The excitement surrounding the 2013 ING New York City Marathon has reached a fever pitch, and the focus has shifted to witnessing Sunday’s marquee race.
This is the largest marathon in the world, per Karla Bruning of the Washington Post, and the annual event hosts the best runners from around the globe.
Not only will the NYC Marathon showcase the successes and struggles of the human race, but it will also put the majesty of the Big Apple on full display. This is a race that all fans of sports in general will be able to get behind.
*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
For the first time in 20 years, the biggest marathon will make its way back to national television as ESPN carries the coverage Sunday. With a focus from the broadcast team on the stories behind the runners as much as the race itself, according to Neil Best of Long Island Newsday, this promises to be an emotional day.
As if the focus of a national television audience wasn’t enough pressure for NYC Marathon organizers, the fact that this event was cancelled last year while the city dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has the hype around the race through the roof.
The 2013 field is one of the most impressive in history—45,000 runners, per Bruning—and the competitors will be trying to beat the course record. Geoffrey Mutai holds the men’s record of 2:05:06 in 2011, and Margaret Okayo holds the women’s record of 2:22:31 in 2003.
While Weather.com is calling for a partly cloudy day with plenty of wind, the event is looking to stay dry and go off without a hitch. With Mother Nature cooperating, the stage has been set for a great race.
Between the stories of triumph, the excellent on-course racing and the atmosphere of the biggest marathon in the world, Sunday’s showcase of the human will promises to be one for the ages.