Marathon Sunday: What You Need to Know

Posted November 1, 2019

WHO: Runners from 129 countries who train their butts off all year long to finish this 26-and-change mile course. And there are a lot of them: 52,814 people made it to the end of the whole course last year. The average finish time for these superstars was 04:40:22.

WHAT: The New York City 2019 Marathon, of course. Last year, $40 million dollars was raised by the runners for charity.

WHEN: This Sunday morning, November 3rd. The earliest runners will start at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: The course travels through all five boroughs. The starting line is in Staten Island at the Western end of the Verrazano-Narrow Bridge and will cross the finish line in Central Park, just outside of the iconic Tavern on the Green. There are some decent viewing spots in Manhattan, like the New Balance Mile 16 Block Party at First Avenue at 62nd St., First Avenue (Miles 16-18), East Harlem (Miles 18-20), Fifth Avenue from East 90th St. to East 105th St. (Miles 23-24) and Columbus Circle.

WHY: To witness first-hand the sheer grit and determination of the runners and cheer them on!

Image via Justin Kiner/Flickr