We’re only a couple short weeks away from the November 7th NYC Marathon. Anyone who’s not participating as a runner wants to be able to enjoy the view of the uber athletic marathoners – and later, the slower but stubborn ones – sprinting by. Brooklyn is the place to be, second only to standing by the finish line. The race will still be young in Brooklyn and marathoners who are not yet worn out will be jostling for the better positions.
The race route will start in Staten Island in a nod to including all five boroughs, but will quickly cross over the Varrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. From there runners will soon find themselves on Fourth Avenue and jogging through scenic Bay Ridge, where they may be tempted to stop for a beer at one of the many pubs or coffee shops. The cheering crowds will help keep them on track as locals pour out to watch them from the sidewalk, from apartments, from bars and from many, many rooftops.
After passing Bay Ridge there are a few less than beautiful blocks to run before the Sunset Park neighborhood comes into view. More flavorful and less hip than Bay Ridge, Sunset Park Park is full of character and quite of few of those characters will be out and about to watch the race run by. Next comes Green-Wood cemetery and then Prospect Park. At this point they will have run only six miles, just over 20% of the race, and be halfway through Brooklyn.
Three miles later the runners and their ever-present cheering squads will be on Lafayette Avenue among the brick row houses of Clinton Hill. The pricier Williamsburg will be the next to be graced by their presence, at this point on Bedford Avenue. The well established Greenpoint neighborhood comes into view at mile 12 on Manhattan Ave and then McGuinness Blvd, and by mile 13 the race will have entered Queens via the Pulaski Bridge.
The race will cross into Brooklyn by 10 AM so anyone interested in watching should be camped into their spot well before the runners arrive. Those who are inspired by the marathon can register for next year’s race and cross their fingers that they’ll be one of the lucky chosen.