Whether it's the World Series or Super Bowl XLVIII, New York City routinely serves as the center of the sport's universe, and on Sunday all eyes will be on the Big Apple, where thousands of long-distance runners will push themselves and each other to the limits at the 2013 ING NYC Marathon.
Last year's event was the subject of endless controversy in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and was ultimately canceled after lengthy debate among city officials.
With New York City and the long-distance running community having experienced tremendous adversity over the past year, this weekend's marathon is sure to offer a much-needed reprieve for both.
Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know ahead of Sunday's highly anticipated NYC Marathon.
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Start Time: 9:40 a.m. ET
Where: New York City
TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: WatchABC
Course Breakdown (via INGNYCMarathon.org)
This year's NYC Marathon course will take runners on an incredible tour of the city. Competitors will start in Staten Island, crossing the the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn before making their way into Queens.
After 15 miles, the runners will cross the Queensboro Bridge, making their way into Manhattan. After passing through the Bronx the runners will finish up in Central Park.
Here's a look at the course from ground level.
What to Expect
For the first time in two decades, Sunday's NYC Marathon will be nationally televised by ESPN, allowing viewers from all over to tune in from their couch or on the go via ABC's live streaming coverage.
As far as the field of runners is concerned, expect a tremendous turnout.
According to Voice of America's Carolyn Weaver, 48,000 runners are expected to converge on the Big Apple this weekend, including 19,000 international competitors.
In addition to the plethora of runners, be sure to look out for the yellow line painted on the street alongside the traditional blue line that highlights the course. Event officials added the line to show support for those affected by last April's Boston Marathon bombings, according to Chris Lotsbom of LetsRun.com.
Even if long-distance running isn't exactly your cup of tea, the return of the NYC Marathon on Sunday will be worth a watch.
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