New York City Marathon will return in November with a field of 33,000 runners, organizers announced Sunday.
New York City Marathon to return on Nov. 7 with a field of 33,000 sprinters. The New York Road Runners declared Monday that the 50th running of the New York City Marathon will be hung on Nov. 7. NYRR says an altered field of 33,000 sprinters was resolved in the wake of talking with state and city authorities.
Officials have not yet released the course details, but say the route will start at Staten Island, and end in Lower Manhattan. The event, which first launched in 1970, has grown in popularity over the years. It was held in April as recently as 2014. In its first year, the race drew about 17,000 runners. In 2017, the number topped 1 million.
The race started on a dead-end street in Staten Island, but for decades the official start line has been in Central Park, and along the course, spectators have had a good view of the runners heading north toward Harlem.
Many runners are inspired by the excitement on Staten Island, a borough of 3.1 million that sits a mere 16 miles from Manhattan.
After the race, revelers pack the waterfront to celebrate the joyous occasion with parties. The three-hour event is expected to draw about 50,000 spectators and an economic impact of more than $340 million, organizers say.
The race was canceled a year ago as a result of the Covid pandemic. Runners who registered for a year ago’s marathon were given the option to get a full refund of their entry fee or a guaranteed complimentary entry for 2021, 2022, or 2023 New York City Marathon. The current year’s race will oblige all runners who decided to run in 2021.