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The NYC Marathon 2023 route

Curious about the NYC Marathon 2023 route? Here’s what you need to know.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

Want to cheer on your loved one in the biggest race of the year, the TCS New York City Marathon? The route is huge at 26.2 miles, so you need to plan on where you’ll watch them run. The 2023 NYC Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 5, starting at 8am

Below, find the full NYC Marathon route, its starting and stopping points and how to watch it live on TV.

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Where does the NYC Marathon route start?

The route begins on Staten Island and exits Staten Island via the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. It takes runners through Brooklyn and then into Queens before entering Manhattan. 

Where does the NYC Marathon route end?

After a trip up into the Bronx, runners head back down into Manhattan and enter Central Park, where they finish. You can see the full route map here.

Where can I watch the race?

You can watch runners finish from the East Side Grandstand Seating (you’ll need a ticket) or you can see them go by from the sidewalks at the following points:

  • Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn (Miles 2-4): Catch runners as they exit the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and move along Fourth Avenue. Subway: R

  • Fourth Avenue and Flatbush Avenue (Mile 8): Subway: B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5

  • Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Miles 10-13): Claim sidewalk space along streets lined with shops and restaurants and encourage runners as they head toward the Pulaski Bridge to cross into Queens. Subway: G, L, M, J

  • Pulaski Bridge (Mile 13.1): The Pulaski Bridge, which connects Brooklyn to Queens, is closed to spectators; many fans cheer on the Queens side, just past the race’s halfway mark. Subway: 7, G, E

  • First Avenue, Manhattan (Miles 16-18): Spectators line the sidewalks and shout encouragement at this exciting part of the course. The avenue’s many bars and restaurants contribute to the festive atmosphere. Subway: N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6, F

  • East Harlem (Miles 18-20): Also known as Spanish Harlem, this neighborhood is home to a vibrant Latinx community. This is a perfect location to cheer and help keep the runners' motivation high. Subway: 6

  • Charity Cheer Zone, First Avenue and 120th Street (Miles 19-20): Help celebrate thousands of runners who have chosen to add meaning to their run by raising funds for one of NYRR’s 500+ official charity partners. Subway: 6

  • Fifth Avenue, East 90th Street-East 105th Street (Miles 23-24): This stretch of Fifth Avenue is a cultural hub as well as a crucial spot to catch your runners before they enter Central Park. Subway: Q, 4, 5, 6

  • United Airlines Zone: Columbus Circle. Subway: A, C, D, 1

  • The race finishes at 67th Street on West Drive. Spectators can access the final approach to the finish in two ways:

  • Grandstand Seating: Tickets are required and are available at Eventbrite prior to race day. Enter at West 66th Street and Columbus Avenue with your Grandstand tickets. Subway: 1

  • Standing Spectator Area: Located inside Central Park from Columbus Circle to the south end of the grandstands, approximately 500 feet before the finish. NYPD, NYRR, and the NYC Parks Department may limit access at times, based on capacity. No chairs or seats are provided or allowed.

  • There is no spectator access north of the grandstands in Central Park. Spectators can enter at the following areas: Broadway at West 61st Street or West 62nd Street, or from the east side via the Central Park path by Heckscher Fields - Kickball Field #3. All entrances require screening.

Where can I catch the NYC Marathon on TV?

Watch the broadcast live on race day on WABC-TV, Channel 7 from 8:30am-1pm EST. Pre-race coverage from Fort Wadsworth begins at 7am. Live streaming will be available on the ABC App and from 7am-1pm.

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