The Course, The Finish, Where to Watch

March 17, 2013 5:24:24 AM PDT
The course, the cheer zones, the best places to watch the race - it's all here!START, COURSE, AND FINISH
The course takes runners on a tour of Manhattan: from Central Park through Times Square, along the West Side Highway, and around the southern tip of the island to a riverside finish at the South Street Seaport. An improved course this year will extend the race farther from Central Park and alleviate crowding. Runners will start on Central Park's West Drive near 64th Street, just south of the famed finish line of the ING New York City Marathon, and head southeast.

Runners start on Central Park's West Drive near 64th Street, head south, and make a complete counter-clockwise loop of the park. They then continue to the southern end of the park, exit onto Seventh Avenue, and head south to Times Square. A right turn onto 42nd Street takes runners to 12th Avenue (West Side Highway), where they turn right, go north for two blocks, and then turn around at 44th Street and run south along the Hudson River waterfront on the West Side Highway to Lower Manhattan. They take the Battery Park Underpass to FDR Drive and take the South Street exit, cross over South Street onto Old Slip, turn right onto Water Street and continue to the finish line on Water Street at Wall Street.

The course includes 11 aid stations supplying water and Gatorade Endurance Formula; the station just before Mile 9 will also supply Power Bar Energy Gels.

Wheelchair start: 7:15 a.m.
Runner start: 7:30 a.m.

  • WABC-TV ? Live coverage of the race from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., following the action from start to finish
  • ESPN3 ? Live streaming concurrent with the WABC-TV broadcast
  • NYRR's On the Run at ? 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, with a post-race recap on Sunday evening.

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Tune In on WABC7
WABC-TV will broadcast the race live from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on race day. The broadcast will also be streamed on ESPN3 and available on the WATCH ESPN mobile app. Tune in Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. on this site for our On the Run broadcast. Get insider access to pro athletes, learn about inspirational heroes running in the Half to overcome challenges, and retailers recovering from the storm downtown. And don't miss our Sunday night wrap-up show at 8 P.M. featuring highlights of race day.

ON the Run @ NYC Half: Feature broadcast Friday, Saturday and Sunday Recap

Start Line Area
  • Post Start (south of start line) near pro athlete warm-up
  • Barricaded zone for approx 100 special fans
  • Hats/t-shirts as giveaways

  • Times Square "Sing-a-Long" Spectator Zone
  • Directly in front of stage, behind track boards/mesh
  • Barricaded zone for approx 100 special fans
  • Check-in with spectator pen manager, hats/t-shirts as giveaways

  • West Side Highway @ Chambers Street Spectator Zone
  • Across the course from the stage, in right turn lane
  • Barricaded zone for approx 100 special fans
  • Hats/t-shirts as giveaways

  • Finish Line Area
  • Bleachers just before the Finish Line
  • Barricaded zone for approx 100 special fans
  • Hats/t-shirts as giveaways
  • Shillelagh Law will headline the Post-Race Festival Presented by United, with opening act Angie Atkinson