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The Marathon, Mile by Mile

Posted Oct 27 2010 12:00am

 For a full-sized PDF of the course, click here .

Hey fabulous RFYL followers,

Sorry for the lack of creativity in this post-- save for this disclaimer, everything on this entry came straight from the marathon's official web site . A complete spectator guide can be found here .

A bunch of you guys have been asking for details on how to figure out when I'm going to reach a certain point in the race. If you're one of the golden kids with an iPhone or iPod touch (I don't even have one myself), stay tuned for details on downloading the free marathon app, coming this weekend.

As for the rest of you guys, I'm set to cross the starting line at 10:10 a.m. (and I'm going to do my very best to not cut through early or late!) and I'm going to shoot for 10 minute miles throughout the race, aiming to finish in 4:30. So if you want to try to calculate and catch me at the halfway point in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for example, I'll probably be coming through at approximately 12:20 p.m. And if you want to catch me at the finish line at Tavern on the Green on the west side of CP, I'm choosing to be optimistic and advising you to get there by 2:10 p.m. in case my leggies are acting extra ambitious on Race Day. :)

Here are the details, mile by mile. T-Minus 10 excited to see so many familiar faces along the way on Nov. 7!


Miles 1–2: Staten Island and the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge
Sorry, the start of the race on Staten Island is closed to spectators. Tune in to NBC4 New York for live coverage of the start.

Mile 2: Bay Ridge
Spectators get their first glimpse of runners is the pack comes off the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge. Crowds are relatively sparse here, and the view is spectacular!

Miles 3–8: Fourth Avenue
This five-mile stretch of the race has more than 30 official entertainment spots. Position yourself near one of the bands for double the fun.

Miles 8–9: Fort Greene to Clinton Hill
An official cheering station and the merging of three lanes make the eight-mile mark at the Brooklyn Academy of Music a hot spot for watching the race. Enthusiasm continues up Lafayette Avenue, where crowds can be less dense.

Miles 10–12: Williamsburg
As the race makes a sharp left onto Bedford Avenue, the route crosses South Williamsburg—traditionally a Hassidic Jewish neighborhood—before crossing into the hipster haven of Williamsburg. McCarren Park is a popular vantage point.

Miles 12–13: Greenpoint
Further off the beaten path than Williamsburg, the miles through Greenpoint on both sides of the Pulaski Bridge (which is closed to spectators) are populated by loyal Brooklynites.

Miles 13–15: Queens
The Queens portion of the race has enough onlookers to be exciting, but not so many that you’ll be uncomfortable. Plus, Queensboro Plaza offers easy access back into Manhattan via several subway lines.

Miles 15–16: Queensboro Bridge
Spectators are not permitted on the bridge, but the lead-up to it is a popular spot from which to watch the race.

Miles 16–19: First Avenue
These are some of the most crowded miles of the course, but some say the sight of runners coming off the bridge is worth the six-person-deep crowds. Spectators tend to thin out above 96th Street.

Miles 19–21: The Bronx
Only one mile of the marathon course is in the Bronx. Many runners may hit “The Wall” at this point, and they rely on cheers to carry them through.

Miles 21–23: Harlem and North Central Park
Harlem’s vitality and enthusiasm make it a high-energy place to watch from. You might also see the elite athletes staging breakaways.
Miles 23–24: Fifth Avenue
A slight incline makes this a grueling part of the race for runners. Throngs of spectators provide a much-needed boost.

Miles 24–26.2: Central Park and Central Park South
Crowds will be dense but very enthusiastic inside the park; be prepared to bump elbows with strangers.
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