Runners are ready as the TCS New York City Marathon returns to full capacity

New York City (WABC) – From the Verrazzano Bridge to Central Park, tens of thousands of runners take part in the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday.

Contestants will make their way through all five boroughs for the glory of crossing the finish line.

The wheelchair and handbike division races started just before 8 a.m. while professional male and female runners were ready to reach the starting line just after 8:30 a.m.

The 2022 marathon is expected to be the largest since the start of the pandemic with more than 50,000 runners from 150 countries.

All the professional runners were excited for the New York City Marathon to be back in full force. The race will be at full capacity for the first time since 2019. The 2020 event has been cancelled, and the 2021 race kicked off with a shrinking field of 25,010 runners due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday is expected to be unusually warm, with temperatures approaching 70 degrees.

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How to Watch the New York City TCS Marathon

Marathon Day is approaching in New York on November 6! The TCS New York City Marathon will be broadcast to more than 530 million homes around the world, with a Spanish language broadcast being produced nationwide for the first time by ESPN.

WABC-TV and ESPN2 have been home to award-winning broadcasts of the world’s largest marathon since 2013.

The first Spanish-language broadcast of any marathon will be broadcast on ESPN Deportes, streaming live on ESPN3 and the app from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and then re-broadcasting on ESPN Deportes from 8:00 p.m. Until 10:00 PM EST.

This year’s local broadcast talent team will be joined by five-time TCS New York City Marathon champion and 13-time Paralympic medalist Kurt Fernley and reporter Chris Chavez. Fernley will be on the broadcast booth as a racing analyst for all four professional divisions, and Chavez will make his radio debut on men’s motos. John Anderson, Lewis Johnson, three-time Olympian and former US record holder Dina Castor, Sage Steele, and Olympian Carrie Tolfson will complement the national talent pool.

Joining the group will be a host of talented reporters at the beginning, the end, along the course, and in the sky, including ABC7’s Eyewitness News reporters Ryan Field, Sam Ryan, Anthony Johnson, Kimberly Richardson, Michelle Charlesworth, Lee Goldberg, and Brittany. Bill and Josh Iniger.

The broadcast, produced in coordination with 45 Live and distributed by IMG, will be broadcast on ABC7/WABC-TV and ESPN2 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST. Pre-race coverage from Fort Wadsworth begins at 7:00 AM EST.

The race will also be broadcast live on the ESPN app nationwide from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET.

Pre-race and ongoing coverage will also be broadcast live nationally on ESPN3 (accessible on the ESPN app and from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ESPN3 will present A view of the finish line from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

A two-hour presentation of the race’s broadcast will be broadcast to ABC affiliates nationwide from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

The international broadcast will feature three-time TCS New York City Marathon champion, four-time British Olympian Paula Radcliffe providing analysis of the race, along with veteran track and field commentator Paul Swangard.

The international broadcast partners IMG has secured for racing are: FloSports (Australia, Canada, UK), ESPN Brasil (Brazil), SMG Sports (China), Eurosport (Pan Europe, Pan Asia, India), L’Equipe (France) and RAI (Italy), TV Asahi (Japan), Sky Mexico (Mexico), NOS (Netherlands), Sky (New Zealand), SuperSport (Sub-Saharan Africa), ESPN International (South America), TVE, TV3 (Spain).

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