The 45th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon is this weekend, bringing thousands of the world’s best runners to Manhattan. The five-borough course will be more crowded than ever, after a lottery that received over 80,000 applicants. Last year the event set a record with 50,530 finishers, the third consecutive year they set a record for finishers. Add in the gorgeous weather conditions for Sunday, and the 45th race could be the biggest yet.
What started as 127 entrants running laps around Central Park has grown to one of the biggest races in the world. Over $700,000 in prize money will be awarded Sunday, including $100,000 to the overall men’s and women’s champion.
Here’s the basic info you need for Sunday:
What: 2015 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 7:30 a.m Eastern. 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. – Wheelchair Division
8:55 a.m. – Achilles Handcycle Category and Select Athletes with Disabilities
8:58 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 7-9 a.m. Eastern on WABC, while everyone else can watch on ESPN3. The full race broadcast can be seen from 9-12 on ESPN2 and the Watch ESPN app.
For more information on the TCS NYC Marathon, check here.