The 2017 New York Marathon is today and we have the rundown on start times, along with what times the marathon airs on TV. Let’s begin with the times of each category and what to expect. 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. To view the official full start timeline, which includes race numbers, click here. For those at home, ABC has pre-event coverage airing from 7 – 9 a.m. ET and then will cover the marathon live from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET. An encore recap of the marathon will then air from 3 – 5 p.m. on ABC as well. ESPN2 will also air the marathon live at 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. ET.
According to the official website, there will be mile markers and clocks posted at every mile of the 26.2 mile course. And, all clocks posted are set to correspond to Wave 1. Timing will be at the start, every 3.1 miles to the half-marathon, which is 13.1 miles, along with every mile beginning at mile 8 and the finish. There will also be video checkpoints and volunteers, who will check race numbers throughout the run. Those who do not appear at the checkpoints may be disqualified. If you are watching from home but cannot get to a television, there are several live stream options, including free ones that are available. Click here for the details on how to watch the marathon online.
With the tragic terror attack that occurred recently on a bike path in New York City, extra security measures have been taken to ensure the safety of runners, along with race-goers. FOX News has reported that security includes hundreds of extra officers who are in plain clothes blending in, armed counterterrorism commandos, bomb-sniffing canines and rooftop snipers. The New York Police Department has also said that they will be using blocker vehicles that they have never used for an event before, in order to provide even more protection. The NYPD has also noted that there has not been any credible threat against the race. Governor Andrew Cuomo also said that there is added security at nearby airports. Plus, state police, the National Guard, the state Office of Emergency Management and additional agencies will be providing added security. The tunnels and bridges will also have more security. Many marathon runners have voiced that they feel very safe. One runner named Bill told CBS New York, “I used to be a soldier in the British military, I served with the Department of Defense in Iraq for well over a year, I’ve served in Baghdad and Tikrit, so if they couldn’t get me after two years there it doesn’t overly concern me if I’m running a marathon in New York.”
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