Everything you need to know about the New York City Marathon 2022

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Photo credit: Elsa - Getty Images
Photo credit: Elsa - Getty Images

To many, New York City is the city that never sleeps. To runners, it's the city with no finish line. That's figuratively speaking, of course – the New York City marathon returns this autumn, and it definitely has an actual finish line.

This is everything you need to know about the New York City marathon, including how to get entry, what the route is, and what to expect on the start line.

What is the New York City marathon?

It's the world's biggest marathon, and it's been run almost every year since 1970 on the first Sunday in November. The last two events were affected by Covid – there was no 2020 marathon, and the numbers were capped at 33,000 in 2021 – but usually more than 50,000 runners compete.

When is the New York City marathon?

The race is on 6 November 2022, with wheelchair athletes starting at 8am, hand-cyclists and some runners with disabilities from 8:22am, professional women at 8:40am and professional men at 9:05am.

You'll be in the five waves of runners starting from 9:10am, each starting 35 minutes after the previous one. The last wave starts at 11:30am.

What is the route of the New York City marathon?

The marathon starts on Staten Island, before crossing the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge over into Brooklyn. The next 11 miles or so weave north through the western side of the borough up Fourth Avenue before heading up to Queens, over the Queensboro Bridge and onto Manhattan. Then it's north up First Avenue, a quick loop into the Bronx and back onto Manhattan before the final stretch into Central Park.

How to enter the New York City marathon

The popularity of the race means that slots are allocated by a lottery system. The draw for general entry happened in March, so you're a little late for that one. However, you can still apply to run with an official charity partner or via an international tour operator. You can read more here. The entry fee is $295, or around £253.

What's the easiest way to get to the start line?

If you're lucky enough to have got a place, there's transport in place: you can choose from taking the Staten Island Ferry, the Midtown Bus or the New Jersey Bus to get there in time for your wave's start time.

How do I defer my place if I'm injured?

Log into your account for the race and cancel your participation before midnight the night before the marathon. Your fee is non-refundable, but you are eligible for guaranteed entry the following year.

What are the Covid procedures?

According to the official website, all runners "will be required to wear a face covering while in the start area and must keep their face covering on, covering their mouth and nose, until after they cross the start line."

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