The 2019 New York City Marathon will be run for its 49th time on November 3, 2019. The NYC Marathon is an annual race that winds through the five boroughs of New York City and is the largest marathon in the world. With 52,813 finishers for the 2018 race and more than 50,000 running this year it’s sure to be another awesome day out for runners and spectators alike!

On that, even if you’re not a runner, the best thing about the New York City Marathon is that it involves everyone in the city and if I’m honest: It’s one of the most fun days on my New York calendar every year. So here’s everything you need to know about it!

Join the NYC Marathon with America Josh event on Facebook to share your details and meet friends to cheer with and cheer for!

The NYC Marathon Course

TCS New York Marathon 2019The 26.2 mile (i.e. Marathon) 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: Traveling and getting around on Sunday is a nightmare 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 spectator watch the New York Marathon race guide to select a spot!

How to spectate the New York City Marathon 2019

The most important thing to know is that like everything in New York there are more people than you can possibly imagine outside and watching the race (especially if the weather is nice).

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 (the link is still showing the 2018 information so I’ll update this when the 2019 app is live)!

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, and 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).

If you want to adopt a runner be sure to keep an eye on the comments below where I’ll share runner details and you can put them into the tracking app.

Those who have traveled a long way to run will love it if you can yell and cheer just for them!

Running in the 2019 NYC Marathon?

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 name so we can get the America Josh community behind you!

Best of luck!