It may feel as though fall is already changing into winter lately, but that doesn’t mean you have to head indoors until the spring just yet. In fact, a great way to spend the day is by watching the NYC marathon runners as they make their way through Long Island City.
Whether you know someone who’s running in the marathon or just want to people watch and encourage those participating, it’s definitely a fun way to spend a morning/afternoon. The runners head through Long Island City from the Pulaski bridge up Vernon Blvd. and over the Queensboro bridge back into Manhattan.
There are a few restaurants and cafes along Vernon Blvd. that will be opening early to accommodate spectators, so if you plan accordingly, you can have a leisurely breakfast/brunch while watching the runners go by.
If you’d like to cheer the athletes on, here are some general dos and dont’s, courtesy of NYC Marathon.
Dos and Don’ts for Watching the NYC Marathon
- cheer for marathoners who are obviously struggling and for people who are walking. Be supportive and optimistic.
- make a specific plan if you know a runner about where you’ll be watching from.
- if you’re going to head to different locations throughout the entire marathon, leave lots of time to get from one destination to another—the subways will be crowded, and travel times can be unpredictable.
- Base your viewing schedule off a runner’s estimates. Many runners—especially first-timers—get caught up in the moment and go out a little too hard. Also, it’s possible that same excitement will energize the runner to set a personal record.
- say “You’re almost there,” because unless you’re standing feet away from the finish line, they really aren’t “almost there.”
This year, the marathon will be held on Sunday, November 6th. The approximate times runners will reach Queens are: wheelchairs, 9:54 a.m., lead women, 10:52 a.m.; lead men, 11:20 a.m. Obviously, these times are not exact. If you’re going to be watching with your kids, it’s important to dress appropriately (it is November after all), have plenty of snacks, maybe some portable folding chairs, and map out the area bathrooms if your little one is potty trained.