Watch the Race

TCS New York City Marathon runners on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge with text overlaid: It will wow you. Watch it. Nov. 3, 9 AM EST.

The first Sunday in November finds New York City at its best as the five boroughs cheer on the 50,000 runners of the TCS New York City Marathon.

Watch the TCS New York City Marathon, Wherever You Are!

Information is subject to change.

There are many ways for marathoners, friends, family, and fans all over the world to tune in to the TCS New York City Marathon and all the action, all week long. On race day, watch the TCS New York City Marathon live on TV, computer, tablet, or phone.  

IN THE NEW YORK TRI-STATE AREA: Watch the broadcast live on race day on WABC-TV, Channel 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST. Pre-race coverage from Fort Wadsworth begins at 7:00 a.m. EST. Live streaming will be available on the ABC App and ABC7NY.com from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST.

ACROSS THE UNITED STATES: Watch live coverage from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST on ESPN2 and via the ESPN App on smartphones, tablets, and connected streaming devices and ESPN.com on computers for those who have video subscriptions from affiliated pay-TV providers. Pre-race and continuing coverage will also be streamed live nationally on ESPN3 (accessible on the ESPN App and ESPN.com) from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ESPN3 will also present a view of the finish line from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The broadcast will also be available live in Spanish on ESPN3 (accessible on the ESPN App and ESPN.com) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. And don't miss the national highlight show on your local ABC station from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. EST; check local listings for other time zones.

ON MOBILE DEVICES: This broadcast is available live on tablets and smartphones with the ABC App in New York and the ESPN App nationwide. Download these apps in the App Store or Google Play. Access to the ABC and ESPN apps is available through participating pay-TV providers.

AROUND THE WORLD: International viewers can watch the broadcast from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST via a variety of global broadcast partners including the following:

  • Australia: Fox Sports
  • Brazil: ESPN Brazil
  • China: SMG Sports, Migu, Youku, Zhibo.tv
  • Europe: Eurosport
  • India: STAR Sports
  • Italy: RAI
  • Japan: GAORA
  • Macau: Teledifusao de Macau (TDM)
  • Mexico: Sky Mexico
  • Myanmar: Canal+ Myanmar
  • Papua New Guinea: Digicel
  • South Africa: SuperSport
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: TVMS
  • South America: ESPN International
  • Southeast Asia: beIN Sports
  • Spain: TVE
  • Thailand: Cineplex (True Sports)
  • United Kingdom: FreeSports
  • Vietnam: FPT

Where to Watch on the Course

Over 1,000,000 fans line the TCS New York City Marathon course to cheer on 50,000 runners throughout the five boroughs.. Here's how to plan for a great day of spectating.

Experience everything the five boroughs have to offer while you're in town for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon! Visit nycgo.com for official information about the restaurants, shops, and attractions that can be found in the neighborhoods along the course.

The best way to get around as a spectator is to take the subway. Buy a MetroCard in advance to avoid long lines on November 3; use MTA Trip Planner for up-to-date schedules. 

Start

There’s no spectator viewing at the start or on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. Fans in the NYC metro area can watch the WABC-TV, Channel 7 broadcast, and everyone, everywhere can follow runners’ progress via the TCS New York City Marathon App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services, available free of charge starting late October in the Apple Store and Google Play.

Best Spots to Watch on the Course

Here are some super locations where you can get a great view and enjoy the local scene:

Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn (Miles 2-4): Catch runners as they exit the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and move along Fourth Avenue. Subway: R

Brooklyn Stage, Fourth Avenue and Atlantic Avenue (Mile 8): Subway: B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5

Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Miles 10-13): Claim sidewalk space along streets lined with shops and restaurants. Enjoy local treats as you watch runners and encourage them to keep their pace as they head toward the Pulaski Bridge to cross into Queens. Subway: G, L, M, J

Pulaski Bridge (Mile 13.1): The Pulaski Bridge connects Brooklyn to Long Island City, Queens. The bridge is closed to spectators; many fans wait on the Queens side, just past the race’s halfway mark, where runners appreciate some loud encouragement. Subway: 7, G, E

New Balance Mile 16 Block Party (First Avenue at 62nd Street): Cheer on marathon runners with New Balance and some of NYC's most talented performers, including DJ Corey Townes and Brooklyn United Drumline. Join the musical celebration and inspire runners when they need it the most...approaching their final 10.2 miles. Subway: Q, 4, 5, 6

First Avenue, Manhattan (Miles 16-18): First Avenue is known for being packed with spectators who line the sidewalks and shout encouragement. The avenue’s many bars and restaurants contribute to the festive atmosphere. Subway: Q, 4, 5, 6

East Harlem (Miles 18-20): Also known as Spanish Harlem, this neighborhood is home to a vibrant Latino community and provides fantastic music on race day. This is a perfect location to cheer your heart out to help keep the motivation high. Subway: 6

Charity Cheer Zone, First Avenue at East 120th Street: Help celebrate the more than 9,000 runners who've chosen to add meaning to their run by raising funds for one of NYRR's 400+ official charity partners. This area will have cheer zones for select individual charities and a DJ to get the party going. Subway: 6

Fifth Avenue, East 90th Street-East 105th Street (Miles 23-24): This stretch of Fifth Avenue has the Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum, the National Academy Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the Museum of the City of New York on the east and Central Park on the west. It’s a cultural hub as well as a crucial spot to catch your runners before they enter Central Park. Subway: Q, 4, 5, 6, Q

TCS Cheer Zone: Columbus Circle. Subway: A, C, B, D, 1

United Stage: Columbus Circle. Subway: A, C, B, D, 1

Finish

The final miles take runners through Central Park and to the famous finish at 67th Street on West Drive. To see the final yards of the race, you’ll need to buy a Grandstand Seating ticket in advance.

Post-Finish/Family Reunion

The post-finish area in and near Central Park, north of the finish line, is a runner-only zone, not available to spectators. 

Family Reunion is located on Central Park West between West 62nd and West 65th streets. Non-marathoners must enter on Broadway between West 62nd Street and West 65th Street. Open from 12:00 to 5:30 p.m., Family Reunion is organized by letter. We suggest that you reunite with your runner at the first letter of the runner’s last name. Enter the Family Reunion from Broadway at the cross-street that correlates with the letter you’ve chosen (check for soon for the map). Please note that everyone entering Family Reunion will be subject to bag inspection and screening.

Alternatively, choose a local restaurant, bar, or hotel to be your meeting spot. Visit nycgo.com for options.

Use the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services (available in late October) to check your runner's progress, including their post-finish exit from Central Park. For more information, call the Runner Information Hotline at 800.496.6193 and key in your runner’s race number when prompted. Be aware that cellular saturation may prevent you from using your phone in the post-finish area, so plan a time and location to meet up with your runner and don't assume you will be able to reach him/her by phone. 

Check back closer to race day for the Finish/Post-Finish map.

Spectator Guidelines and Tips

From mile 3 to mile 26, the majority of the course is open to spectators. Yell yourself hoarse and have a blast—here’s how:

Before the Race

Get the app. If you’re planning to cheer for your runner from multiple locations, use our new interactive spectator guide. This pre-race feature allows you to create an itinerary of where you would like to watch your runner during the race from our recommended viewing locations.

On race day you’ll be able to track your runner’s progress in real-time using the map section.

Tell your runners where on the course you’ll be, so they know when to expect your support!

Along the Course

Don’t stop cheering. All runners—not just yours—need and appreciate the encouragement. Make sure they can hear you! Look at their shirts and race bibs and greet them by name, number, or country.

Stay behind the blue tape or barricades and leave the roadway open for runners.

Make signs, bring flags, and cheer on runners. But leave the amp at home. Unofficial use of speakers is not permitted in New York City.

Stick to the streets. Spectators aren’t allowed on any of the bridges on the course.

Be respectful of private property. Don’t obstruct access to buildings or leave trash or signs behind.

Portable toilets are for registered runners only.

At the Finish

The race finishes at 67th Street on West Drive. Spectators can access the final approach to the finish in two ways:

Grandstand Seating: Tickets are required and are available at the expo, Pavilion, and online prior to race day. On race day, purchase tickets at the West 63rd Street entrance to Central Park.

Standing Spectator Area: Located inside Central Park from Columbus Circle to the south end of the grandstands, approximately 500 feet before the finish. NYPD, NYRR, and the NYC Parks Department may limit access at times, based on capacity. No chairs or seats are provided or allowed. There is no spectator access north of the grandstands in Central Park.

General Safety

See Something, Say Something: Safety and security are everyone’s responsibility. If you see something or someone suspicious, notify a law enforcement officer or race official, or call 866.705.6626.

No-Drone Zone: Drones, photo-copters, and unmanned flying devices are illegal in New York City, and are not permitted anywhere at the TCS New York City Marathon. If you see one on or before race day, report it to a law enforcement officer or race official, or call 866.705.6626.

Unauthorized Participants: Individuals not officially registered for the race may not join the race or accompany any participant in the race. Any person without an official race bib will be directed to leave the course immediately. Bicycles, skateboards, and other unauthorized vehicles are not permitted on the course.

Race Emergency Hotline: If you see a runner in need of medical assistance on race day, call 866.705.6626

Entertainment and Cheer Zones

Race partners create designated entertainment and cheer zones to help the crowd encourage runners. Many are equipped with sign-making supplies, noisemakers, and pompons, so you can have fun while you watch for your runners. You may find giveaways, video screens, bands, or DJs at these zones to keep you pumped up.

Miles of Music

The TCS New York City Marathon boasts more musical entertainment along the course than any other race in the world. Runners and spectators can hear 130+ bands along the route—an average of five acts per mile! From brass bands to bagpipers and from punk to country, you're sure to hear live music and DJs that will get you pumped up and help you encourage your runners to keep their momentum till the finish.

Information on specific bands and locations is available in the TCS New York City Marathon App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services. 

Michelob ULTRA Cheer Zone

Come cheer on #TeamULTRA and all the TCS New York City Marathon runners! Enjoy an ice cold Michelob ULTRA at special locations along and near the course.

Bars Serving Michelob ULTRA Along the Marathon Course

 

AMERICAN TRASH

1471 1ST AVENUE

BAILEY'S CORNER

1607 YORK AVENUE

BAKER STREET

1152 1ST AVENUE

BAR COASTAL

1495 1ST AVENUE

BAYARDS ALE HOUSE

1589 1ST AVE

BRADYS BAR & GRILL

1583 2ND AVENUE

CARLOW EAST

1254 LEXINGTON AVENUE

DIVE 106

938 AMSTERDAM AVE

DIVE 75

101 W 75TH STREET

DOC WATSONS

1490 2ND AVENUE

DORRIANS

1616 2ND AVENUE

EAST END BAR & GRILL

1664 1ST AVENUE

EMERALD INN

250 W 72ND STREET

FIVE MILE STONE

1640 2ND AVE

HUGHES BAR

1682 1ST AVENUE

IGGY'S

1452 2ND AVENUE

L.I.C.

45-58 VERNON BLVD

MAD RIVER GRILL

1442 3RD AVENUE

MADE IN NEW YORK PIZZA

421 AMSTERDAM AVE

MALACHY'S

103 W 72ND STREET

MAXWELLS CENTRAL PARK

1325 5TH AVENUE / SUITE B

MILE 17

1446 1ST AVE

P.J. LEAHY'S

50-02 VERNON BLVD

PROHIBITION

503 COLUMBUS AVENUE

RATHBONES

1702 2ND AVENUE

REIF'S BAR

302 E 92ND STREET

RYAN'S DAUGHTER

350 E 85TH STREET

SANTIAGO'S BEER GARDEN

2337 2339 1ST AVE

SAPOARA

2262 1ST AVE

SESSION 73

1359 1ST AVENUE

SHORTY'S

1678 1ST AVENUE

ST. JAMES GATE

441 AMSTERDAM AVE

STAX

1485 2ND AVE

STUMBLE INN

1454 2ND AVENUE

TEDDY'S

2171 2ND AVE

THE FIVE LAMPS

1586 YORK AVE

THE GAF

1696 2ND AVE

THE GANTRY LIC

47-02 VERNON BLVD

UNO CHICAGO GRILL

432 COLUMBUS AVENUE

WING BISTRO/DEPOT

1109 1ST AVE SOUTH STORE

 

Midtown Bars Serving Michelob ULTRA During Marathon Weekend

 

CONNOLLY'S

43 W 54TH STREET

CONNOLLY'S

121 W 45TH STREET

COPPER JOHN'S PUB & KITCHEN

160 W 54TH STREET

D.J. REYNOLDS

351 W 57TH STREET

HASWELL GREEN

240 W 52ND ST

HUDSON STATION

440 9TH AVENUE

HURLEY'S

232 W 48TH STREET

IRISH PUB

837 7TH AVENUE

JACK DOYLES

240 W 35TH STREET

JOHN SULLIVAN'S

210 W 35TH STREET

MC GEE'S

240 W 55TH STREET

O'BRIENS BAR & GRILL

134 W 46TH STREET

O'DONOGHUES

156 W 44TH STREET

O'REILLYS

56 W 31ST STREET

PIG & WHISTLE

202 W 36TH STREET

PIG & WHISTLE 46TH

144 W 46TH ST

PLAYWRIGHT / ACT II

732 8TH AVENUE

PLAYWRIGHT / ACT III

27 W 35TH STREET

SEAN'S BAR & KITCHEN

42 WEST 48TH STREET

SMITH'S HELL'S KITCHEN

701 8TH AVE

ST. PAT'S BAR & GRILL

22 W 46TH STREET

STOUT

133 W 33RD STREET

TAILOR PUBLIC HOUSE

505 8TH AVE

THE KEG ROOM/PJ CARTYS

53 W 36TH ST

THE PLAYWRIGHT I

202 W 49TH STREET

THE STAGECOACH

834 7TH AVE

THE THREE MONKEYS

236 W 54TH ST

TIR NA NOG

254 W 31ST ST

TIR NA NOG 39TH STREET

315 W 39TH ST.

TONIC WEST

727 7TH AVENUE

 

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