It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the air is crisp and runners everywhere are pounding out their last few long runs before heading to the starting line at the New York City Marathon. Headlining this year’s event is defending champions Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) and Shalane Flanagan (USA) who will be joined by a deep elite field including top contenders Des Linden, Mary Keitany, Vivian Cheruiyot, Molly Huddle, Bernard Lagat, Abdi Abdirahman and Shadrack Biwott. Whether you’re in the city or hoping to catch the race on TV, we have all the ways to watch your favorite athletes compete for the title in the Big Apple.
What, Where, When
The 48th annual TCS New York City Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 4, with the professional wheelchair division kicking off at 8:30 a.m. EST. The women’s elite division will start at 9:20 a.m. and will be followed by the men’s pro field and Wave 1 at 9:50 a.m.
How to Watch on TV
The event will be broadcast live in the tri-state area on WABC-TV (channel 7) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those in the area can also view the race via the ABC app or on ABC7NY.com from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Across the US, fans can view live coverage on ESPN2 and on the ESPN app from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you won’t be in front of your tv but have an ESPN cable subscription, you can watch from your computer on ESPN.com. For pre-race and continuing coverage, head to ESPN3 from 7 to 9 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Spanish broadcasts will be available on the ESPN app and ESPN.com via ESPN3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Internationally, viewers can watch via a variety of global broadcast partners from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST (check local listings).
Use Your Smartphone to Spectate
Download the TCS New York City Marathon App to track friends and family on the course. Each runner will have their own page within the Tracking section so you can watch live stats and even view and order race-day photos. To track from you computer, live unofficial results are available on LiveResults.NYRR.org. Viewers can check out leaderboards, map tracking, search individual runners and share their progress on Twitter and Facebook.
Watch From the Course
Those hoping to catch the action firsthand have a number of spots along the course to get a glimpse of the runners and cheer them on from the sidelines. Miles 10-13 in Brooklyn are in front of shops and restaurants where you can post up for the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee and local treats as runners pass by (Subway: G, L, M, J).
At Mile 16, the title sponsor, New Balance, will be holding a block party at First Avenue at 62nd Street. Here you’ll be treated to a DJ, local marching band and a Jumbotron as you watch the runners head into their last 10.2 miles (Subway: Q, 4, 5, 6). Possibly one of the loudest sections of the race, Miles 16-18 in Manhattan run along First Avenue and are heavily-packed with spectators excitedly high-fiving and encouraging racers (Subway: Q, 4, 5, 6).
If cheering for a good cause is more your speed, head to the Charity Cheer Zone on Fifth Avenue to set up shop. Taking place from East 90th Street to East 92nd Street, this section celebrates the more than 9,000 charity runners participating in the event and the area will have a DJ and cheer zones for select individual charities (Subway: Q, 4, 5, 6). To snap a pic of runners at the finish line at 67th Street on West Drive, you’ll need purchase a Grandstand Seating ticket in advance.
Stayed tuned for Competitor’s on-the-ground coverage of the race over the weekend and catch live updates, athlete interviews and race day results on our New York City Marathon page or via our social channels (Twitter, Facebook & Instagram).