Most people probably aren't that keen on running 26.2 miles all at once, but there are plenty of folks who will during this weekend's TCS New York City Marathon. For the non-runners among us, one of the more exciting aspects of the marathon is cheering the contestants on from the sidelines, and below, you can find some of the best spots for spectators along the marathon route, whether you want to see fresh-faced racers right at the start, or watch them cross the finish line. (The marathon's website also has a spectator guide and a map of the race route.) If you know someone in the race, get their bib number and download the marathon app to track their progress.
• The runners start here with a trip over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Sadly, there really isn't anywhere for you to see them off.
• Bay Ridge: This is where runners enter Brooklyn.
• Sunset Park, Greenwood, and Park Slope: The runners will traverse basically all of Fourth Avenue through these neighborhoods. Expect plenty of crowds along the way.
• Fort Greene: This is where the runners will pass by Barclays Center, Atlantic Terminal, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. There are typically bigger crowds around BAM.
• Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant: The route goes down Lafayette Avenue through these neighborhoods, until turning north on to Bedford Avenue.
• Williamsburg and Greenpoint: The runners will spend most of their time on Bedford until crossing the Pulaski Bridge over the Newtown Creek into Queens. You will not be allowed on the bridge itself, but are free to watch from the approaches.
• Long Island City: The runners will be on several roads before making their way to Queens Boulevard and crossing the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.
Manhattan (First Time)
• Midtown East, Upper East Side, and East Harlem: From the Queensboro, runners will head north on First Avenue into the Bronx.
• Mott Haven: The runners will enter the borough via the Willis Avenue Bridge before making their way to East 138th Street and then the Madison Avenue Bridge.
Manhattan (Second Time)
• Harlem, Upper East Side, and Central Park: The runners will go down Fifth Avenue (snaking around Marcus Garvey Park) and enter Central Park at East 86th Street. They will then make their way to Central Park South and up to the finish line near Tavern on the Green.