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About the Event
What is the TCS New York City Marathon?
The New York City Marathon has grown from a Central Park race with 55 finishers (out of 127 entrants) in 1970 to the world's biggest and most popular marathon, with more than 52,000 finishers in 2018.
The TCS New York City Marathon course runs through all five of New York City's boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan.
You don’t get much better surroundings at a marathon start line than Fort Wadsworth’s Civil War-era fortifications. Runners then cross the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, with sweeping views of New York harbour and then head for some relatively flat miles on the streets of Brooklyn. A tough climb up Queensboro Bridge is rewarded with some great views, and then a descent into Manhattan where huge throngs of spectators await. Runners then cross into the Bronx before heading back into Manhattan, through Harlem, and the then the final push through Central Park for the welcome finish line.
There are four wave starts for the mass field, with runners assigned to starts and corrals according to the projected finish time (or pace per mile) provided on the Marathon application.
How to enter the TCS New York City Marathon
Entry to the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon is via a draw system which is free to enter and limited to one entry per person. It is open to US resident and non-US residents with entry fees only payable on success in the draw. The window for entry runs for one month, usually mid-January to mid-February, with the draw at the end of February.
Run for charity
If you don't secure a place through the draw, you may still be able to run the marathon with a charity entry place. For US runners there is a list of Official Charity Partners to whom you can apply to run on their behalf.
For UK-based runners there are charity places available which are allocated on the basis that you will raise an agreed amount of money for the charity. If you are interested in running the TCS New York City Marathon for charity or would like to express an interest in running for a specific charity then have a look at the UK charity listings page.
Want to know more?
To find out more about signing up, charity places and any other event information you want to know about the TCS New York City Marathon, then visit the official website.