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The NYC Marathon 2016 route

Whether you’re a runner or a bystander, check out the NYC Marathon 2016 route spanning all five boroughs

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/MTA NYC

Folks running the the TCS New York City Marathon probably have the map memorized by now, but in case you’re planning to watch, here is the NYC Marathon 2016 route. Since the 26.2-mile block party is one of the biggest and largest NYC events in November, you’ll want to be prepared in time for race day. So make sure to study the route map below, and don’t forget to pay attention to NYC Marathon road closures. You should also be aware of the best New York attractions near the course—y’know, in case you need to use the loo or if you fancy a little cultural entertainment.

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Where does the NYC Marathon route start?

The starting line for the race begins at the Western end of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island.

Where does the NYC Marathon route end?

The finish line for the TCS NYC Marathon is in Central Park, just outside of Tavern on the Green. To see the final yards of the race, you must purchase Grandstand Seating tickets here. The Family Reunion area in Central Park is open from noon to 5:30pm.

Where can I watch the race?

Unfortunately, you can’t watch the runners take off at the start of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, but you can check out all the action through the WABC-TV, Channel 7 broadcast. If you want to support the runners in-person, The TCS NYC Marathon website suggests the following cheer zones. 

Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn (Miles 2–4)

Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Miles 10–13)

Pulaski Bridge (Mile 13.1) First Avenue, Manhattan (Miles 16–18)

East Harlem (Miles 18–20) Museum Mile,

Fifth Avenue (Miles 23–24)

NYC Marathon 2016 route

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