Overall Rating
Overall Rating (53 Reviews)
4.6
(53 Ratings)(53 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.2
SCENERY
4.2
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.3
The TCS New York City Marathon course is a 26.2-mile block party through the world’s most diverse city, and a model for big-city marathons around the world. As the most popular and inclusive marathon in the world, the event attracts the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of … MORE
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    cabrack REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is my 2nd time running this race and it was my 10th marathon. I ran this with a friend and kept with her pace. Everything about this race is … MORE

    This is my 2nd time running this race and it was my 10th marathon. I ran this with a friend and kept with her pace. Everything about this race is complicated. Getting to the expo and around the expo is difficult. Getting to the start line is the worst experience ever. The wait for the bathrooms was unbelievable. The bus ride took forever and then the walk to the first toilet was forever. You spend so much time on your feet waiting in lines before the race even starts that you are tired before u start running. The race was so over crowded. There are a ton of spectators but they crowd the course and stand in the street. The finish is horrible. You walk forever to get the cloak and then u walk forever to get out of the park. I don’t understand why people like this race.

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    sandtar79 FIRST-TIMER '13

    This race is pricey, but worth every penny, in my opinion! I love the crowd support and getting a taste of each borough. My favorite is running through Brooklyn and … MORE

    This race is pricey, but worth every penny, in my opinion! I love the crowd support and getting a taste of each borough. My favorite is running through Brooklyn and the incredible neighborhood parties they have cheering the runners on. To me, this is just a classic taste of what NYC has to offer and I would love to come back time after time.

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    BrooklandRunner FIRST-TIMER '10

    I ran this race as a long run. I even accidentally checked my watch at bag check. I got my entry through being rejected three straight times. I was just … MORE

    I ran this race as a long run. I even accidentally checked my watch at bag check. I got my entry through being rejected three straight times. I was just thrilled to finally run New York – what a race!

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    BrooklandRunner REPEAT RUNNER '15

    It's the New York City Marathon! You'll want to run it. It is an amazing experience. It was a little warm that day. I hoped to BQ, but it wasn't … MORE

    It’s the New York City Marathon! You’ll want to run it. It is an amazing experience. It was a little warm that day. I hoped to BQ, but it wasn’t to be.

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    BrooklandRunner REPEAT RUNNER '18

    What can I say? Perfect weather and a great training cycle equal a stellar result. I was on pace to break 3 until coming back into Central Park. It's a … MORE

    What can I say? Perfect weather and a great training cycle equal a stellar result. I was on pace to break 3 until coming back into Central Park. It’s a lot harder than you think, but I am very pleased with my effort.

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    sarastew FIRST-TIMER '18

    It really doesn't get any better than NYC Marathon. I could go on and on for days about how much I loved every aspect of this race. Please add this … MORE

    It really doesn’t get any better than NYC Marathon. I could go on and on for days about how much I loved every aspect of this race. Please add this to your bucket list and DO IT.

    Here is my one and only gripe… The expo. Specifically the new balance portion. Now I realize there were SOOOO many people there, but it was obnoxiously crowded and I felt like I needed a cattle prod to move around.

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    mcallaway FIRST-TIMER '16

    It's New York. It's the biggest marathon in the world. In retrospect, probably not the best for my first marathon, but I can't wait to try it again one day. … MORE

    It’s New York. It’s the biggest marathon in the world. In retrospect, probably not the best for my first marathon, but I can’t wait to try it again one day.
    Getting to the starting line was half the battle. Walk to subway. Subway to ferry. Ferry to bus. Stand in line for an hour at ferry terminal waiting for a bus. Bus to starting village. Find the right corral. By the time I got to the starting line at 10:15am, I had been up and moving for 5+ hours…not a very relaxing pre-race experience. I’d pay for an elite pre-race experience next time.
    The race itself is pretty magical. The adrenaline from a million people along every ince of the 26.2 mile course is amazing. Despite the size, the course is well supported with aid stations, etc…as one would expect from the NYRR and a world class event. The SWAG is great. You’ll spend a lot of $ at the expo or the tent in Central Park on additional SWAG. The medal and overcoat are great. The 27th mile walk out of Central Park after the finish is killer.

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    mflores711 FIRST-TIMER '18

    As my first large marathon I ever participated in, I was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of this race. The expo was well designed, the pre-race corrals were well organized, … MORE

    As my first large marathon I ever participated in, I was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of this race. The expo was well designed, the pre-race corrals were well organized, and the post-race goodies were pretty good. What surprised me the most was the amazing crowd support, which made it feel like the runners were all part of a parade with all of the crowd cheering us on. While not an overly difficult course, the size of the marathon is a double-edged sword – there were too many runners to run at my full capacity during the race. I expected it to thin out as the race went on, but I never really got enough room around me to run the way I wanted to. Additionally, several of the runners would stop right in front of me unexpectedly during the race or at water stations, which added to my frustration throughout. I would recommend this race for the experience, but not for anyone looking for a PB.

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    libertypenguin FIRST-TIMER '18

    When I found out that non-elite athletes could run NYC, I had to do it; and was able to get a charity spot. During the race: I loved all of … MORE

    When I found out that non-elite athletes could run NYC, I had to do it; and was able to get a charity spot.
    During the race: I loved all of the signs, getting high-5s from hundreds of people; the volunteers, the lady giving out hugs, the Twizzler at m22, coming into Central Park, the crowds, the Finish Line, that heat sheet, the medical staff (cramping & nearing dehydration), the poncho, and being among the crowd at #ProjectFinish!

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    slease1 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon as a St. Jude Hero and raised money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. As such I had access to the Charity Village at … MORE

    I ran the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon as a St. Jude Hero and raised money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. As such I had access to the Charity Village at the start. St. Jude provided a heated tent, food, coffee, and chairs for all of their runners which was a nice touch. Getting out to Staten Island and Fort Wadsworth was a relatively painless process. I chose to utilize the St. Jude provided bus and it was a slow go from Central Park South out to the start. Having access to the Charity Village made the long wait not so bad. The logistics of getting 50,000+ runners out to the start must be a nightmare, however New York Road Runners pulled it off seamlessly! This event was very well organized and every bit as exciting as advertised. The crowd support was like I’ve never experienced and there were only a few areas along the course where the crowds were sparse (except for the bridges-no spectators allowed on any of them). I started in wave 4 and am a slower runner so I was very impressed with the remaining crowds later in the race. The race volunteers were wonderful and the ones at the finish were especially nice (thanks to ALL of you!). This was my first marathon and I am so happy that I chose NYC! From the expo to the finish the TCS NYC Marathon runs like a well-oiled machine.

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    OCSCFan FIRST-TIMER '18

    You will not experience anything like this anywhere else. The crowd support was tremendous. The cheering and encouragement all through the course was uplifting. And kudos to all the volunteers. … MORE

    You will not experience anything like this anywhere else. The crowd support was tremendous. The cheering and encouragement all through the course was uplifting. And kudos to all the volunteers. They were kind, caring and friendly. The planning and organization was world class, flawlessly getting to 52,000 runners to Staten Island and through one of the busiest cities in the world to Central Park.

    As for the race, everything you hear is true. Save your energy until you reach 1st Ave (mile 16). Run very conservatively up to that point. The race is crowded and never really thins out until you reach Manhattan and it’s wide boulevards when you have a little more room to maneuver.

    You would think you’d be waiting a lot at the starting village but you don’t really. Everything takes time, like clearing security into the village or waiting in queue to board the bus. Make sure you have a game plan of things you need to do. The start comes quicker than you expect.

    Overall just enjoy the experience. You might never have another chance.

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    basserker FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race was one of the best races I've ever run - time wise and overall experience wise. The production of the race was fantastic. The course itself was challenging, … MORE

    This race was one of the best races I’ve ever run – time wise and overall experience wise. The production of the race was fantastic. The course itself was challenging, but a fantastic tour of New York for someone who had never visited New York prior. The crowds were electric the whole way on the whole course. I highly recommend this race to any marathon lover. Can’t beat a World Major!

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    MarkEdwards FIRST-TIMER '00

    Huge is the best description for this race. Runners swag, expo, crowd support, all reflect the big time production of New York. Only thing small was the medal. Tied with … MORE

    Huge is the best description for this race. Runners swag, expo, crowd support, all reflect the big time production of New York. Only thing small was the medal. Tied with my favorite – Chicago.

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    ShaneAngove FIRST-TIMER '18

    This young gentlewoman had a father,--O, that 'had'! how sad a passage 'tis!--whose skill was almost as great as his honesty; had it stretched so far, would have made nature … MORE

    This young gentlewoman had a father,–O, that
    ‘had’! how sad a passage ’tis!–whose skill was
    almost as great as his honesty; had it stretched so
    far, would have made nature immortal, and death
    should have play for lack of work. Would, for the
    king’s sake, he were living! I think it would be
    the death of the king’s disease.

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    todd17406 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Largest Marathon in the world. Largest and best expo in the world. 120 countries participate giving an Olympics feel of international unity. 2.5 million screaming spectators. 300 bands. I know … MORE

    Largest Marathon in the world. Largest and best expo in the world. 120 countries participate giving an Olympics feel of international unity. 2.5 million screaming spectators. 300 bands. I know it’s not for everybody, but it is truly an amazing event to participate in. So cool to run through all 5 boroughs and finish in Central Park. Water stops every mile lead to lots of congestion with 52000 runners.

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    rbfrmrville FIRST-TIMER '18

    It is a great race. Just don't underestimate the bridges they are tough. This was my 3rd marathon in 28 days so I took this slower than the other two. … MORE

    It is a great race. Just don’t underestimate the bridges they are tough. This was my 3rd marathon in 28 days so I took this slower than the other two. I wanted to enjoy it and just take in the environment.

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    BrandonD FIRST-TIMER '18

    Great race. Great scenery. Great crowds. Everything logistically flowed smoothly. Bridges and rolling hills are challenging. The bucket list race every runner should do. MORE

    Great race. Great scenery. Great crowds. Everything logistically flowed smoothly. Bridges and rolling hills are challenging. The bucket list race every runner should do.

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    GoRunGolf REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This marathon is the race of all races. You will traverse all 5 boroughs of NYC, with 50,000+ of your new best runner friends. The wait at the start village … MORE

    This marathon is the race of all races. You will traverse all 5 boroughs of NYC, with 50,000+ of your new best runner friends.
    The wait at the start village is really a long wait. Bring clothing/bath towel/bath robe/blanket you can discard to the Goodwill bins at the start. With a late start time and losing an hour for the time change, you will get chilly at the end. Select the poncho for your race exit. It is weatherproof, warm and you walk about a mile less to exit the finish area (1/2 mile is cut out in each direction). Overall this is a very difficult marathon – train hills, hills and hills during your long run. You won’t be sorry that you did!!

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    richdrogpa FIRST-TIMER '18

    Definitely a bucket list item. You have to run it at least once. Enjoy the scenery and cheering crowds. Tough course as all the big hills come up in the … MORE

    Definitely a bucket list item. You have to run it at least once. Enjoy the scenery and cheering crowds. Tough course as all the big hills come up in the last 10 miles of the race. Still, a must do marathon, mainly for the AMAZING crowds;)

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    mluneau FIRST-TIMER '18

    Bucket list race for any marathoner. Efficiently executed by the staff and volunteers. Running through NYC with the crowd for support was amazing. I would definitely do this race again. MORE

    Bucket list race for any marathoner. Efficiently executed by the staff and volunteers. Running through NYC with the crowd for support was amazing. I would definitely do this race again.

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