Thousands of runners have once again descended upon NYC, as the New York City Marathon returns this weekend. The race, which covers all five boroughs of the city, is considered one of the premier marathons in the world. Last year was the biggest race in the 46-year history of the event with over 50,000 registered runners.
Most run for charity, but some run for glory. The 2015 race was the third NYC marathon swept by Kenyans, as Stanley Biwott crossed the line first for the men and Mary Keitany won her second consecutive NYC Marathon in the women’s division.
Here’s the basic info you need for Sunday:
What: 2016 TCS New York City Marathon
Where: Runners will start on the Staten Island side of the Verrazano bridge, and will traverse all five boroughs over 26.2 miles. The finish is located at Central Park, past Columbus Circle and outside Tavern on the Green.
When: Pre-race coverage starts at 7:00 a.m Eastern locally. The race will begin at 8:30, with the majority of runners released in waves to avoid crowding. Here is the full start schedule (all times Eastern):
8:30 a.m. – Professional Wheelchair Division
8:52 a.m. – Achilles Handcycle Category and Select Athletes with Disabilities
8:55 a.m. – Foot Locker Five-Borough Challenge
9:20 a.m. – Professional Women
9:50 a.m. – Wave 1 (including Professional Men)
10:15 a.m. – Wave 2
10:40 a.m. – Wave 3
11:00 a.m. – Wave 4
How to Watch: New York area residents can watch coverage from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Eastern on WABC Channel 7. The race will also stream live on abc7ny.com and the ABC app. Nationally, the race will air from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
For more information on the TCS NYC Marathon, check here.