How to Watch NYC Marathon 2015 Online for Free

The Verrazano Bridge marks the start of one of racing's most iconic events. (Getty)

The Verrazano Bridge marks the start of one of racing’s most iconic events. (Getty)

Over 50,000 runners will hit the streets of New York City Sunday for the TCS NYC Marathon. The world’s largest marathon plans to be even bigger this year, with over 80,000 lottery applicants received.

Of course, it’s still a professional road race, and one of six races in the World Marathon Majors. Over $700,000 in prize money will be awarded Sunday, including $100,000 each for the men’s and women’s champion. The Americans, while not traditionally favored to win, have solid competitors in this year’s race. Meb Keflezighi is the last American to win a major marathon (Boston 2014), while 18 year old Alana Hadley could be the best American runner we’ve ever seen.

Pre-race coverage will start at 7 a.m. and can be seen on WABC in the New York Area, and on WatchESPN everywhere else. Here’s how to watch the race online and on mobile devices:


Watch TCS New York City Marathon Online

Meb Keflezighi is the top American male in Sunday's race. (Getty)

Meb Keflezighi is the top American male in Sunday’s race. (Getty)

Users in the New York area can watch pre-race coverage on Watch ABC. To see if you’re in the area, check the live stream here.

If you have the log-in info for a cable subscription with access to WatchESPN, you can watch the race at WatchESPN.com. You’ll need a cable log-in and password, or the log-in and password of someone you know, to access the stream.

You can also watch ESPN through Sling TV, which is an online streaming service that provides coverage of a handful of channels (including ESPN and ESPN2) for a monthly fee. They offer a free seven-day trial.


Watch TCS New York City Marathon on Mobile

Over 50,000 runners will trek across all five boroughs on Sunday. (Getty)

Over 50,000 runners will trek across all five boroughs on Sunday. (Getty)

Mobile and tablet users with access to Watch ESPN can watch the race on the Watch ESPN app. As is the case with desktop, you’ll need the log-in for a cable subscription with access to ESPN. You can download the app for free in the App Store , the Google Play store, the Amazon App store or the Windows Store.

Moreover, if you have a subscription to Sling TV, you can watch it on their app, which is free to download. Find it here for Apple and here for Android.

Users in the NYC area can watch pre-race coverage via the Watch ABC app. You’ll need a cable subscription log-in for access, but you can download the app for free in the App Store, the Google Play Store, Amazon App store or the Windows Store.


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