2022 Guide to the NYC Marathon

2022 Guide to the NYC Marathon
Nov 06, 2023
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The running of the New York City Marathon is one of the city's most anticipated events each year, attracting more than 50-thousand runners from around the world. The marathon reaches into all 5 NYC boros attracting amateurs and professionals alike battling for hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money and notoriety. The average finish time is just over four and a half hours. The NYC Marathon is watched by more than 300 million people worldwide.

The NYC Marathon begins at 8am in Staten Island with the Professional Wheelchair Division, followed by the Handcycle Category and Athletes with Disabilities at 8:22am. At 8:40am comes the Professional Women's Open Division followed by the Professional Men's Division at 9:05am. That is followed by five waves of runners starting at 9:10am.

Where to Watch:

MILE 1: Starting point at Verrazano Bridge on Staten Island side.

MILE 2: Staten Island and Brooklyn on the eastern half of the bridge.

MILES 2-4: Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (Backdrop for the classic 1970s movie Saturday Night Fever.)

MILES 4–6: Course continues straight on Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

MILES 6–8: Fourth Avenue toward Lafayette Avenue, in Brooklyn in the direction of Barclays Center.

MILE 8: The race’s three starts finally converge as the runners pass Brooklyn’s Williamsburgh Savings Bank and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

MILE 9: The race continues into Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood along Lafayette Avenue.

MILES 10-12: The race continues along Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg.

MILE 13: Runners reach the halfway point on the Pulaski Bridge and continue into Queens.

MILES 14-15: Runners make their way through Long Island City

MILE 16: There are no spectators permitted on the Queensboro Bridge as runners make their way into Manhattan.

MILES 17-18: Runners are greeted by huge, cheering crowds along First Avenue in Manhattan.

MILE 19: The course continues up First Avenue into East Harlem.

MILE 20: As runners reach the northernmost part of First Avenue, the Willis Avenue Bridge carries marathoners into the Bronx, the fifth borough of their citywide tour.

MILE 21: In the Bronx, the Madison Avenue Bridge takes runners back over the Harlem River into Manhattan.

MILE 22: Runners follow along the western half of Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem before continuing down Fifth Avenue.

MILE 23: World-famous museums dot this stretch of the course: El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, and the Guggenheim.

MILES 24–25: Manhattan’s Central Park becomes the last stop.

MILE 26: Excitement is high as runners exit the park onto Central Park South and approach Columbus Circle.

MILE 26.2: Runners return to Central Park for their homestretch run on West Drive to the TCS New York City Marathon finish line!

Celebrities Taking Part in This Year’s Marathon

Ashton Kutcher, Ellie Kemper, Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes, Matt James, Tiki Barber, and Claire Holt among the celebrities to run in the TCS New York City Marathon. For the full list click here

New App for Runner Tracking

For the first time in the history of major marathons, the professional men’s and women’s wheelchair and open division races will be livestreamed on the app in their entirety, empowering fans to swipe between feeds and watch the race of their choice. For more info click here

How to Tune In and Watch

Watch the broadcast live on race day on WABC-TV, Channel 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST. Pre-race coverage from Fort Wadsworth begins at 7:00 a.m. EST. Live streaming will also be available on the ABC 7 New York App and ABC7NY.com from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST.

Watch nationally

Watch live coverage from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST on ESPN2 and via the ESPN App on smartphones, tablets and connected streaming devices.

Fun Facts

1970 year of the first New York City Marathon, with 127 starters, 55 finishers, and a $1 entry fee
1976 year of the first five-borough marathon


2:05:06 men’s open division course record (Geoffrey Mutai, 2011)
2:22:31 women’s open division course record (Margaret Okayo, 2003)
1:29:22 men’s wheelchair division course record (Kurt Fearnley, 2006)
1:43:04 female wheelchair division course record (Tatyana McFadden, 2015)
53,639 finishers in 2019, the most ever in any marathon


850 buses transporting runners to the start on Staten Island
21,000+ runners transported to the start on the Staten Island Ferry
1,475 portable toilets

For more information, visit https://www.nyrr.org/tcsnycmarathon

Map provided by New York Road Runners)

Author: Editor's Pick

All Five Boros
NYC citywide, NY


All events and times are subject to change.