How to Watch the New York City Marathon in 2022

If you live in New York, Marathon Sunday is a can’t-miss event.

Runners have raced through New York City’s five boroughs almost every year since 1970 for the New York City Marathon. It’s an exciting day in New York—”Marathon Sunday” should be a city-wide holiday—and it’s worth seeing live if you can.
The professional wheelchair division kicks off the marathon at 8 a.m. ET, followed by the handcycle category at 8:22 a.m., professional women at 8:40 a.m., and professional men at 9:05 a.m. The five general waves of runners begin at 9:10 a.m. and last 35 minutes.

Here’s how to watch, or stream, the New York City Marathon:


How to watch the New York City marathon in person:

The marathon course is open to spectators from mile 3 to mile 26. I staked out a spot on First Avenue in Manhattan (miles 16 through 18) to cheer on a friend running a few years ago, and the energy was incredible—past it’s the halfway point of the race, and runners definitely need the extra encouragement.

The race passes through all five boroughs, and while the Staten Island leg is closed to spectators, check the race map to see where else you can watch. The New York City Road Runners, the organisation that organises the marathon, recommends watching the marathon at various points.

How to stream the New York City Marathon:

The race will be broadcast on ABC 7 in New York from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Outside of New York, ESPN 2 will have race coverage at the same time. You can also watch the race live on,, or the ESPN app. The pro races will also be livestreamed on the New York City Marathon app.

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