The long distance running world’s elite will be gathered in the Big Apple for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Nov. 6 and we’ve got all your ways to watch the epic event. The course runs 26.2 miles through the greatest city in the world and is such an amazing spectacle. Keep reading for all the details!
The best of the best will be lacing up their running shoes for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon and of course the most amazing way to watch it is from anywhere along the glorious 26.2 mile race route throughout all five boroughs. But since most of us aren’t that lucky, we’ve got your covered on when and how to watch this incredible event.
What time does the race begin?
The wheelchair athletes will be the first ones out on the course at 8:30 a.m. EST Nov. 6. The first wave of elite runners will leave the starting line at 9:50 a.m. EST, followed by three more waves leaving the start at 10:15 a.m., 10:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively.
Where can I watch the race:
Coverage runs on ESPN2 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST on Sun. Nov. 6, and you can watch the live stream right here. In case you won’t be in front of a laptop or TV, ESPN’s got you covered via their mobile app where you can watch the race right there on your phone! John Anderson and Sage Steele will serve as lead announcers along with 13 other reporters along the course.
Locally for those in the tri-state area, WABC-TV Channel 7 will be broadcasting the event live, with pre-race coverage starting at 7 a.m. EST.
Where does the race take place?
The TCS NYC Marathon kicks off on Staten Island then winds its way through Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, before finally finishing up in Manhattan with the gorgeous last three miles being ran along Central Park.
Who is favored to win the race?
Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai and Wilson Kipsang are top picks to hit the finish line first, even though this is Wilson’s first NYC Marathon. Geoffrey holds the course record with a mind-blowing time of 2:05:06. Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa and Gebre Gebremariam both have personal bests under that and are looking to break his record.
The annual race is such a tradition for New York residents, who have made it the most attended marathon in the world with over two million people lining the course to cheer on the nearly 50,000 runners in the epic event. The weather looks to be a gorgeous autumn day with highs in the low 60’s, perfect for both the athletes and the spectators!
HollywoodLifers, will you be watching the New York City Marathon? Take our poll and VOTE!