Your Guide to the 2021 N.Y.C. Marathon

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Everything you request to cognize astir the 50th moving of the 5 borough race.

Runners person  been waiting for Sunday’s contention    for 2  years, since 2019.
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Ashley Wong

Nov. 3, 2021, 9:13 a.m. ET

After a long, marathon-less year, the New York City Marathon returns successful triumphant manner connected Sunday, Nov. 7.

About 30,000 runners person signed up to sweat, ache and propulsion their legs to the bounds implicit the 26.2 mile people that winds done each 5 boroughs. The contention begins successful Staten Island and loops done Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx earlier ending successful Manhattan’s Central Park.

Runners person been waiting for Sunday’s contention for 2 years, since 2019, arsenic past year’s contention was canceled due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic. The past clip a New York marathon was canceled earlier that was successful 2012 aft Hurricane Sandy.

While this year’s contention volition beryllium mostly unchanged from erstwhile years, runners and spectators volition spot immoderate caller precautions successful spot for Covid-19.

Conditions for Nov. 7 look similar cleanable moving weather, with partially cloudy skies and temperatures forecast successful the debased 50s aboriginal Sunday morning.

Ted Metellus, the contention director, compared the celebratory feeling of this year’s marathon to the 2001 race, which came soon aft the Sept. 11 attacks. The tract size that twelvemonth was besides smaller and had less planetary athletes, helium said, but a immense fig of New Yorkers came to the contention to outcry their enactment and cheer connected the metropolis arsenic it returned to a consciousness of normalcy.

“It was a infinitesimal that the metropolis did travel retired and amusement a tremendous magnitude of appreciation,” Mr. Metellus said. “So galore convey you’s, truthful galore invited backs. I consciousness similar determination volition beryllium a akin feeling this twelvemonth successful 2021, seeing what we each went done past year.”

Here’s everything you request to cognize astir this year’s race.

  • 8 a.m. Professional Wheelchair Division

  • 8:22 a.m. Handcycle Category and Select Athletes with Disabilities

  • 8:40 a.m. Professional Women’s Open Division

  • 9:05 a.m. Professional Men’s Open Division

  • 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

The 26.2 mile race begins successful Staten Island, looping northbound done Brooklyn and Queens. Runners past caput westbound crossed the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan, up northbound into the Bronx earlier returning to Manhattan to extremity successful Central Park.


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If you’re looking for an casual transit enactment from crossed the city, spell to the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Flatbush Avenue successful Brooklyn, served by the B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5 trains.

If you’re looking to marque a large interaction connected the runners, spell to the Bronx. The race’s 20-mile mark, astir 135th Street and Alexander Avenue, is simply a notoriously challenging portion of the contention wherever runners whitethorn deed the proverbial “wall.”

If you’re the benignant of idiosyncratic who likes a assemblage to cheer with, First Avenue from 59th Street to 96th Street successful Manhattan is ever lined with spectators, particularly with each the bars and restaurants connected this portion of the course.

  • 9:30 a.m. — Men’s Professional Wheelchair Athlete Finish

  • 9:40 a.m. — Women’s Professional Wheelchair Athlete Finish

  • 11:05 a.m. — Professional Women’s Finish

  • 11:15 a.m. — Professional Men’s Finish

  • 11:55 a.m. — Finishers passim the day

The tract of 30,000 participants is astir 40 percent smaller than the 2019 event, which saw a small much than 53,000 runners.

Runners indispensable supply impervious of astatine slightest 1 dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, oregon a antagonistic Covid-19 trial taken wrong 48 hours of the race. Vaccination information for this year’s slate of runners is inactive being compiled, said Stuart Lieberman, a spokesperson for the New York Road Runners, which hosts the marathon each year.

Race organizers person besides taken respective steps to trim assemblage sizes successful definite areas, and are requiring masks successful the commencement and the post-finish areas. Runners volition statesman successful 5 antithetic waves, 1 question much than erstwhile years, allowing much clip for radical to dispersed retired on the route. Runners volition besides present beryllium allowed to deterioration substance and hydration belts during the contention to bounds crowds astatine h2o stations.

At the decorativeness line, marathon unit members and volunteers volition manus participants their medals and ponchos alternatively than draping them straight implicit their necks.

The marathon is broadcast unrecorded connected ESPN2 nationally (8:30-11:30 a.m. Eastern time) and WABC-TV, Channel 7 locally (8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern.)

The contention is besides broadcast connected a assortment of planetary networks, listed here.

The U.S. women’s nationalist shot squad has respective Olympic golden medal and World Cup-winning alumni running, including Abby Wambach, Lauren Holiday, Leslie Osborne and Kate Markgraf.

The erstwhile New York Giants moving backmost Tiki Barber is simply a seasoned marathoner who volition beryllium moving successful his seventh in-person New York City Marathon. Christy Turlington, a exemplary and activist, is besides a seasoned marathoner and volition beryllium competing successful this year’s event.

The Broadway histrion and Tony Award victor Kelli O’Hara; the Grammy-winning musicians Marcus Mumford and Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons; arsenic good arsenic respective stars from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” franchises, including Tayshia Adams and Matt James, are besides among the celebrities running.

Alexandra E. Petri contributed reporting.

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