Congratulations! You're In. Here's Everything You Need to Know About Training, Race Week, Travel, and More

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Congratulations! You’ve got a place in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.  

Take a few moments and let it sink it. You’re set to run the world’s largest marathon! Celebrate by sharing the news on social media using #TCSNYCMarathon and tag @nycmarathon in your tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook messages. 

No doubt you have dozens of questions right now—I’ve never run a marathon before, how do I train for one? I’ve secured my place, but is there anything else I need to do? When should I book my travel? How do I get to Staten Island for the start? 

While it all can seem a bit daunting, do not worry. There’s a lot of time between now and Sunday, November 3, and we’re here to help.  

Here’s what you need to know.  

 
 

Train for 26.2 Miles 

Not sure how—and when—to start training? Thankfully, you have time to prepare, and NYRR has many training options, wherever you are in the world.  

  • NYRR Virtual Training: Our TCS New York City Marathon Training Program is tailored to the course—and to your fitness level, lifestyle, and goal finish time. Simply supply some information about yourself and you’ll receive a customized 12-, 16-, or 20-week training plan that adapts to your schedule and pace as you progress through your training for 26.2. Upgrade to our “Plus” tier for direct access to the NYRR coaching staff, who will guide you through your plan via email. 
      

  • NYRR Group Training: If you’re local to New York City, check out morning and evening training sessions all over. Geared toward runners of all levels and abilities, from newcomers to experienced competitive racers, these workouts offer coaching, camaraderie, and the inspiration that comes from running with others.  
     

  • NYRR One-to-One Coaching: During each one-hour meeting, your coach will guide you toward hitting your running goals. Along the way, you’ll also learn tips on how to recover, eat right, and more. Personal coaching is another great option for those who live in or around New York City. 
      

And feel free to join the NYRR coaching staff on Facebook every Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET for a live chat, where you’ll have the opportunity to ask your marathon training questions from anywhere in the world. 

 
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Book Your Trip to the Big Apple 

Visit our TCS New York City Marathon Travel and Lodging page to start planning your travel and accommodation. Book your hotels and flights early to avoid disappointment.  

When selecting a hotel, keep in mind:  

  • Ferries to the start of the race depart Whitehall Terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan.   

  • Buses to the start of the race depart the New York Public Library at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. 

  • The finish line is located inside Central Park, near West 67th Street and Central Park West. 

  • The TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center at 11th Avenue and West 35th Street. 

Our Official Airline and Foundation Partner, United Airlines, is proud to support runners' journeys—no matter where their final destinations are—with over 140 worldwide routes from the New York area. Visit united.com to book your flight today. fly the friendly skies.

And check out the TCS New York City Marathon course map. Also, be sure to look out for instructions on how to select your race-day transportation (included in your race entry fee for non-International Tour Operator runners) in summer 2019. 

 
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Experience the Magic of Marathon Week 

It’s not just about race day. Experience all the magic of marathon week in New York City with a week-long celebration of events.  

From the TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance to Marathon Monday at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, there are numerous events for runners to get excited about. 

You can purchase tickets for race-week events, such as the TCS New York City Marathon in a Motorcoach or Grandstand Seating (on sale later in 2019). Looking for a shakeout run or a chance to cross the famed TCS New York City Marathon start line a day early? Sign up for the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K on November 2 (and sign up family and friends, too). And visit nycgo.com for information on restaurants, shops, and attractions in neighborhoods along the TCS New York City Marathon course. 

 
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Gear Up for Race Day (and Training) 

Purchase official New Balance TCS New York City Marathon training gear and let everyone know that you are preparing for the greatest race in the world. The collection includes footwear, T-shirts, singlets, and more! Also read Five Steps to Selecting the Right Shoes for Marathon Training

 
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Add Meaning to Your Miles 

You can enhance your 26.2 miles by running with NYRR Team for Kids. Participants help support running-based fitness programs in schools and communities across the United States. NYRR’s free youth program and events platform Rising New York Road Runners helps to build students’ motivation, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life. Runners who already have entry to the 2019 race can register with TFK, and with a reduced fundraising commitment, they’ll receive training, coaching, and great race-day perks.   

 
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Run with Friends or Get Them to Volunteer 

Do you have buddies who didn’t get in? Tell them not to fret as there are still opportunities to run in 2019! Spots are available through NYRR Team for Kids or one of our more than 400 Official Charity Partners. Runners outside the United States can enter through one of our International Tour Operators

Alternatively, your loved ones can sign up to volunteer at the event or join the estimated 1 million spectators who line the streets of the five boroughs on NYC’s best day. 

 

Essential Race Information 

Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest TCS New York City Marathon updates. These emails contain important information and action items, like when and how to select your baggage and transportation options. Runners can make their selections starting late July. 

You can also browse the TCS New York City Marathon Help Center for answers to your questions about the event. And don’t forget to follow the TCS New York City Marathon on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

 
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#ItWillMoveYou 

Looking for inspiration from those who’ve run this amazing race? Check out Marathon Stories on ItWillMoveYou.nyc, where you can relive the 2018 race through photos and stories. Read the inspirational tale of our final finisher from the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. Find out the best parts of the course, according to our expert team of bloggers, all of whom have run the race. And check out which celebs our bloggers would love to see run alongside you this year. 

 
Gary McLaughlin