This Sunday, November 4, The 2018 New York City Marathon will be run for its 48th time. The race is an annual marathon that courses through the five boroughs of New York City. It is the largest marathon in the world, with 51,394 finishers in 2016, 50,773 finishers in 2017, and 98,247 applicants for the 2018 race.

So why do you care? BECAUSE IT’S SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH!! Last year I lost my voice cheering on all the awesome runners, and you can too!

The Course

2018 New York City Marathon Course

The 26.2 mile course travels through all five boroughs. The starting line is in Staten Island at the Western end of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and participants run through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx before crossing the finish line in Central Park, just outside of Tavern on the Green. Take a look at the map with all the info on subway closures for the day here.

Because the race runs through all five boroughs of New York City you must know this: Travelling on Sunday is going to be incredibly difficult and there are many road and bridge closures. Plan ahead or you’re going to be stuck for quite some time!

The attached map is a handy way to pick somewhere to watch from, or you can use the official guide to select a spot (I’ll be on the Upper East Side)!

Things To Know

There are LOTS of people who come out to watch the race so know that the track is going to be filled with people.

For that reason, people you may know running in the race might not be able to see you, so to give you the best chance be sure to download the official app so you can track people!

With lots of people also comes lots of security so keep your head screwed on, don’t be silly, and enjoy what should be a great fun day! High five, yell loud, be supportive… It’s a long run for these (little-bit-nuts) runners!

Don’t Know Anyone To Cheer For?

If you don’t know anyone in the race but want to cheer loud, look for people’s names that will be written on their chests and shirts. You will be able to see them from some distance and if they’re looking a bit low, or look like they need a shout, SCREAM THEIR NAME LOUD AND PROUD! You have absolutely no idea how great it feels to see a smile from someone who’s starting to regret their decision to run halfway through!

Don’t get in any runners’ ways, keep an eye out for flying banana peels and love every moment, it’s so much fun (if you can’t tell from my writing).

Ooh and if you want to pick out someone for me: Look for the Variety – the Children’s Charity of New South Wales Heart and red shirts (see below)! Scream and shout their name and show them that America Josh loves them.

Variety NSW Charity Runners NYC Marathon 2018


First and most importantly: In big, thick tape or a really solid marker, spell out your first name on the front and back of your running shirt. The BEST thing you can do is spell this out solidly because you’ll have people SCREAMING your name (see above) cheering you on!! 

If you’re running there are lots of resources for information out there like 26.2 Things You Never Knew About the NYC Marathon or NYC Marathon 2017: 9 things to know for the start.

If you’re running, I’d love to cheer out for you when you come past, so be sure to comment below with your bib number and/or name so we can get the expat community behind you!

Best of luck!