NEW YORK (WABC) — Marathon Sunday is finally here! More than 30,000 runners are taking part in the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon.
A limited field of 33,000 runners began their journey on the Verrazzano Bridge and wind toward Central Park on Sunday as the 26.2-mile race returned after being wiped out in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.
(CNN)After the pandemic scuppered last year’s New York City Marathon, one of the world’s most prestigious and hotly anticipated running events is set to return on Sunday.Last year’s race was meant to mark an extra special milestone — it would have been the 50th running of the iconic competition.But like so many aspects of regular life, the world’s largest marathon fell victim to the pandemic in 2020 and was canceled due to health and safety concerns.
The event is taking place on Sunday, November 7 and gets underway at 8 a.m. ET in Staten Island. The professional wheelchair division gets the race started at the top of the hour. They’re followed by the handcycle Category and Select athletes with disabilities at 8:22. The professional women’s open division starts at 8:40 and then the professional men’s open division gets going at 9:05 a.m. Once the pros are gone, five waves get started from 9:10 a.m. until noon.
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The New York City Marathon will be run on Sunday, November 7, 2021, after a one-year suspension because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NYC Marathon is the largest marathon in the world, and this year’s field was capped at 33,000 runners because of health and safety concerns. The runners will start in five waves. The runners are required to wear masks while in the crowded starting areas.
The runners will race through the five boroughs of New York City throughout their 26.2-mile race. They begin in Staten Island at the Verrazzano Bridge before making their way to Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx before circling back and finishing in Manhattan. The finish line is located in Central Park.