runners added a youth race in Central Park that attracted more than 1,000 kids.
Which streets will be blocked?
The upper level of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn, will close at 11 pm on Saturday, November 4; the lower level will close at 7 a.m. Sunday. Both levels will open at 4pm on Sunday 5 November.
Other roads along the route will close between 6:30 and 8:30am on Sunday. The roads will reopen after the majority of race participants have passed through them, from 1:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Runners will still be on the course after roads reopen, but they must move to sidewalks.
How to watch the New York Marathon on TV
If you’re watching from home, the race will be shown live on ESPN2 and in Spanish on ESPN3 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET. In New York, local coverage will be on WABC-TV Channel 7 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
How to watch the marathon broadcast through the application
The TCS New York City Marathon app has added live streaming in 2022. You will be able to watch all four professional races (men’s, women’s, wheelchair and open) in full, as well as watch runners pass through five points along the course.
New this year to the app will be commentary from marathon runners Des Linden, Galen Rupp and Amanda McGrory. The application, among other things, allows you to follow runners in real time.
The race always features celebrity participants, and this year will feature marathon runners and first-timers alike.
- Grammy and Tony Award winner Patina Miller will sing the national anthem at the starting line on Staten Island before the race. Like many other marathon runners, she raises money for a charity: Komera, which provides resources to young women in Rwanda.
- Actor Luke MacFarlane runs with family members to raise money for a diabetes research and relief charity.
- Shanell Jones, a correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show, will make her marathon debut on Sunday.
- Nev Shulman, producer and host of MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show,” has competed in the race six times before, but this is the first time he will guide a visually impaired athlete in a race sponsored by Achilles International, an organization that pairs guides with disabled runners. .
- Robin Roberts, David Muir and 10 other ABC News employees will run the marathon as a relay to raise money for Team For Kids, the Road Runners charity that supports its free youth and community events.
- The marathon always attracts athletes from other sports, and this year Zdeno Chara, a retired Stanley Cup champion, will be able to see him, given his height of 2 meters 5 centimeters.
- Olympian Steve Mesler has a gold medal in bobsled racing and will be looking to add a marathon medal to that.
- Matt James and Zach Clark from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” have already participated in the race, and they will participate again this year.
- Another regular participant in the marathon is YouTube director Casey Neistat.