Mother Nature can bring all the wind, rain, thunder and lighting she wants, but the New York Marathon will go on. Have no fear.
Despite the disastrous impact Superstorm Sandy had on New York City over the course of this week, the marathon is scheduled to happen as planned on Sunday, Nov. 4.
The city endured debilitating flooding and power outages on Monday, but somehow, the marathon's organizers will find a way to make sure the race goes off without a hitch. As Mary Wittenberg of the New York Road Runners told The New York Times' Ken Belson and Mary Pilon in a statement:
NYRR continues to move ahead with its planning and preparation. We will keep all options open with regard to making any accommodations and adjustments necessary to race day and race weekend events.
The marathon is expected to draw about 47,000 runners, 8,000 volunteers, 1,000 staff and 2 million spectators, according to The Times. The Los Angeles Times' Joseph Serna, however, reports that up to 20,000 runners could be affected by the storm.
Here's everything you need to know about Sunday's race.
Where: New York, N.Y.
When: Sunday, Nov. 4
Start Times (via INGNYCMarathon.org)
|8:30 a.m.||Men's wheelchair division|
|8:35 a.m. ||Women's wheelchair division|
|8:45 a.m. ||Foot Locker Five Borough Challenge|
|8:55 a.m. ||Handcycle category|
|8:55 a.m. ||Ambulatory Athletes with Disabilities (AAWD), slower wheelchairs, handcycles|
|9:10 a.m. ||Professional women|
|9:40 a.m. ||Wave 1|
|10:05 a.m. ||Wave 2|
|10:30 a.m. ||Wave 3|
|10:55 a.m. ||Wave 4|
According to Adventure-Marathon.com, the course runs through the five boroughs of New York, starting in Staten Island, then traveling over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and into Brooklyn and Queens, then on to Manhattan and the Bronx before finishing in Central Park.
For anyone who's interested in sightseeing during the run, this is the course for you. Runners will traverse five bridges throughout the course of the marathon and will encounter some of the city's most exciting sights along the way.
Some of the course, however, could be compromised by Sandy: According to The Times, some roads were still impassable as of Tuesday, and race officials had yet to determine whether or not they would be cleared (or drained) in time for the race.
Extended TV Information (via RunnerSpace.com)
You can watch the marathon live on the race's official website. In addition:
- Those of you in the NYC metro area can watch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on ABC7 and on 7online.com.
- ESPN2 will air the race from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and it will be live streamed on ESPN3 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Highlights will be aired on local ABC affiliates from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
As of Wednesday, Sunday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with high temperatures reaching 51 degrees and low temperatures dipping down to 38 degrees, according to Weather.com.
There's a 10 percent chance of rain, and winds will be blowing from the Northwest at eight mph with 63 percent humidity.