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The TCS New York City Marathon takes place on November 6, 2022. Last year, more than 25,000 runners from 91 countries ran the race, with an average finish time of 4.5 hours. For some, running is a lifestyle. For others, the marathon is something they long to check off their bucket list. Still, others are just excited to witness the event. What category describes you? Whether you’re a runner or a spectator, The Concorde Hotel New York has the perfect accommodations.  

History of the TCS New York City Marathon

The first marathon was organized by the New York Road Runners in September 1970. There were 127 participants and 55 finishers, and the event took place in Central Park. By 1976, the marathon had outgrown Central Park and occurred throughout NYC’s five boroughs with 2,090 participants and 1,549 finishers. By 1997, there were more than 30,000 finishers; 2019 saw more than 50,000 finishers. Today, the New York City Marathon garners live TV coverage and the attention of paying sponsors (like Tata Consultancy Services). There is even a division called Team for Kids , which raises money for the New York Road Runners youth programs.

Participating in the TCS New York City Marathon: What to Know

Do you want to run in the New York City Marathon? It’s recommended you start training about sixteen weeks before the marathon. However, if you’re in great shape or just like to live on the edge, you can still register to run through an international tour operator or an official charity partner.

This event has a few ground rules:

  • No unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Obey event officials.
  • Wear your bib/race number at all times.
  • No transferring race numbers.
  • Arrive on time, or you’ll have to move to a later time slot.
  • Stay within the course boundaries.
  • No unofficial pacers.
  • No dangerous objects.
  • No drugs or alcohol.
  • No backpacks or strollers.
  • No masks or large costumes.
  • No selfie sticks.
  • Athletes with disabilities must wear helmets in wheelchairs and handcycles.

In addition to following these competition rules, marathon runners must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and wear masks where required. The use of headphones and cell phones is discouraged while running. NYRR also offers running courtesy guidelines here .

Watching the TCS New York City Marathon: What to Know

Spectators are invited to watch the Opening Ceremony on November 4 th at 5:00 pm. Gather at Central Park’s Grandstand Seating located at West 66 th Street and Columbus Avenue to witness the Parade of Nations at the marathon’s finish line. On the day of the marathon, spectators can watch the race from almost anywhere between mile 3 and mile 26. The Grandstand Seating at the finish line is reserved for ticket holders . Tickets can be purchased for about $60 via Eventbrite. More than 3 million people show up each year to cheer on the runners. Verywell Fit offers the following advice to marathon spectators:

  1. If you know someone who’s running, know what they’re wearing so you can spot them easily.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes, dress warmly, and pack snacks.
  3. If you go to the finish line, be prepared to have your bags searched by officials.
  4. If you plan to meet up with someone after the race, arrange a meeting spot as they’ll be impossible to find in the crowd.  

Why Choose The Concorde Hotel New York for your New York City Marathon Stay?

1. Location

The 26.2-mile race starts at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island and ends in Central Park at 66 th Street. Our hotel is just a fifteen-minute taxi ride from the finish line and five minutes from the New York Public Library (one of the official departure locations for transportation to the start).

2. Comfort

If you plan to run on race day, you’ll need a comfortable night’s sleep. The Concorde Hotel New York is a boutique hotel. We have just four rooms on each floor and luxurious bedding that is sure to sweep you off to dreamland. When you return from the race, relax your muscles in the soaking tub and then rest while you watch marathon recaps on the room’s flatscreen TV. If you’re watching from the sidelines in the chilly autumn air, we’re sure you’ll welcome the warmth and comfort of a room or suite at The Concorde Hotel New York once the race is done.

3. Service

Our hotel staff is here to make sure you have everything you need for your New York City Marathon stay. From advice on dining and transportation to valet parking and dry cleaning, we love nothing more than meeting the needs of our guests and ensuring they leave our hotel feeling satisfied. If you come to NYC for the TCS New York City Marathon, we hope you’ll stay with us at The Concorde Hotel New York. Explore our room options and book your room or suite today.