The ING New York City Marathon takes place Sunday through the 5 boroughs! Officials say the fallen trees and debris from the ‘snowtober’ storm last week has been completely removed and the runners will have no worries through their 26.2 miles!
The blue lines have been painted on the ground and we have (just about) everything you need to know for the big day Sunday.
- A record 47,000 runners are expected to participate, an increase over the record 45,000 starters last year
- 2.5 million spectators will be along the route to cheer the runners on
- You will be able to track your runner’s progress through text message or at the marathon’s official website
- Some celebs are running for the first time, including Rangers hockey legend Mark Messier, US Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno, ‘Saved by the Bell’ star Mario Lopez, Olympic softball star Jennie Finch and former supermodel Christy Turlington
- Former ‘Survivor’ winner Ethan Zohn still plans to run despite announcing his cancer returned earlier this week
- There will be 20,000 first-time marathoners
- The 26.2 mile race begins on the Staten Island side of the Verrazano Bridge and ends in Central Park
- The Marathon Health and Fitness Expo is being held now through Saturday at the Jacob Javitz Center – admission is FREE
- If you can’t make it out, coverage of the marathon begins at 9am on NBC
- The Verrazano Bridge will be completely closed from 7am – 3pm
- Tomorrow for “marathon eve” the runners will gather and a free fireworks show happens at 7:30pm right over the marathon finish line at west 67th street and Central Park West
Most important to us, Mr. G will be running this year! His bib number is 56978 and you can find out more about tracking his progress HERE on Sunday, good luck G!