NEW YORK (WABC) – It’s Marathon Sunday in New York City, as 50,000 runners wind their way through the five boroughs over a 26.2-mile route.
According to AccuWeather, the weather is ideal for running. Temperatures will start in the low 50s and reach a high of around 60 around midday.
Watch the 2023 TCS NYC Marathon on Sunday starting at 7:00 am on Channel 7!
The 52nd Annual TCS NYC Marathon begins at 8:00 a.m. with the Professional Wheelchair category, followed by the Handbike category and select athletes with disabilities.
The professional women’s division begins at 8:40 a.m., followed by the men’s division at 9:05 a.m
After that, general runners will start in waves from 9:10 a.m. to 11:35 a.m
The journey begins with the roar of cannons on Staten Island, but the racers won’t be here long. The first mile takes runners over the majestic Verrazzano Narrows Bridge, where they face the steepest climb of the marathon. Runners run north through Brooklyn and Queens before turning west across the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan, north into the Bronx and then back into Manhattan to the finish in Central Park.
New York City Marathon route mapBrittany Bell lays out the route runners will follow in the NYC Marathon
Last year’s men’s champion, Kenya’s Evans Chebet, is not taking part.
In the women’s event, Sharon Lokedi will defend her title against a strong group of runners including Boston Marathon champion Hellen Obiri, 2021 Olympic and New York champion Peres Jepchirchir and former marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei.
Lokedi won in her marathon debut last year, taking the New York Laurel Wreath crown in 2:23.23. She pulled away in the last two miles of the race and won in unseasonably warm temperatures in the 70s. It was one of the hottest days in racing history since the marathon was moved to November in 1986.
The New York City Marathon also serves as the U.S. Paralympics Trials, with up to four wheelchair athletes becoming the first athletes in any sport to make the team for the 2024 Paris Games. The top two Americans in the men’s and women’s NYC Marathon will qualify for the Paralympics as long as they also meet a minimum qualifying time and achieve a high enough ranking since last October.
The New York Police Department will take increased security measures for the marathon.
“As tensions rise around the globe, there is growing concern about the impact they will have here at home,” said NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban. “There are currently no credible or specific threats to the marathon or our city. However, we will still implement a comprehensive security plan.”
There have been numerous protests in New York City since the Israel-Hamas war began last month.
Discover more coverage of the 2023 TCS NYC Marathon here and tune in to Channel 7 starting at 7 a.m. Sunday for coverage of the race.
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