The 2013 ING New York City Marathon will get under way on Sunday with a magnificent route spanning much of one of the world's most prominent cities.
It should be a spectacular, emotionally charged scene not only because of the race itself, but for the recent history behind it. Last year's event was canceled due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
But as reported by Nicole Lyn Pesce of the New York Daily News, approximately 2,000 runners gathered to run the route anyway. That captured the competitive spirit and determination that make this run so unique.
Training for the 26.2-mile test requires obvious commitment, so it's no wonder some of the supreme athletes chose to push on.
In honor of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings in April, the finish line will include a yellow line along with the typical blue one, per LetsRun.com's Chris Lotsbom.
There are a lot of stirring sentiments entering this race, and it will also be nationally televised, which hasn't been the case in recent years. Read on to find out more about the route and where to catch this can't-miss affair.
Note: Information is courtesy of INGNYCMarathon.org unless otherwise noted.
New York City Marathon Viewing Information
When: Sunday, Nov. 3
Where: New York City
Start Time: 9:40 a.m. EDT. For a complete start timeline, visit the race's official website.
Watch: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: ABC
The race can be seen in stretches from all five boroughs, although the Bronx is the only one where the route doesn't quite reach.
Runners will start the grueling physical journey on Staten Island and cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. Dean Balsamini of the Staten Island Advance broke down the traffic situation that the race presents.
The majority of the route winds through Brooklyn and bends briefly into Queens before passing over the Queensboro Bridge and into Manhattan.
It's going to be quite a finish since the route stops in Central Park, where runners can seek much-needed rest after the lengthy test of fortitude, will and toughness.
What will make for captivating viewing is that the telecast will focus on the myriad amazing individual stories that emerge from the marathon.
While some athletes will blow spectators away with their speed, the majority of the estimated tens of thousands of finishers will be pleased just to reach the Central Park sanctuary.
Marathon coverage has increased a ton in the past three decades or so, as the race's official Twitter highlighted:
Between all the individual storylines, the recent history of marathons and the national TV platform, this year's race promises to be a notable entry in the affair's illustrious tradition.