The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon is this Sunday, November 6th! The NYC Marathon has grown from 55 finishers in its first year to nearly 50,000 finishers in 2015, making it the world’s biggest marathon. More than 50,000 athletes are expected to run this year through all five boroughs of New York City.
Whether you’re running, volunteering, joining the millions of spectators, or watching at home, Marathon Sunday is sure to be an exciting day. Here’s what you need to know about the 2016 NYC Marathon:
The 2016 NYC marathon start time is 8:30 a.m. EST. Below is a complete list of 2016 NYC Marathon start times.
- 8:30 a.m. Wheelchair Division
- 8:52 a.m. Handcycle Category and Select Ambulatory 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
These times are subject to change, so visit tcsnycmarathon.org for the latest info.
The 26.2-mile course takes runners through all five boroughs: first Staten Island, followed by Brooklyn, then Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx, before finishing back in Manhattan in Central Park.
Best Places To Watch
Here’s a list of the top places to see the runners, so you can plan your viewing areas in advance. These recommendations are all included in the race organizer’s official spectator guide.
Unfortunately, spectator viewing isn’t allowed at the starting line or on the Verrazano Bridge. If you’re in the NYC-metro area, you can watch on WABC-TV, Channel 7. And anyone, anywhere can follow runners’ progress on the TCS New York City Marathon mobile app.
Here are the six best spots to see the runners throughout the course:
Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn (Miles 2-4): Though you can’t see runners at the start of the race, you can catch them exiting the Verrazano Bridge and making their way along Fourth Avenue.
Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Miles 10-13): Keep an eye out for your favorite runner along this popular stretch in Brooklyn before the race’s halfway mark.
Pulaski Bridge (Mile 13.1): The Pulaski Bridge connects Brooklyn to Long Island City. The bridge is closed to spectators, but many fans wait on the Queens side, just past the halfway point. Your cheers and encouragement will be especially welcome here as runners head into the second half of the 26.2 mile race.
First Avenue between 59th St. and 96th St., Manhattan (Miles 16-18): First Avenue is always packed with spectators who line the sidewalks. If you’re trying to see a runner, just make sure they know which side of the street you’ll be on. The crowds are really dense, and runners may not hear you calling their name.
East Harlem, 96th St. to 138th St. (Miles 18-20): This neighborhood is known for providing energetic music, which is always appreciated by runners late in the race. Runners can also hit the dreaded “wall” here, so it’s a great place to cheer them on!
Museum Mile, Fifth Avenue between 103rd St. and 86th St., (Miles 23-24): Along the east side of Central Park, this stretch of Fifth Avenue includes the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, the National Academy Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the Museum of the City of New York. You can also catch the runners before they enter the final stretch in Central Park.
The final miles take runners through Central Park and to the finish at 67th Street on West Drive. To see the final stretch of the race, you’ll need to buy a Grandstand Seating ticket in advance (tickets are limited).
Central Park West, south of West 66th Street: The post-finish area in and near Central Park (north of the finish line) is a runners-only zone. You can reunite with runners in the Family Reunion area, open from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
It’s a huge area, so select a letter in advance to make the reunion easier (we suggest the first letter of the runner’s last name). Enter the Family Reunion from Broadway at the cross-street that correlates with the letter you’ve chosen. If you’d rather avoid the crowds in the park, you can choose a local restaurant, bar, or hotel to be your meeting spot.
Here’s a great way to see the 26.2 mile course, even if you aren’t running the race this coming Sunday!
Due to street closures and traffic, public transit is the best way to get around on race day. But if you want to drive, reserve your parking spot in advance. One of the best places to find parking is near the finish line and family reunion area.
You can reserve NYC Marathon parking by clicking on the pins below or visiting SpotHero’s NYC Marathon parking page.
Here’s a full list of NYC marathon street closures:
- Bay Street between Richmond Terrace and School Road
- Fingerboard Road between Bay Street and Tompkins Avenue
- Tompkins Avenue between Fingerboard Road and School Road
- School Road between Bay Street and Staten Island Expressway
- Lily Pond Avenue between Staten Island Expressway and McClean Avenue
- McClean Avenue between Lily Pond Avenue and New York Avenue
- Dahlgren Place between Verrazano Bridge and 92nd Street (Northbound)
- 92nd Street between Dahlgren Place and 4th Avenue
- 4th Avenue between 92nd Street and Flatbush Avenue
- Flatbush Avenue between 4th Avenue and Lafayette Avenue
- Lafayette Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Bedford Avenue
- Brooklyn Queens Expressway (Southbound) between Verrazano Bridge and 79th Street
- 7th Avenue between 79th Street and 75th Street/Bay Ridge Parkway
- 7th Avenue between 74th and 75th Street/Bay Ridge Parkway
- 74th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
- 6th Avenue between 74th and 75th Street/Bay Ridge Parkway
- Bay Ridge Parkway between 7th Avenue and 4th Avenue
- Fort Hamilton Parkway between 92nd Street and 94th Street
- 94th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 4th Avenue
- Bedford Avenue between Lafayette Avenue and Nassau Avenue
- Nassau Avenue between Bedford Avenue/Lorimer Street and Manhattan Avenue
- Manhattan Avenue between Nassau Avenue and Greenpoint Avenue
- Greenpoint Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and McGuiness Boulevard
- McGuiness Boulevard between Greenpoint Avenue and 48th Avenue (Southbound)
- Pulaski Bridge (Southbound)
- Pulaski Bridge (Southbound)
- 48th Avenue between 11th Street and Vernon Boulevard
- Vernon Boulevard between 48th Avenue and 10th Street
- 10th Street between Vernon Boulevard and 44th Drive
- 44th Drive between 10th Street and Hunter Street
- Hunter Street between 44th Drive and Crescent Street
- Crescent Street between Hunter Street and Queens Plaza South
- Queens Plaza South between Crescent Street and 23rd Street
- Queens Plaza North between Crescent Street and 23rd Street
- 23rd Street between Queens Plaza South and Queens Plaza North
- Queensboro Bridge (Eastbound)
- Queensboro Bridge (Vehicle Entrance Ramp Eastbound)
- East 59th Street between 59th Street Bridge and 1st Avenue
- 1st Avenue between East 59th Street and Willis Avenue Bridge
- 60th Street between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue
- Madison Avenue Bridge
- Willis Avenue Bridge/Willis Avenue
- East 135th Street between Willis Avenue and Alexander Avenue
- Alexander Avenue between East 135th Street and East 138th Street
- East 138th Street between Alexander Avenue and Morris Avenue
- Morris Avenue between East 138th Street and East 140th Street
- East 140th Street between Morris Avenue and Rider Avenue
- Rider Avenue between East 140th Street and East 138th Street
- East 138th Street between Rider Avenue and Madison Avenue Bridge
- Madison Avenue Bridge
- 5th Avenue between 138th Street and 124th Street
- 124th Street between Madison Avenue and Mount Morris Park West
- Mount Morris Park West between 124th Street between 120th Street
- 120th Street between Mount Morris Park West and 5th Avenue
- 5th Avenue between 120th Street and 90th Street
- 90th Street between 5th Avenue and East Drive (Central Park Southbound)
- East Drive between 90th Street and Grand Army Plaza
- Grand Army Plaza between East Drive and Central Park South
- 59th Street between 5th Avenue and Columbus Circle/8th Avenue/Central Park West
- Central Park Driveway/8th Avenue Approach to West Drive
- West Drive between 8th Avenue Approach and 96th Street Approach to West Drive
- 96th Street Approach to West Drive
- 67th Street Approach to West Drive
The following streets will be closed Sunday from 7 am to 6 pm for the NYC Marathon Family Reunion:
- Central Park West between 59th Street and 96th Street
- 60th Street between Central Park West and Broadway
- 61st Street between Central Park West and Broadway
- 62nd Street between Central Park West and Broadway
- 63rd Street between Central Park West and Broadway
- 64th Street between Central Park West and Broadway
- 65th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 66th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 67th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 69th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 70th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 72nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 73rd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 74th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 75th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 82nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 83rd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 84th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- 85th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
- Columbus Avenue between 85th Street and Broadway
- Broadway between Columbus Avenue and Columbus Circle
Mobile App and Runner Tracking
- Live, on-map tracking of up to 20 runners with splits at the start, every 5K, half, and finish
- Live pro-athlete leaderboard
- NYRR Race Predictor Powered by Tata Consultancy Services
- Spectator course-map points of interest
- Interactive expo map
- 2017 TCS New York Marathon Sweepstakes
- Make a donation to NYRR Mighty Milers
- Race calendar and race FAQs
- TCS Runfographics
- Unlock the Smile Markers
3 Race Day Tips
- Use the NYC marathon mobile app to track your runner.
- If you’re trying to find a specific runner, make a sign with their name on it. It makes it much easier for them to spot you as they are running by.
- Double check your clocks. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, 11/6/16. Set your clock back one hour. That means an extra hour of sleep for you on race day!