This Sunday, November 3rd, is the 43rd ING New York City Marathon. After being canceled last year due to Hurricane Sandy, an especially excited 48,000 people will cross the starting line on Staten Island to run 26.2 miles through the five boroughs. Sunday is also a big day for about two million spectators, who will line the course to wave signs, hoot, and holler for their loved ones and total strangers alike.
If the marathon gets you in the sporty spirit, roll up your fluorescent sign, slip it into a Citi Bike basket, pedal to one of these Citi Bike stations and cheer your heart out!
Watch out for Citi Bike stations marked below with an *. They’re directly on the marathon route and may be tricky to access during the race. Expect crowds.
(Check out the entire course map here, the New York Road Runners’ spectator guide here, and a list of road closures here.)
The earliest point in the race where you’ll be able to dock and cheer is just before mile 8, near the Brooklyn Academy of Music at Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. The first major turn in the course after runners spend many miles on pin-straight Fourth Avenue, the zig-zag onto Lafayette Avenue at mile 8 is a milestone for many marathoners and a great place to watch the throngs go by.
Choose from stations at Dean St. & 4th Avenue*, Atlantic Avenue & Fort Greene Place, Ashland Place & Hanson Place*, 3rd Ave. and Flatbush, and Lafayette Avenue & Fort Greene Place*, all nearby.
Around mile 11, runners will have turned onto Bedford Avenue and begun to make their way through Williamsburg. Nearing the halfway point, they’ll need some more motivation, and you’ll need a station. Tell them to keep going, that you’re going to get a coffee (great options abound in W’burg!), and that you’ll see them in Manhattan!
Choose from stations at Bedford Avenue & S 9th St.*, Broadway & Berry, S 3rd St. & Bedford Avenue*, and Metropolitan Avenue & Bedford Avenue*.
Cheering on runners as they descend into Manhattan off the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most exciting places to be on race day. The crowd here is huge, and its sole mission is to electrify the electrolyte-deprived.
Choose from stations at either East 59th Street & Sutton Place, or 2nd Avenue & East 58th Street to join in the support.
NOTE! The Queensboro Bridge bike/pedestrian lane is closed most of marathon day, as it serves as the wheelchair marathon course. As an alternative, consider crossing the Williamsburg Bridge and riding north in Manhattan to reach mile 16.
Finally, the big moment—the finish! After covering over 25 miles, runners will make their way onto Central Park South for their last taste of city streets before finishing inside Central Park. This spot is a total mob scene, but if you’re as inspired by marathon finish lines as we are, the police barricades and wall-to-wall spectators won’t even phase you. Because just like those runners before you, you’ve made it!
Choose from stations at Grand Army Plaza & Central Park South*, Broadway and W 57th St., and Broadway & W 60th St. to cheer them through the finish line.