New York City boasts one of the world’s greatest marathons, not just because of the high number of participants, but also for the unique atmosphere and outstanding crowd support.
This is community spirit at it’s best - over 2 million spectators line the streets to enthusiastically cheer for runners they have never met.
The wide range of participants – from world-class professional athletes to first time marathoners – run 26.2 miles through all five New York City boroughs.
Pride, Camaraderie, and Solidarity
There is a definite sense of solidarity at this annual event as people come together to participate in and support an impressive athletic endeavor. The spirit of fun and camaraderie is infectious.
Plenty of pride is on display at the marathon, for New York City and beyond. International participants wear the colors of their home countries. Runners commonly wear their names on the front of their shirts, which spectators yell out in support as the runners pass by.
For most runners, entry into this popular annual road race far from automatic. Over 50,000 runners participate each year. For those not guaranteed entry (by having a qualifying time, running for a charity, or some other way of meeting the requirements for guaranteed entry), a lottery system is used to select the running field.
For more information, see the ING NYC Marathon website.
The race starts in Staten Island and immediately enters Brooklyn by way of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. It continues into Queens, crosses the East River to go up the east side of Manhattan and into the Bronx. The course then returns to Manhattan and ends in Central Park.
Two great spots for viewing the marathon:
The best runners start around 9 am and everyone else follows within the next two hours. The top runners finish in just over two hours but runners will be on the city streets until well into the afternoon.
For more information, go to the ING NYC Marathon website.