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How long is the New York City Marathon 2021? distance, route, map & finish line

From Staten Island all the way to Manhattan, the New York Marathon is bringing people together from all over the globe on Sunday. Find info on the race here.

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How long is the New York City Marathon 2021? distance, route, map & finish line

The New York City Marathon returns again on Sunday, Nov. 7 where all five boroughs of the city will witness the great event- Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Manhattan.

There are about 300K runners who have signed up for the 26.2-mile course, and luckily the weather forecast that day is just about right for runners: high 40’s and partly cloudy skies.

Here’s everything you need to know about the race:

New York City Marathon starting times - times in ET

8 a.m. Professional wheelchair division
8:22 .m. Handcycle category and certain athletes with disabilities
8:40 a.m. Professional women
9:05 a.m. Professional men
9:10 a.m. Wave 1
9:55 a.m. Wave 2
10:40 a.m. Wave 3
11:20 a.m. Wave 4
12 p.m. Wave 5

New York City Marathon Route

The race begins in Staten Island, Fort Wadsworth, early on Sunday morning, and turns north through Brooklyn and Queens. Then it heads west across Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan, up north into the Bronx and finishes in Central Park, Manhattan.

The first mile of the race is an uphill climb up the bridge, and the second is downhill, heading off the bridge to Brooklyn. The next 11 miles are all about the views, and living in the present moment; the route will be flat and steady, wind will be less aggressive, and neighborhoods will be cheering out loud.

The Intersection of Fourth Avenue and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn will be an easy transit option from across the city, and is easily accessible by 5 trains.

The tougher part of the race will be at the 20-mile mark, where racers will be tested mentally and physically at that point. 135th Street and Alexander Avenue is where you can show your support, and watch thousands make it past that point.

Another dominant area that’s usually filled with spectators cheering on racers is Manhattan’s First Avenue from 59th Street to 96th Street. There are plenty of restaurants and bars there to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and have a snack as you await the runners.

The final 10K will be so worth the muscle burn, and once racers make it past mile 25, they’ll exit Central park to find huge cheering crowds along 59th street, near Columbus Circle.

How to Watch the race?

The marathon is broadcasting live on ESPN2 (8:30-11:30 a.m. ET), while WABC-TV, and local Channel 7 will broadcast 8:30-1:30 p.m. ET.

Live streaming will also be available on the ABC App and ABC7NY.com from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. 

Fubo.TV will also be broadcasting, and you could use the 7-day trial if you don’t want to pay upfront. 

Celebrities running the race

The elite field is looking very exciting this year, with several U.S. women soccer members, including Abby Wambach, Lauren Holiday, Leslie Osborne and Kate Markgraf.

Somali-Dutch Olympic silver medalist Abdi Nageeye, and four-time Olympic medalist Kenenisa Bekele are making their way down to New York City as well. Long distance runners Jared Ward and Ben True will also be racing on home soil, along with many others.

2 years after the COVID-19 outbreak, New York is about to show the world its colors and grit again, just like the Marathon director said,"This year’s marathon will show the toughness of New York, the grit of New York, the determination of New York," Ted Metellus.