Elite long-distance runners from around the world have descended on the United States' most populous city for Sunday's 2016 New York City Marathon. It's one of the year's marquee running events and part of the World Marathon Majors series.
The Kenyan duo of Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany are the reigning champions in the event. In fact, runners from Kenya have been unstoppable in New York over the past three years, combining to win all six of the men's and women's titles in the open division.
With that in mind, let's check out all of the important details for Sunday's race. That's followed by a look at the schedule and a preview for what to expect during the latest edition of the annual showcase.
2016 Race Information
Where: All five boroughs of New York City
When: Sunday, Nov. 6
Full Route: Course Map (PDF file)
Road Closures: Complete list (via NBC New York)
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Official Start Times
|2016 New York City Marathon Starting Order|
|8:30 a.m.||Professional Wheelchair Division|
|8:52 a.m.||Achilles Handcycle Category and Select Athletes with Disabilities|
|8:55 a.m.||Foot Locker Five-Borough Challenge|
|9:20 a.m.||Professional Women|
|9:50 a.m.||Wave 1 (Including Professional Men)|
|10:15 a.m.||Wave 2|
|10:40 a.m.||Wave 3|
|11 a.m.||Wave 4|
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Although the New York City Marathon is a key stop for champion runners, the location also makes it a popular choice for the casual competitor. Getting a chance to navigate all five boroughs in one of the world's most famous cities is an obvious attraction.
The combination of those two factors make for a race unmatched around the world. The New York Road Runners group announced last year's race attracted 50,235 runners and 49,595 finishers, making it the world's largest marathon for 2015.
Biwott posted the best time of them all at 2:10:34 to win the men's race. He admitted winning the race has caused him to become a much bigger name in the world of athletics as he returns to New York looking to secure back-to-back victories, according to the New York Road Runners:
New York is special to me because it was here I won my first title in the Abbott World Marathon Majors. After last year, my name has been spread worldwide, and I have been considered among the top athletes in the world. That's why I always like to return to New York, where I left a piece of my heart.
Meanwhile, Keitany is attempting to capture her third straight win in New York. She'd become just the third woman to reach that level of success, but Aimee Berg of USA Today noted the Kenyan isn't putting too much pressure on herself going into the race.
"I don't fear anything," Keitany said. "Somebody may be just as strong, but I never mind. We will do the running, and the best one will win. That's my motto. If it's me, OK. If it's the other one, OK."
One other notable competitor is Gwen Jorgensen. The American triathlete captured the gold medal in the women's triathlon at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, showcasing otherworldly stamina to pull away from the field during the running leg.
Sunday is going to mark her first marathon, though. She told Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports even she's unsure how it's going to play out, especially after just competing in a three-day triathlon event that wrapped up last weekend.
"I'm not setting any goals or expectations," Jorgensen said. "I have no idea what's going to happen."
All told, those are just a few of the intriguing storylines heading into the race. And with the Weather Channel forecasting a nice day with only a small chance of precipitation, it should be a perfect atmosphere for a marathon in New York City.