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NYC Marathon Spectator Guide
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Have you ever looked at a map of New York City’s five boroughs and decided you want to run through each one? If you answered yes, be sure to check out the TCS New York City Marathon, taking place on Sunday, November 5th on Staten Island.

The marathon isn’t the only show in town that week. We’ve compiled a list of the top New York City Marathon events.

The race is broken into five divisions with a total of 9 different start times spanning three hours, from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. Participants will run through each borough before ending in Manhattan’s Central Park. Pre-marathon events will kick off two days earlier on November 3rd with the Parade of Nations and a fireworks show in Central Park.

Last year, the marathon boasted a record 51,390 finishers, making it the largest marathon in the world. The average finishing time was 4 hours and 39 minutes, with top place finishers cutting that time in half. Last year’s first place runners, Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (men) and Kenya’s Mary Keitany (women), clocked in at 2 hours and 7 minutes and 2 hours and 24 minutes respectively.

Registration for the 2017 marathon is closed, but if you’re inspired to join this group of incredible athletes next year, register for the 2018 marathon.

Other Races

New York City Marathon Events
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If you’re looking for a more manageable route, The Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff starts the week. Join fellow runners on October 29th on a 5-mile run through Central Park. Spots fill up quickly for this race, so be sure to register soon.

Do 5 miles still sound too intense? Not to worry! The Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K takes place on Saturday, November 4th. This race is 3.1 miles through Manhattan, ending in Central Park.

Both of these races finish at the official New York City Marathon finish line, so you’ll still have something to brag about.

Rather watch other people run? The USATF Championship takes place just before the Abbott Dash on November 4th. Watch as the best runners in the U.S. compete to become the next national champion.

Rising New York Road Runners Jamboree

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If you’re traveling with kids and want to avoid the bigger tourist attractions, be sure to head to the Rising New York Road Runners Jamboree at Armory Track. This race kicks off the week’s festivities on October 28th. The event is open to kids between the ages of 2-18. Road Runners is the perfect way for your child to have some fun while staying active. Activities include 55-meter races, a 200-meter race for older kids, relay races, shot put, long jump, Zumba, and everyone’s favorite- a selfie station. Don’t forget to tag those selfies with the official event hashtag #RisingNYRR.

TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion

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Join in the marathon fun without having to run by heading to the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion from October 29 through November 6th The pavilion will feature movie screenings, athlete panels, official race products, workshops, photo ops, and, of course, good food and drinks. Last year’s pavilion included a screening of ‘Tracktown’ followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, and panels with Olympic long-distance runner, Shalane Flanagan and former US champion, Lauren Fleshman. This year’s line-up is sure to be just as exciting. The event is free to the public, making it a definite must-attend.

TCS New York City Marathon Expo

The marathon expo, held at Jacob K Javits Convention Center, is where you’ll pick up all your gear and get ready for the big day. From November 2nd 4th, this is your one-stop shop for everything race, fitness, and health-related. This event is one of the largest health and fitness expos in the country and will feature everything from running shoes, to fitness software and more. Past vendors include the North Face, Clif Bar, and FitBit to name a few.

Volunteer

Looking for a different way to get involved? Check out some awesome ways to volunteer. This week would not happen if not for the highly dedicated volunteers who help it run smoothly. Learn more about how you can help.

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