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Ready, Set, Go...ING New York City Marathon is ON

This article, 2013 ING New York City Marathon Viewing Guide, was written by staff.

There's no question that the massive spectacle known as the ING New York City Marathon is regarded by many to be one of the most exhilarating events of NYC's fall season. After being canceled last year—a first in the marathon’s 40-year-plus history—due to Hurricane Sandy, this year's race, on Sunday, promises to be bigger and better than ever. A record 48,000 runners from around the world—elite marathoners, para-athletes, seasoned amateurs and determined first-timers—will test their mettle on a scenic 26.2-mile course that winds through all five boroughs of the City.

Throughout their journey, runners will be cheered on by an estimated 2 million lively spectators lining the courseway, as well as some 130 live bands, DJs, innumerable blasting portable stereos and raucous house parties, all of which will surely create a spirited cacophony and unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

For those keeping an eye on the front-runners competing for a combined purse of more than $700,000 (not to mention the $1 million on the line for the winners of the World Marathon Majors series, which this will determine), there's an exciting field to watch, highlighted by defending champ Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, current world title holder Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda and Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, winner of this year’s London Marathon; the latter two are vying for the WMM men’s crown. They’ll compete against a strong US field—including 2012 US Olympian marathoners Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall, as well as Jason Hartmann, Ryan Vail and Jeff Eggleston.

The favorites in the women's field include the reigning marathon champ, Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia; New Zealander Kim Smith, who placed fifth in 2011's marathon; US Olympians Julie Culley, Janet Bawcom and Amy Hastings; and Kenyans Edna Kiplagat and Priscah Jeptoo, both of whom have a shot at a share of that $1 million. Para-athlete competitors include veteran favorites Masazumi Soejima, Amanda McGrory, Tatyana McFadden and Shirley Reilly. McGrory is not only the defending champion but the course-record holder as well, and Soejima won the men's division in 2011 after finishing second in 2010 and 2008.

The marathon hosts a full week of events, including fun runs, a marathon-eve dinner, an after-party and a three-day expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center that's free and open to all, with hundreds of booths and presentations on running, wellness and nutrition. Another essential event is the Marathon Opening Ceremony in Central Park on Friday, November 1, featuring a parade of nations highlighting international competitors, appearances by top athletes and a fireworks show.

During the race itself, many entertainment stations are set up along the course, providing music, entertainment and encouragement to participants and spectators alike. Live coverage of the race will also be on ABC and ESPN. For more info about all of the events, visit

The course offers spectators and fans many ideal viewing options, from Bay Ridge in Brooklyn (just over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the race) to the historic Central Park finish and all points in between. The following is a guide to help make your race day run smoothly.

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