A first-timer’s guide to TCS NYC Marathon: We can help with everything but the running.
This year’s iconic TCS New York City Marathon will be run on Sunday, November 1. Anyone who has run the NYC Marathon will tell you that the energy of our city, the course through the five boroughs and the spectators, make it a race like no other. While so much of your focus is on training and preparing for the race itself, it’s easy to forget about all of the other details that will make the rest of your race weekend in NYC just as memorable as the race itself. We’ve pulled together some tips and information to help you get the most from your complete TCS NYC Marathon experience.
Get a Course Preview
If you’re not familiar with the city, we suggest the Marathon in a Motorcoach tour. You’ll follow the racecourse, with a guide’s commentary along the way. Not only will you feel a little more oriented for the race, you’ll learn facts about the landmarks and city that will make for an even richer race experience. The tours are offered two times each day, starting at 9AM or noon, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $45 each and the tours depart from the TCS New York City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
With 50,000 runners queuing up, there is a long wait in the starting corral and it can get chilly. The Marathon Health & Wellness Expo, with 100+ vendors and exhibitors, is a great place to pick up a few extra layers. The Expo at the Javits Center is free and open to the public Thursday and Friday (10AM – 8PM) and Saturday, (9AM – 5PM).
Feel the Magnitude of the Occasion
The Marathon Opening Ceremony and Fireworks will take place Friday, October 30th, 5:30-7:30PM in Central Park. This event, featuring a parade of runners from around the world, is free and open to everyone.
The Marathon Eve Dinner is held under a tent near the race finish line. You’ll find plentiful carbs, from spaghetti and meat sauce to mac n’ cheese. Many runners and their kids love this event, and it’s typically very well attended by the international runners; others prefer to stay off their legs and have a quiet, pre-race dinner at their hotel. Tickets to the dinner, held Saturday, 10/31 from 3:30-8:00PM, are $35 each.
Celebrate and Give Back
The Night of Champions, held Sunday evening at the Todd English Food Hall in the Plaza Hotel is both a celebration of the day’s race and a benefit for the New York Road Runner (NYRR)’s Youth and Community Programs. The VIP reception, at which guests can meet the NYC marathon winners, starts at 6pm. The main reception begins at 7pm, with a celebration and silent auction that run until 9pm. Tickets are $350/person, with VIP tickets priced at $1,000/person.
Be sure to book your tickets for the Marathon in a Motorcoach Tour, Marathon Eve Dinner or Night of Champions as far in advance as possible, as tickets are limited.
The Benjamin applauds your commitment to your training and your courage in reaching out for this amazing experience. If you are looking for a great home base for your race weekend, The Benjamin and our concierge are here to offer guests additional support with logistics and great amenities. Our special Marathon package includes:
• A $50 food and beverage credit to be used at The National Bar & Dining Rooms
• Fiji Water to take on the go
• Neighborhood Running Map (selected routes provided by our fitness partners)
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• 20% off 60-Minute Massage or 30% off 90-Minute Massage at Federico Hair and Spa
We’ll also have some special events available to both guests and the public, including:
• Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner at The National restaurant: Saturday, 10/31, 4 to 10PM
• Post-Marathon “Stretch with SIN” Workout: Sunday, 11/01, 5 to 5:45PM
We hope you have a fantastic race weekend!