“I want to be a part of it, New York, New York!” These words will send 47,000 pairs of vagabond shoes across the starting line of the ING New York City Marathon. Their 26.2-mile journey will carry them “right through the very heart of it.” But you don’t have to lace up your sneakers “to be a part of it.” Anyone can experience the magic of this great race.

If you’re traveling to the ING New York City Marathon from elsewhere, you’re in luck: The race brings out the very best our city has to offer. You’ll see New York united, excited, and energized for the big day. New Yorkers from all five boroughs and beyond come out to cheer and volunteer, making Marathon Sunday one of the most thrilling days to be in New York—don’t be surprised if you find yourself vowing to run the ING New York City Marathon yourself one day!

Anyone who’s ever run a marathon will tell you that it’s one of the most rewarding—and exhausting—experiences a person can have, and they just couldn’t do it without the full-throated enthusiasm of fans like you. Click here for the official guide to viewing the ING New York City Marathon. It’s everything you need to know to be the ultimate spectator!

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