New York Marathon 2012: Latest Weather and Route Updates for This Year's Race

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2012

Nov 6, 2011; New York, NY, USA; Geoffrey Muttai (right) and a group of elite runners exit the Queensboro Bridge during the 2011 New York City marathon.  Mandatory Credit: John O'Boyle/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
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Despite a myriad of controversy in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 New York City Marathon will take place on Nov. 4. 

Started in 1970 and run the first Sunday of November, many wondered whether it was in good taste for this year's marathon to take place. Hurricane Sandy left many residents without power and 22 city residents dead after excessive flooding and wind caused hazardous conditions and incredible damage. 

Nonetheless, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the race will go on as planned, mostly for the sake of the city's economy, according to the Washington Post:

There’s an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy. There’s lots of people that have come here. It’s a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you’ve got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind.

With the mayor's blessing, the city should expect over 40,000 participants in nine different waves to be cheered upon by millions of onlookers, per ABC WIRC

For that reason, here is a look at the latest information on routes and the weather heading into Sunday's event. 


Route Updates

Luckily for runners, the effects of Hurricane Sandy mostly avoided the route runners will take on Sunday, according to the New York Daily News' Kevin Armstrong.

Still, there is considerable debris that construction crews must clear up in the coming days or there will have to be changes to the current route for safety purposes. 

As it currently stands, the race will begin in Staten Island, which was hit hard by the storm, and take the marathoners through each of New York City's five storied boroughs.

From Staten Island, the runners will scamper over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn and through Queens.

The course then sends runners weaving through Manhattan and the Bronx before eventually finishing in one of New York's most beloved landmarks, Central Park. 

For those who want an official picture of what the course map looks like, has an extremely detailed look at the race. 


Weather Update

According to, the torrential downpours of earlier this week are a thing of the past, and runners should have a clear and free day on Sunday. 

Though things tend to change, runners should expect a high of 49 degrees with a low of 36 with the sky covered by just partial clouds.

As for rain? A mere 10 percent chance that even the slightest drop touches a marathoner on Sunday.