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Where to watch the New York Marathon


Between the Queens and Bronx parts of the course is the first section of the race in Manhattan, which is probably the noisiest section of the marathon. As runners leave the relatively quiet Queensboro Bridge, the wall of sound is a huge boost of energy. Spectators line up the course several people in the background First Avenue from 59th Street to 96th Street in Manhattanso if you like a crowd this is the place.

In East Harlem, catch the runners before they head into the Bronx towards the 20-mile mark anywhere along First Avenue from 110th Street to 125th Street, an area served in several places by metro line 6. Crowds thin as you go north – just as the race gets harder for runners – so they can use the cheers.

After the Bronx section of the course, you can catch the runners just before they enter Central Park at Fifth Avenue from East 105th to East 90th Street. This is a particularly iconic section of the race, with museums dotting the east side of the course and Central Park to the west. Many train lines will get you there, including lines 4, 5, 6 and Q. This section is uphill for runners in a way that seems very difficult at the end of the run, so they will be delighted with the cheers. But you should still avoid saying, “You’re almost there.”

If you wanna shout that, go on Central Park South at the bottom of the park, using the A, C, D, or 1 trains at Columbus Circle or the N, Q, or R trains at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. Runners leave the park to run along the road before re-entering Central Park at Columbus Circle. With almost 26 miles behind them, they are finally almost there.

If you want to shout and shout as the runners triumphantly cross the finish line, you can purchase tickets for the grandstand event at West 67th Street and West Drive.

Metellus gave some tips for people who watch and cheer on the race: stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and stock up on throat lozenges to lessen the effects of cheering for thousands of runners.

“Watching is as much a physical act as running,” he said.

The marathon will be broadcast live on ESPN2 nationally (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST) and on WABC-TV, Channel 7 locally (8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST) and in Spanish on ESPN3, ESPN’s streaming service. (8:30-11:30 a.m. Eastern Time).

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