New York Marathon – Course, Elevation and Race Info

The New York City Marathon is the largest annual marathon in the world, with over 50,000 runners in recent years.

Born in 1970, TCS NYC Marathon is a 26.2-mile journey through all five boroughs, showcasing the city’s varied neighborhoods and cultures, starting in Staten Island and ending triumphantly in Central Park.

NYC Marathon at a Glance

  • Upcoming Race: November 3rd, 2024
  • 2023 Finishers: 51,402
  • Average Finish Time: 04:39:46
  • 2023 First Place (Men’s): 02:04:58
  • 2023 First Place (Women’s): 02:27:23
  • Official Website: NYC Marathon

(A) New York Marathon Course Map and Route Info

Scroll to zoom in and out. Click and hold to move around. Click on icons to see more race info such as gel stations and notable sights along the route. Water and aid stations are not marked on the map because there are plenty.

(B) New York Marathon Elevation Profile Interactive Chart

(Last Updated: 11/20/2023)

NYC Marathon’s route is relatively flat, with only a few bridges to climb. Total climb is about 523 ft, and total descent is 611 ft.

(C) New York Marathon Expo

Presented by New Balance, the TCS New York City Marathon Expo is one of the largest running expositions in the world. Runners can purchase official marathon merchandises, as well as visit numerous vendors and exhibitors. This is also the place to pick up your race materials, and you must pre-select a time slot via your NYRR dashboard.

(D) Hotels and Lodging

Compared to Boston, it’s much easier to book a hotel for the NYC Marathon because there’re tons of options, especially near the finish line (Central Park). If you prefer to stay close to the start line, you have quite a few to choose from as well, from luxury to affordable. Some might want to avoid NYC’s traffic and stay in New Jersey, close to MetLife Stadium where a bus will take you to the start point.

(E) Transportation

Ground transportation is not a problem in the big apple as you have many choices.

(F) Weather

Race day temperatures are usually between 45 – 55ºF.

NYC weather

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