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The New York City Marathon Guide 2017

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Author: Nicole Mungo

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The New York City Marathon sees thousands of runners and spectators descend on the five NYC boroughs to take part. For those looking to get involved, the race is a thrilling sight and a challenge to take part in. Don’t worry, though - for those looking to enjoy the city whilst the race is on without getting caught up in the crowds, this guide has some secret tips for you to see an exclusive side of the city.

The NYC Marathon will take place on 5 November 2017, beginning at 9.50am and finishing at 3pm.

The NYC Marathon Route

The NYC Marathon’s route is a full 26.2 miles long, visiting each of New York City’s five distinctive boroughs. The race begins on Staten Island, specifically at the Western side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The participants will sprint through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, finishing in Central Park, right next to the Tavern on the Green.


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A Runner’s Guide

Runners will have been planning for months for the Marathon, but there are still some helpful things to know. Check the transport system in advance to ensure you get to the runner’s village without any issues, and be sure to stay warm - you may be waiting for up to three hours before you can race. The starting point on the bridge can also be breezy; many runners wear spare clothes over their running gear whilst they wait and then leave them at the start point to be donated to charity, keeping them warm and doing a good thing at the same time!

A Spectator’s Guide

Savvy spectators know that there are certain spots that will give you all the thrill of the action without getting caught in the crowds. The starting spot at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge has no spectator spot, and the roads directly afterwards get congested. Instead, grab a space at Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, where you have access to local restaurants and shops whilst you wait for runners to reach miles 10 to 13.


(Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein)

For a more scenic viewing spot, try the Pulaski Bridge at mile 13.1. Just past the halfway mark, runners will appreciate some encouragement to help rally their spirits. This bridge connects Brooklyn and Long Island, and though it is closed to spectators, there is a spot on the Queens side that’s perfect for supporters.

How to Avoid the New York Marathon

Although the marathon is a significant New York City event, it’s not everyone’s first choice when visiting the city. The good news is that in a place as vibrant and buzzing as New York, the Marathon doesn’t actually affect as much as you might think. The route weaves its way through Brooklyn up to The Bronx before finishing off in Central Park. Meaning, most of the tourist attractions in Manhattan are still ready and waiting for your selfie moments. If you want to see the Marathon in action, but avoid having to elbow your way through a sea of bodies, we recommend checking out The Bronx with its wide streets and more chilled carnival atmosphere.

Whether you’re running the New York City Marathon, or just looking to spectate, our cabins at YOTEL New York will provide all the comfort you need. Eat & drink in Green Fig Restaurant or Social Drink and Food, both located on 'FOUR'. Our booking system is quick and easy, making your trip hassle-free.

Author: Nicole Mungo

Nicole Mungo contributes to YOTEL New York’s marketing team. She enjoys cooking, hiking, reading & a good glass of wine.

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