The NYC Marathon in 2017 is a phenomenon. It’s the world’s largest 26.2 race with more applicants registering for 2017 than in the race’s 47 years of existence. It’s no surprise that the nation’s most populated city would have the largest and most dynamic marathon. If you’ve never been to this race, come to the Big Apple and join in the excitement. The safest, greenest and surest way to travel is by chartering a bus for your group.
NYC Marathon Facts
The NYC Marathon takes place on Sunday, November 5 and record-breaking numbers are expected. In fact, 20 percent more people applied for 2017 than in 2016. The estimated number of runners is 50,000, and 34,000 will enter the race through guaranteed qualifying means, such as running for charity, accomplishing a qualifying time at a sanctioned race or finishing 9 NYRR races and volunteering at one within a year. (Runners World)
What You Should Know About the Marathon
If you’re running or watching, it’s good to know that the categories of runners and starting times:
8:30 a.m. Professional Wheelchair Division
8:52 a.m. Achilles Handcycle Category and Select Athletes with Disabilities
8:55 a.m. Foot Locker Five-Borough Challenge
9:20 a.m. Professional Women
9:50 a.m. Wave 1 (including Professional Men)
10:15 a.m. Wave 2
10:40 a.m. Wave 3
11:00 a.m. Wave 4
Runners have color codes based on the time and location where they start the race. The base colors of runners’ numbers indicate their start village. The staging area is a Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island.
The TCS New York City Marathon website can provide you with lots of information.
No spectators can enter the staging area, only registered applicants and guides. The only bags runners can bring into Fort Wadsworth are the UPS Babbage bag or the Start Village bag issued to the runner at the expo. Also, all bags are subject to inspection when runners enter the Start Village. The NYPD will be at the race to provide security.
Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational
Young folks are not left out of this race. In fact, 2017 is the third year that hundreds of Rising New York Road Runners can run the final portion of the TCS New York City Marathon course in Central Park. They’ll run ahead of the 50,000 adult runners and cross the finish line before them. This part of the race starts on the 72nd Street Transverse near the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. The youth course is approximately 1.5 miles.
WABC-TV Channel 7 will broadcast the youth running live, and spectators are encouraged to come in person and cheer them on.
Everyone Is a Winner at the Finish Line
What a thrill when you cross the finish line in Central Park! MarathonFoto will be there to take a video and picture of you as you cross the line. A volunteer will put a medal around your neck and United Airlines and Footlocker will present you with a HeatSheet. The Hospital for Special Surgery representative will present you with a TCS New York City Marathon runner Recovery Bag which contains Poland Spring Grand 100% Natural Spring Water, Gatorade Recovery beverage, Gatorade Thirst Quencher, a PowerBar, a New York State McIntosh apple and Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels.
Throughout the race, medical aid will be available for runners.
Information for Spectators
You’ll find yourself among people from all walks of life, all ages, all nationalities and races. What a celebration of mankind this race is! More than a million fans will show up at the race to cheer the runners on. Here are some of the best locations to watch as spectators:
Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn (Miles 2-4). Runners exit the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and run down Fourth Avenue.
Team for Kids Brooklyn Cheer Post. Fourth Avenue at Pacific Street (southeast corner).
Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Miles 10-13). This popular Brooklyn area also boasts lots of restaurants and shops.
Pulaski Bridge (Mile 13.1). While this bridge that connects Brooklyn to Long Island City, Queens is closed to spectators, you can watch runners cross it on the Queens side, which is a bit beyond the marathon’s halfway point.
First Avenue, Manhattan (Miles 16-18). You’ll find First Avenue crowded with spectators but numerous restaurants and bars add to the enthusiasm of the race.
East Harlem (Miles 18-20). Also called Spanish Harlem, the lively Latino community offers festive music to cheer on runners who hit a tough part of the course by having to run up hills.
Mott Haven, Bronx (Miles 20-21). Here are some of the least crowded marathon spots, and you can see runners race off the Wills Avenue Bridge.
Fifth Avenue, East 90th Street-East, 105th Street (Miles 23-24). This stretch of Fifth Avenue lines the east side of Central Park where lots of museums are located — the Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum, the National Academy Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the Museum of the City of New York. Watch runners before they enter the final stretch in Central Park.
The only way to see the final yards near the finish line is to buy a Grandstand Seating ticket ahead of time.
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