This Sunday, The New York City Marathon will be run for its 47th 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 and 98,247 applicants for the 2017 race.

So why do you care? Because from what I’ve been told (this is my first, too) it’s an absolutely incredible thing to see.

The Course

NYC 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 for someone at random be sure to check out Adopt A Runner.

For those runners who don’t know anyone in the city, this website allows them to be matched up with you, a New York City dweller and have you as their personal support! You can then track them using the app above and be sure to cheer extra loud when they come past!


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!

About the Author

America Josh

I had a fantastic life in Adelaide and in Australia but thought in late 2015 that it was time to do something new. I handed over control of my company, sold my house, car, and even gave away my cat (“Aslan”) to start on my journey to New York.

I arrived in New York on January 10, 2017, from Adelaide, South Australia and in March 2017, I started America Josh to help make the transition to the US from wherever you’re from just a little bit easier.

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