New York City Marathon


Photo by Martineric on Flickr

The New York City Marathon will return in full force this fall, race organizers announced Thursday, after limiting capacity last year and canceling the year before. The world’s largest marathon will take place on November 6 with 50,000 runners competing. All runners participating in the race must be fully vaccinated.

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Events, Features, History

The lead female runners at 81st Street and 1st Avenue in 2015, photo © 6sqft

The world’s largest marathon takes place this Sunday, returning to the five boroughs after a pandemic hiatus last year. On November 7, the 50th New York City Marathon will look slightly different this year, bringing together roughly 33,000 runners, which is about 20,000 fewer participants than usual because of Covid-19. The marathon wasn’t always the largest in the world, however. Started by the New York Road Runners Club in 1970, the race began as a few loops around Central Park with just over 100 runners. But the passion of its founders, coupled with the spirit of the city, grew the marathon into a monumental event. In honor of the upcoming 2021 Marathon, 6sqft is taking a look back at the history of the race, its greatest moments, and what’s in store for this year.

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Events, Policy

The lead female runners at 81st Street and 1st Avenue in 2015, photo © 6sqft

Runners, take your mark. The annual New York City Marathon will be held this fall after last year’s event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the world’s largest marathon will take place on November 7, the 50th running of the race. Participation will be limited to 60 percent capacity, or 33,000 runners, according to the governor.

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Events, Transportation

Image by Martineric via flickr via Wikimedia cc.

The TCS New York City Marathon hits the streets Sunday, November 3rd, so it won’t be business as usual if you’re trying to get from point A to Point B. The MTA has released a subway map–complete with pre-race highlights, runner-specific activities and events and prime viewing locations to make your Marathon Sunday travels easier. Whether you’re running, watching or just trying to get around town, check the map and visit the MTA website for all the weekend changes.

Marathon subway map, transit changes and street closures this way

weekend subway service

One of the best New York City events takes place this weekend: the NYC Marathon. With an expected 50,000 runners participating in the race on Sunday, and thousands more cheering on the sidelines, you can definitely expect some transit and traffic disruptions. The marathon kicks of 8:30 a.m. in Staten Island and ends in Central Park. In addition to typical subway delays and reroutes (or just a total lack of service), the MTA is also closing the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge on Nov. 4 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you need help getting to the event on Sunday, check out the Marathon Subway Map from the MTA. And ahead, find the rest of the subway service changes planned for this weekend.

Here’s the subway situation


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