NEW YORK, NY — It’s the first weekend of November, which means marathon fever is sweeping New York City. As tens of thousands of runners and hand-cyclists traverse 26.2 miles through New York’s streets, many more will be watching from both the sidewalk and their living rooms.
There are a number of ways that spectators can take in the marathon. Read on to see how you can get in on the action:
When to watch:
The New York City Marathon draws the world’s best distance runners, running enthusiasts and casual runners. Marathon organizers strategically space out start times to ensure that runners of similar calibers are grouped together.
Spectators also reap rewards from this system. If you don’t care much for running, but want to cheer on your family members or coworkers, you know you won’t have to watch until later on.
Be sure to ask whoever you’re watching for what time they are scheduled to start the course.
Here’s a full list of start times.
Where to watch:
New Yorkers and tourists will be out in full force early Sunday morning to claim a prime spot to watch the runners. If you want to see all the runners with an unobstructed view, prepare to wake up early in order to claim a good spot.
The course’s main stretches on Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue and Manhattan’s First and Fifth avenues are always popular among spectators, but the crowds can be spread more thin because the course runs along the avenues for dozens of blocks.
Notable locations that can get packed include the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge, were runners entering the borough from Queens begin the 16th mile of the race, and near the finish line in Central Park.
Watching from home:
The New York City Marathon is an internationally-renowned event, and most people tuning into this year’s race will be watching from home. In the New York City area, ABC7 will broadcast the race from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live streaming will also be offered on the ABC app.
ESPN 2 will host the nationwide broadcast, also from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the New York Road Runners. Again, viewers have the option of watching the broadcast using their phones or tablets and the ESPN App.
Both broadcasts will likely focus on the professional runners and fast finishers. Facebook will take over with a finish line stream from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a “final finishers” celebration from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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