The Start

The TCS New York City Marathon start is spectacular! Check out helpful information, maps, and timelines to ensure you have a safe and seamless race start experience. Please note that all information is subject to change.

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Start Lines/Waves

 
  • There are three starts (green, orange, blue) in each of four waves (1-4); each wave has six corrals (A-F). Your start color, wave, and corral are indicated in your confirmation form and on your race number (bib). Wave and corral assignments cannot be changed.
  • Your finish time is your net time from when you cross the start line. The last runners in each wave clear the start in about 10 minutes.

Start Corrals

 
  • Runners who are assigned to different corrals and waves but wish to start together may do so by going to the corral and wave corresponding to the higher number.
  • Please follow the multilingual announcements for each wave instructing runners to line up in the corrals.
  • NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze leaders will be in the corrals; they will wear NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze shirts and carry signs printed with a per-mile pace and goal finish time.

Staging/Start Villages

 
  • The staging area is at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island. Only registered entrants and guides are allowed in Fort Wadsworth and the start area.
  • Have your number visible to enter.  The color of your race number indicates your start village.
  • The only bag allowed into Fort Wadsworth is the UPS bag check bag or the start village bag that you received at the expo. All bags are subject to inspection.
  • There are 1,600 toilets in the start villages and corrals. NYRR reserves the right to disqualify anyone who uses any alternative to the supplied toilets.
  • Use the appropriate containers for trash, recycling, and clothing donations. Please review our list of prohibited items.
  • Medical staff is available in each village. If you feel ill, alert the medical staff. If you are unable to run, a bus will transport you to the finish area after the final wave has cleared the start line.
  • Therapy dogs are available in each village.
  • Runner amenities are available free of charge, while supplies last, on behalf our sponsors, including Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, Gatorade Endurance products, Chiquita bananas, Honey Stinger energy waffles, and Dunkin’ coffee. Bagels and tea are also available.
  • We advise that you wear extra layers to keep warm after you check your bag. You may discard these items in Goodwill bins before moving to the corrals.

UPS Bag and Start Village Bag

 
  • You must use the clear official Start Village Bag or official UPS Bag to bring any belongings into Fort Wadsworth. Please review the baggage options and list of prohibited items.
  • Check your official UPS Bag at the UPS trucks in your start village for transport to the post-finish. UPS trucks are identified by bib range.

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