The 2011 NYC Marathon along 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. (Photo: Brian Hedden)
[UPDATE] On Friday, November 2, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the 2012 NYC Marathon would be cancelled due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The original post is below.
The ING New York City Marathon is coming up in one-and-a-half weeks – Sunday, November 4. As in years past, runners begin the race on the Staten Island side of the Verrazano Bridge, and come up 4th Avenue through Bay Ridge on their way to Queens, the Bronx, and the finish line in Central Park.
The first competitors – the wheelchair division – begin at 8:30am. The professional women leave their marks at 9:10am, and the professional men follow a half-hour later at 9:40am. The last wave leaves Staten Island at 10:55am. It takes runners approximately 10 minutes to cross the Verrazano Bridge and reach the southern end of Bay Ridge.
Most runners will reach 4th Avenue via 92nd or 94th Streets. Some, however, will come further north and come across via 74th Street (from 7th Avenue to 6th Avenue) and Bay Ridge Parkway (6th Avenue to 4th Avenue).
Reminder: November 4 is the first day after the time change from Eastern Daylight to Eastern Standard, when clocks are set back by one hour. So everyone has an extra hour to sleep in before the race! Click to see the NYC Marathon route map through Bay Ridge…