New York City Marathon Guide: How to Watch & Who to Look For

Suzanne Murray

nyc marathon course mapThe 2010 New York Marathon has just gotten underway on this brisk Sunday morning, and 45,000 runners have started their 26.2 mile adventure. If you're in New York City, you have plenty of time to find a good spot along the marathon course (bring your hat and mittens) to start cheering the runners on (while the fastest runners will finish the race in about 2 hours, there are still plenty of folks out there running at 4 p.m.). If you're not in NYC, there are still a number of ways you can watch the race.

Here's our comprehensive guide to how to watch the race and who to look for on the course (top runners, celebrity runners, and regular Janes and Joes), and even how to track NYC marathon runners ... from wherever you'll be today.

Get a good spot along the NYC Marathon Running Route (here's the course map):

  • The race starts at the Verrazano Narrows Bridge along Toll Road
  • Then traverses the Gowanus Express Road
  • The marathon will then turn left onto Dahlgren Place
  • Then left on 92nd Street
  • And then right on 4th Avenue  -- this will be the main road for most of the marathon course
  • The marathon ends at Central Park


Watch it on Television

  • In New York, the marathon will be broadcast live on NBC 4 News starting at 9:00 a.m.
  • Following that, NBC Sports will broadcast a two-hour highlight show nationwide, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Universal Sports will also air the race live from 9:00 a.m. EDT on their digital network. Click here to find your local channel listing.

Watch it on the Internet

Download the ING New York City Marathon iPhone app from the iTunes store. The app features include:

  • Live race-day video feeds of the race
  • The 5-hour NBC 4 show
  • Real-time photos
  • Elite runner leaderboard
  • Athlete profiles
  • Spectator Map
  • Twitter feeds (#ingnycm)


Elite runners (and possible winners) to catch a glimpse of:

  • Meb Zeflezighi, who was last year's male winner and the first American to win the New York Marathon since 1982
  • Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, who holds the world record for distance running for men
  • Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia, who was the winner of the 2009 NYC Marathon
  • American Shalane Flanagan, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 10,000, is making her marathon debut
  • Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia, the reigning Boston Marathon champ
  • The 2009 Boston marathon women's champion Keynan Salina Kosgei

Look for this year's New York City celebrity marathon runners, and have your camera ready!

  • Chilean Miner Edison Perfi
  • Survivor winner Ethan Zohn
  • Model Veronica Webb
  • Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer
  • Chef Bobby Flay
  • Actor Anthony Edwards
  • The Today Show's Al Roker
  • Subway Diet Gyu Jared Fogle

Lots of non-celebrities wil be running today too. Keep your eyes out for all of the other entertaining NYC marathon runners you shouldn't miss.

Looking for someone special? If someone you know is running there are a few ways you can track their progress.

  • Call the Runner Information Hotline at 800-496-6193 (you'll have to provide the runner's bib number) for info on a finishing time.
  • Track runners (up to 3 at a time) with this online Athlete Tracker


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