THE New York City Marathon is known as one of the largest marathons in the world.

With a start date set for November 7, 2021, fans want to know how they can watch the racers compete through the city's five boroughs.

When does the NYC Marathon 2021 start?

For the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, the NYC Marathon is back and celebrating its 50th year.

The start times include:

  • 8:00am: Professional wheelchair division
  • 8:22am: Handcycle category and select athletes with disabilities
  • 8:40am: Professional Women's Open Division
  • 9:05am: Professional Men's Open Division
  • 9:10am: Wave 1
  • 9:55am: Wave 2
  • 10:40am: Wave 3
  • 11:20am: Wave 4
  • 12:00pm: Wave 5

What is the marathon route?

An estimated 30,000 runners will be competing in this year's event and will be running the 26.2-mile race, taking a tour through the five boroughs.

Runners will start on Staten Island before making their way up through Brooklyn and into Queens.

They will then cross the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan and make their way up to the Willis Ave Bridge into the Bronx and across the Madison Ave Bridge back into Manhattan where they will finish the final stretch on the East side of Central Park.

More information about the course can be found from New York Road Runners.

What roads will be closed?

Street closures will start on November 6, in preparation for the event.

According to CBS New York, the road closures include:

November 6

  • East 47th Street between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue
  • 1st Avenue between East 50th Street and East 42nd Street
  • 42nd Street between 1st Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue between West 42nd Street and West 59th Street
  • West 59th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • Grand Army Plaza between 59th Street and East Drive
  • East Drive between Grand Army Plaza and Center Drive
  • Center Drive between East Drive and West Drive
  • West Drive between Center Drive and 67th Street

November 7

Staten Island

  • Richmond Terrace between Jersey Street and Bay Street
  • Wall Street between Richmond Terrace and Bank Street
  • Jersey Street between Richmond Terrace and Victory Boulevard
  • Victoria Boulevard between Jersey Street and Bay Street
  • Bay Street between Richmond Terrace and School Road
  • Fingerboard Road between Bay Street and Tompkins Avenue
  • Tompkins Avenue between Fingerboard Road and School Road
  • School Road between Bay Street and Staten Island Expressway
  • Lily Pond Avenue between Staten Island Expressway and Father Capodanno Boulevard
  • McClean Avenue between Lily Pond Avenue and New York Avenue
  • Hylan Boulevard between Bay Street and Olga Place
  • Steuben Street between Olga Place and West Fingerboard Road
  • West Fingerboard Road between Steuben Street and Hylan Boulevard
  • Sand Lane between Hylan Boulevard and Father Capodanno Boulevard
  • Father Capodanno Boulevard between Sand Lane and Lily Pond Avenue
  • Verrazano Bridge

Brooklyn

  • Dahlgren Place between Verrazano Bridge and 92nd Street (Northbound)
  • 92nd Street between Dahlgren Place and 4th Avenue
  • Brooklyn Queens Expressway (Southbound) between Verrazano Bridge and 79th Street
  • Gatling Place/79th Street BQE Entrance Ramp between 83rd Street and 79th Street
  • 7th Avenue (Southbound) between 79th Street and 74th Street
  • 74th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue between 74th Street and 75th Street/Bay Ridge Parkway
  • 75th Street/Bay Ridge Parkway between 7th Avenue and 4th Avenue
  • Fort Hamilton Parkway between 92nd Street and 94th Street
  • 94th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 4th Avenue
  • 4th Avenue between 94thStreet and Flatbush Avenue
  • Flatbush Avenue between 4th Avenue and Lafayette Avenue
  • Lafayette Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Bedford Avenue
  • Bedford Avenue between Lafayette Avenue and Nassau Avenue
  • Nassau Avenue between Bedford Avenue/Lorimer Street and Manhattan Avenue
  • Manhattan Avenue between Nassau Avenue and Greenpoint Avenue
  • Greenpoint Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard
  • McGuinness Boulevard (Southbound) between Greenpoint Avenue and Pulaski Bridge
  • Pulaski Bridge (Southbound)

Queens

  • 11th Street between Pulaski Bridge and 48th Avenue
  • 48th Avenue between 11th Street and Vernon Boulevard
  • Vernon Boulevard between 48th Avenue and 10th Street
  • 10th Street between Vernon Boulevard and 44th Drive
  • 44th Drive between 10th Street and Hunter Street
  • Hunter Street between 44th Drive and Crescent Street
  • Crescent Street between Hunter Street and Queens Plaza South
  • Queens Plaza South between Crescent Street and 23rd Street
  • Queens Plaza North between Crescent Street and 23rd Street
  • 23rd Street between Queens Plaza South and Queens Plaza North
  • Queensboro Bridge (Eastbound)
  • Queensboro Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Path

Manhattan

  • Queensboro Bridge (Vehicle Entrance Ramp Eastbound)
  • East 59th Street between 2nd Avenue and 1st Avenue
  • East 60th Street between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue
  • 1st Avenue between East 59th Street and Willis Avenue Bridge
  • Madison Avenue Bridge (Westbound)
  • 142nd Street between Lenox Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • 5th Avenue between 142nd Street and 124th Street
  • Madison Avenue (FDR Service Road) between East 135th Street and East 142nd Street
  • West 124th Street between 5th Avenue and Mount Morris Park West
  • Mount Morris Park West between West 124th Street and West 120th Street
  • West 120th Street between Mount Morris Park West and 5th Avenue
  • 5th Avenue between 120th Street and 90th Street
  • 90th Street between 5th Avenue and East Drive
  • East Drive between 90th Street and Grand Army Plaza
  • Grand Army Plaza between East Drive and West 59th Street
  • West 59th Street between 5th Avenue and Columbus Circle/8th Avenue/Central Park West
  • Columbus Circle between West 59th Street and Central Park Driveway
  • Central Park Driveway/8th Avenue Approach to West Drive
  • West Drive between 8th Avenue Approach and 85th Street Approach to West Drive
  • Terrace Drive between West Drive and East Drive
  • Center Drive between West Drive and East Drive
  • West 85th Street Approach to West Drive
  • West 81st Street Approach to West Drive
  • West 77th Street Approach to West Drive
  • West 67th Street Approach to West Drive

Bronx

  • Willis Avenue Bridge
  • East 135th Street between Willis Avenue and Alexander Avenue
  • Alexander Avenue between East 135th Street and East 138th Street
  • East 138th Street between Alexander Avenue and 3rd Avenue
  • 3rd Avenue between East 138th Street and East 139th Street
  • Morris Avenue between East 139th Street and East 140th Street
  • East 140th Street between 3rd Avenue and Rider Avenue
  • Rider Avenue between East 140th Street and East 138th Street
  • East 138th Street between Rider Avenue and Madison Avenue Bridge

Bridges

The upper level of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge will be closed to all traffic starting at 11pm Saturday and both levels will be closed between 7am and 4pm Sunday.

The Bay Street and Lily Pond Ave exits in on Staten Island will be closed from 3am to 4pm Sunday.

How can I watch the race on TV?

For those who want to watch the race live from the comfort of their home, there are a few options.

Nationally, the race will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 and through the ESPN App while locally it will air on WABC-TV, Channel 7.

More information can be found here.

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