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NYC Marathon Spectator Guide
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Want to get into the party spirit for the NYC Marathon that’s taking place on November 5? We’ve rounded up some of the top events to get you in the mood, from where to take your pre-race selfies through to partying like a champion:

Dinner Fit For A King

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Need to fuel-up before the big day? The New York City Marathon Eve Dinner will be serving up a delicious buffet prepared by chefs from trendy restaurant Tavern on the Green. It’s a fun evening where you can chat with other participants and their families, and fill-up on tasty food ahead of the race. The dinner will take place in Central Park at the NYC Marathon Pavilion on November 4 from 3:30 pm to 8 pm. Tickets are $35 per person. Buy tickets for the New York City Marathon Eve Dinner.

Pre-Race Selfie

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The Marathon Expo is where runners go to take their obligatory pre-race selfie after they collect their bib numbers. The expo is located at the Marathon Pavilion in Central Park. Runners can collect their bib numbers, take selfies and stock up on free goodies such as nutrition bars and shakes. There will be stalls selling running gear, so it’s a great place to stock up on new workout clothes too. The expo takes place on November 2-3 from 10 am – 8 pm and November 4 from 9 am – 5 pm. 

Quick 5k

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The ‘Dash to Finish’ is a 5k race that takes place on November 4, the day before the big race. It’s a great activity for families and friends who aren’t running on the big day but still want to get in on some of the action. The race starts near the United Nations in East Midtown and ends at Central Park. You need to register in advance for the Dash to Finish race. Need a place to crash after working up a sweat? Check out all accommodation options in New York.

Party Like A Champ

If you’re one of the front runners, this is the event for you. The Night of Champions is a glitzy event that features auctions, music, entertainment, cocktails and great food. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with champions and other runners.  The event takes place on November 3. You can purchase an attendee ticket for $300 and all proceeds go to New York’s Road Runners youth and community programs. Buy Night of Champions tickets.

Marathon Opening Ceremony

How to celebrate the NYC Marathon
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Head to the Marathon Opening Ceremony for a spectacular evening where you can watch runners from around the world take part in a cultural parade — plus there will be a jaw-dropping firework display once the parade ends. The ceremony will take place at Central Park West and 67th Street and entry is free. It will take place on October 31 from 5:25 pm – 7:00 pm. Doors open at 4 pm so be sure to arrive early to bag your spot!

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