The 2013 ING New York City Marathon is the largest race of its kind in the world, per Karla Bruning of the Washington Post, and the annual event watches the best runners travel through the five boroughs of the Big Apple.
While the battles of human determination and spirit will be on full display during this 26.2 mile run, the awe-inspiring backdrop of one of America’s most important cities will make this an unforgettable moment.
Running enthusiasts, casual racing fans and proud United States citizens will flood the street of New York Sunday and show their support for their fellow men and women.
*All stats and information via the NYC Marathon’s official website.
Where: New York City
When: Sunday, Nov. 3
Start Time: 9:40 a.m. ET
Watch: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: WatchABC
Full Course Route Map (via INGNYCMarathon.org)
2013 ING New York City Marathon Preview
The excitement surrounding this year’s New York Marathon is through the roof, and the anticipation of an event expected to include 45,000 runners, per Bruning, has the entire city feeling the energy of the festivities.
The race will be nationally televised by ESPN for the first time in 20 years. Coverage will be anchored by Hannah Storm and John Anderson with a heavy focus on the stories behind the runners and their respective journeys to race day, according to Neil Best of Long Island Newsday.
New York was forced to cancel last year’s event as a result of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the region. With a new determination from the people running and behind the scenes to get event back on track, this will be the city’s chance to shine through adversity.
Officials have also showed their support of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings by painting a yellow line alongside the traditional blue line that depicts the course for runners, according to Chris Lotsbom of LetsRun.com. The guide line represents the city of Boston’s strength.
Despite a tough set of circumstances over the last 12 months, this is the perfect chance for the runners and officials to make this year’s nationally televised event the inspirational moment the nation has needed.
The field is stacked with talented competitors looking to break Geoffrey Mutai's (2:05:06 in 2011) and Margaret Okayo's (2:22:31 in 2003) course records, but the overall focus will be on the stories behind the scenes of triumph through tragedy.
There will be no teams in Sunday’s race, only men and women all fighting for the same goal. That’s the perfect embodiment of what this country should be all about.