Every year runners take to the streets of New York for the biggest marathon in the world. The annual event attracts over 50,000 athletes, from first time amateurs through to Olympic champions in the exciting road race. Along the route the New York Marathon takes in Brooklyn, Queens, Fifth Avenue and the Bronx, before finishing in the famous Central Park. First run in 1970 it has taken place every year since, except for 2012 when Hurricane Sandy hit America. The course record stands at 2 hours, 5 minute and 6 seconds, set by Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai in 2011.
The nearest airport is the John F Kennedy International Airport, which is only a 10-mile ride away from the city centre. Journey time in a taxi is less than 15 minutes. Travelling by train and subway will take an hour. Entry fee for American residents cost between $255 and $295, non-US residents are $358. As well as a place in the marathon you will receive a goody bag, local transportation, breakfast, dinner, entertainment and a medal for finishing the race. For those wishing to spectate, the marathon is free to attend. Start time will be around 10.30am for elite runners.
If you are wishing to take part in the race, apply as early as possible. There is a ballot system based on your anticipated run time, or guarantee your entrance by running for the NYRR Team for Kids charity. There are also other packages available for those running for other charities. Plan for your race by training accordingly, the official website offers an online and virtual training programme. New York is busy all year round but will prove especially difficult to navigate on marathon day, so look for accommodation in easy access of the start line. As a spectator choose in advance where you wish to watch the race.
When planning to visit New York for the Marathon, choose from a selection of houses and apartments, pent house or a spare room, B&B’s and more close to the course. You can easily get around the city by public transport of hiring a yellow taxi. Check our accommodation in New York.
There is always plenty to see in New York, from shopping to tourist attractions. There’s Central Park, the Empire State building and Statue of Liberty. The waterfalls of Niagara Falls are on the boarder, or take a helicopter tour for the ultimate view of the city.
For more information including: entering the New York Marathon, planning your race, training programmes and details on race week and race day, previous results, stories and photos, charities, volunteering at the New York Marathon and much more visit the official website.
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