How To Watch NYC Marathon 2019 Live Streaming Online. The 49th-annual NYC Marathon will bring tens of thousands of runners and many more spectators to the streets of all five boroughs on Sunday, Nov. 3.
Whether you’re running 26.2 miles on Sunday, watching from home, trying to find a great vantage spot or trying to avoid the race course, here’s everything you need to know about the NYC Marathon in 2019.
The first NYC Marathon in 1970 looked nothing like today’s event. The race was run entirely within Central Park and only 127 runners — all men — participated. Now, the course spans all five boroughs and the field is much more inclusive.
The marathon kicks off on the Staten Island side of the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge and proceeds into Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. Runners then double back into Manhattan and cross the finish line in Central Park.
New Yorkers and tourists will be out in full force early Sunday morning to claim a prime spot to watch the runners. If you want to see all the runners with an unobstructed view, prepare to wake up early in order to claim a good spot.
The course’s main stretches on Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue and Manhattan’s First and Fifth avenues are always popular among spectators, but the crowds can be spread more thin because the course runs along the avenues for dozens of blocks.
Notable locations that can get packed include the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge, were runners entering the borough from Queens begin the 16th mile of the race, and near the finish line in Central Park.
The NYC Marathon is an internationally-renowned event, and most people tuning into this year’s race will be watching from home. In the New York City area, ABC7 will broadcast the race from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live streaming will also be offered on the ABC app.
ESPN 2 will host the nationwide broadcast, also from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the New York Road Runners. Again, viewers have the option of watching the broadcast using their phones or tablets and the ESPN App.
Both broadcasts will likely focus on the professional runners and fast finishers. Facebook will take over with a finish line stream from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a “final finishers” celebration from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The NYC Marathon brings joy to just about everyone in the city, except for drivers. The 26.2-mile racecourse is entirely mapped out on city streets that would otherwise be reserved for motor vehicles, which means the NYPD closes a ton of streets on marathon day.
Police officials haven’t released a full list of street closures, but the entire race course will be shut down to cars as well as a number of nearby roads.
HOW TO WATCH NYC Marathon 2019
WHAT: 2019 NYC Marathon
WHEN: Sunday, November 3; professional women’s race starts at 9:20 a.m. ET
In New York: ABC7NY will air the race on TV from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the U.S.: You can watch the race on ESPN 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will also be live streamed on ESPN3 (accessible on ESPN app and ESPN.com) from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. You can view live footage of the finish line on ESPN3 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2019 NYC Marathon
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3
Time: 9:10 a.m. pro women, 9:40 p.m. pro men
Location: Staten Island to Central Park (map here)