On Sunday, November 4, 50,000 runners will line up in Staten Island to start the 26.2-mile journey through Brooklyn and into Manhattan’s Central Park. Every year, the race attracts some of the world’s best runners, but the everyday athletes in the crowd are pretty amazing too.
This year’s race should be packed with excitement. On the women’s side, reigning champion Shalane Flanagan returns to defend her title against a stacked field that includes top Americans Desiree Linden, Molly Huddle, and Allie Kieffer, plus Mary Keitany of Kenya, who holds the women-only world record. The men’s field features last year’s winner, Geoffrey Kamworor, two-time Boston champ Lelisa Desisa, and five-time Olympic middle-distance runner Bernard Lagat, who will be making his marathon debut.
If you’re not in New York City on race day to watch in person, you can still tune in on your computer or smartphone. Here’s what you need to know.
Live race coverage runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST. Pre-race coverage starts at 7:00 a.m. The wheelchair division starts at 8:30, followed by hand cyclists and other athletes with disabilities at 8:52. Professional women runners start at 9:20, followed by the first wave (including professional male runners) at 9:50. The following three waves start at 10:15, 10:40, and 11:00.
In the New York tristate area, you can watch the race live on WABC-TV Channel 7 starting at 9:00 a.m. Free livestreaming, including pre-race coverage, is available on the ABC app and ABC7NY.com starting at 7:00 a.m.
Across the United States, you can watch live coverage on ESPN2. ESPN subscribers can also follow along on the ESPN app or website. ESPN3 is airing a live feed of the finish line from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with pre-race and continuing coverage starting at 7:00 a.m.
International viewers can watch the broadcast via local providers. Check out a list here.