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New York City Marathon

New York City, NY


Race Dates

2017: Sunday, November 5, 2017
2016: Sunday, November 6, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 51°F (10°C)
Average High: 58°F (14°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.35
Course Score: 98.35

Race Size

2016: 51,264 Finishers
2015: 49,595 Finishers
2014: 50,564 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 7.9%
2015: 7.6%
2014: 7.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The New York City Marathon route touches all five boroughs of New York City: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. The course unites dozens of culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods, crosses five bridges, and finishes in world-famous Central Park. More than two million spectators crowd the sidelines.


Marathon Rankings

The New York City Marathon was the 1st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 1st largest in 2014.

This year 7.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the New York City Marathon the 288th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 262nd highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 98.35 ranks it as the 267th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 11th fastest course in New York.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the New York City Marathon a PR Score of 98.35. This PR Score ranks it as the 216th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 10th fastest in New York.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 260 feet (79m)
Min Elevation: 7 feet (2m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the New York City Marathon

4.6 Stars from 29 Reviews



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars

Review

Was a nice experience but a terrible marathon. Crowded like crazy, chaotic and super noisy. To much waiting and walking before race (about 3 hours). They make you walk an additional mile just to leave course.

Race Tips

Don't bother trying to negative split. Many pros have fallen trying this.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Bring a lot of money!



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Crowd support is beyond words. Cheering fans the whole way except bridges. Noise level comparable to super bowl. Incredibly well organized. Lots of support from enthusiastic people which is remarkable considering how many runners participate.

Race Tips

Course was rolling hills. More difficult than expected. Despite starting in the first corral, there were runners around me the entire way. Never collided before in a race, but had several in NY. But, everyone very polite. The gatorade/water stations were long and easy, but you had to be careful. Don't start too fast. Immediately climbing Verrazano bridge is a warmup.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plan to enjoy the early morning logistics. Getting their early allows you to chat with others, stay relaxed.



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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It took 3 hours from ferry to race start and I didn't even drop a bag. Be very cautious. I barely made it to the corral in time. It's also a hilly course, so make sure you train accordingly. Living in coastal Texas-we have no hills, so I was in pain. Overall, it's a great race, very well put on and I can't wait to go again!

Race Tips

Negative split. Train for hills. Have a plan for placing your supporters along the route.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Find a hotel within a block or two of a subway terminal. Too much walking the days before is terrible.



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars

Review

It's really too crowded to run as fast as you could.

Race Tips

It seems to be better to start at the front of the wave behind you than to start at the back of the forward wave. IOW, it's better to move back from Wave 1 Corral E to Wave 2 Corral A.

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review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Crowds are great Support is great

Race Tips

2 half harder than first Long wait till start. Be prepared

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review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Loved the spectators, they really pulled me through the race!

Race Tips

Tougher course than anticipated. Elevation was deceiving.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stayed at The Beacon Hotel and was in my room showering less than 30 minutes from exiting Central Park! I would DEFINITELY stay there again, SO convenient for this race!



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Incredibly well organized! Do this race if you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience. I started in a later wave and felt like the course never really opened up, but glad it didn't because it forces you to really take it all in. So, so fun!

Race Tips

Enjoy every mile! be prepared for crowds from the time you board the ferry to the time you exit the park, but soak in the energy it brings.

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review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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There is everything about this experience to like and enjoy; if you run long then run this one.

Race Tips

A good course for negative splits once you get over the bridge and onto First Avenue, you want to have enough to be looking really good through Central Park. You do not want to be walking the last 3 miles. But that said, this is probably not a PR course for most mortals as the 50,000 friends you are running with make straight line sprints into bob and weaves. Water points will slow you down because all your friends are there too!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay where you can afford and dry run the trip to your assigned embarkation point a day or two before. Go early to the expo. Have enough to stay warm at the start point, you will be there 1-2 hours. Visit the finish area on Saturday or Sunday. Carefully and with detail plan your meetup point for after the race. Load the app on everyone's phone so that the meeting time can be more accurately established. It will take you a minimum 15 minutes to get out of Central Park.



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Amazing organization and public support!!

Race Tips

Mush harder than you think... :) Must pace yourself all the way to mile 20...

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review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

It was like I was in the Macy's day parade. I kept thinking, there is no marathon better than this one! Every borough had people screaming, Welcome to Manhattan! Welcome to the Bronx! etc. The housing structures were cool to see.

Race Tips

Able to keep a pretty even pace throughout the race. The Bronx is tough because there aren't as many spectators and it is at mile 18.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Take the ferry. Stay with air bnb



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Most spectacular start to any sport event in world! Running through streets with 50 K people and 2 million on the sides cheering. Amazing. Hard to get a fast start but easy to make up time after that. All in all very well planned and supported.

Race Tips

Relax over Bridge . make up time in Brooklyn as the crowd thins. Stick with a pace runner.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

You have to get to the meeting area early in morning a 2 or 3 hours before race. You must dress warm and bring a mat to sit or lay on. I used a some old carpet mat , really kept me warm on the ground.



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This race has the best organization, amazing volunteers and incredible crowds. It is probably the hardest marathon I have run and is mentally challenging for sure, but it needs to be on the bucket list for all runners.

Race Tips

You MUST go out slow. It is very very exciting to be in NYC and start this race as it feels like a party, but slow build up is key in this race. Soak up the crowds as they will push you when you are feeling like you can't go anymore. LOVE the NYC fans.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Book hotels early. As soon as you receive notice about race transportation, select your option. Do NOT await. Make reservations for anywhere you want to eat early because there may be a ton of restaurants but everyone seems to want to eat the same thing as you!



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great race and crowd support - not a race that you'll likely PB.

Race Tips

Try to stay slow through the first two major bridges.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Good luck - be prepared for a long wait at Ft Wadsworth. Dress warm...



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Incredible environment, well run logistically despite crowds.

Race Tips

5th Ave along Central park is a significant hill.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Roll with what's assigned, don't fight the system.



review of 2016 New York City Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

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5 / 5 Stars

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5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2015 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Out of this world.
Organized. Atmosphere. People.
Love it.

Race Tips

Focus.
Keep your pace calm.
Don't get too nervous on the road.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

New York Marathon is extremely organize. Go to NYRR website they'll give you one million tips.



review of 2015 New York City Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars

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Tons of spectators, must for any runner. On negative, way too many runners, can't really set own pace, logĂ­stico get to start line is complicated: train from downtown, walk to ferry, wait and take ferry. Walk to buses, wait and take buses, go through traffic, walk to corral. Left my hotel at 4:45 and barely arrive on time for my wave at 10:15...

Race Tips

Get to front of wave

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Leave hotel before 4am for 10am start?



review of 2015 New York City Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars

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Race logistics for the start are horrific. Hanging around for hours at the start. I was tired before the race even started. Upon completion it was like a scene out of the walking dead. Blocks and blocks before you can get out!

That being said, crowds are fantastic.

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review of 2015 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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5 / 5 Stars

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5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2014 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Extremely organized, filled with supportive spectators and out of this world experience. Must attempt to participate at least once in life.

Race Tips

Practice hill work-out and prepare of cold & windy race day.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The organizers have well thought out of all situation so participants left with enjoy their marathon!



review of 2014 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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It was great! it was my first marathon and I'd repeated every single year if I could. People' support is amazing throughout the course. It is very well organized, the volunteers are great, they had always nice words for you and a smile on their face. The Bronx was great!

Race Tips

Expect cold weather and windy. You have to prepare yourself because there is a long wait before you start your race. The course is not even but you will not find hills. Make sure you have your name on your shirt, people scream at you shouting our your name and that was wonderful

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review of 2013 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2011 New York City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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