Thousands of runners and spectators are expected to turn out for the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday. If you are heading into the city for the 43rd running of the marathon, here are a few things you need to know:
ROUTE: Through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx and back in Manhattan
OFFICIAL START TIMES: 8:45 a.m.: Foot Locker Five Borough Challenge;
8:55 a.m.: Achilles Handcycle category and select athletes with disabilities;
9:10 a.m.: Professional women;
10:30 a.m.: Wave 3;
10:55 a.m.: Wave 4
GETTING AROUND THE CITY: Many streets will be closed to traffic. Use the subway to travel.
BAGGAGE INSPECTION: More baggage inspection areas will be in place. All bags and items entering marathon venues and events are subject to inspection. To speed access and avoid longer lines, officials strongly recommend not bringing a bag.
WATCHING FROM HOME: In the New York City metro area, watch the race day broadcast live on ABC7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Live streaming also will be available on WatchABC and 7online.com from 7 a.m. to 2 pm.
Nationally, live coverage will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.com from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The ABC and ESPN broadcasts will be available on tablets or smartphones with the apps downloaded.
Friends and family can watch their runners cross the finish line with the Find Your Finish Cam from 10 a.m. to 3p.m.
SUGGESTIONS FOR CHEERING RUNNERS: Dress in layers and bring additional warm, wind-resistant clothing.
Keep cheering. The slower runners appreciate support just as much as the speedier ones maybe even more.
Be specific about where youll be for the best chance of spotting runners Outside the coffee shop at the southwest corner of 85th and First Avenue is much more helpful than somewhere in the 80s on First.
Dont say Youre almost finished. For marathoners, the last two miles often feel longer than the first 24.
SOURCE: The ING New York City Marathon website, MTA