New York City Marathon 2018: Race coverage, TV listings, schedule and analysis

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From 55 runners in 1970, the New York City Marathon has grown to more than 50,000 runners (and 98,000 applicants) in 2017. This year, the race will feature a dominant set of runners from the United States in the women's field -- including 2017 champion Shalane Flanagan, 2018 Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden and Molly Huddle -- while the men's side includes Kenyan defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor, four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and Shadrack Biwott. The wheelchair division will also feature legends such as Tatyana McFadden and Marcel Hug.

The details

How to watch

  • In the New York tri-state area: Watch the race broadcast live on WABC-TV, Channel 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. The race also will be presented live on abc7ny.com and via the Watch ABC app. Prerace coverage will be carried live on WABC-TV, Channel 7, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET. Additional weekend race-related events will be carried live in the New York tri-state area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

  • For the rest of the nation: Watch live coverage from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and via Watch ESPN/ESPN App on computers, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Additionally, the race will be available in Spanish via ESPN Deportes+. Prerace and continuing coverage also will be carried live on Watch ESPN from 7-9 a.m. ET and from 12:30-2 p.m. ET. Watch ESPN also will present a view of the finish line from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Also catch the national highlight show on your local ABC affiliates from 4-6 p.m. ET

  • On mobile devices: This broadcast is available live on tablets or smartphones with Watch ABC in New York and the ESPN App. Access to Watch ABC and the ESPN App is available through participating TV providers.

  • Around the world: International viewers can watch the broadcast from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET via a variety of global broadcast partners; international viewers should check local listings.

Live streaming coverage schedule

  • Opening ceremony: Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET on Watch ESPN

  • Countdown to the starting line: Saturday from 11:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. ET on Watch ESPN

  • Eyewitness News Marathon Sunday: Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on Watch ESPN

  • New York Marathon: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2

  • New York Marathon, live continuing coverage: Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET on Watch ESPN.

  • New York Marathon rebroadcast: Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on ABC.

  • New York Marathon, Final Finisher: Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Watch ESPN.

Features, news and video

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  • A meeting of the champs, U.S. marathoners Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Linden: Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Linden have crossed paths many times -- and they've encouraged one another while lifting American distance running to new heights. Now they'll both line up at the New York City Marathon, each unsure of what the future holds. Read

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  • Shalane Flanagan looks for repeat success in New York: After winning her first major marathon in New York last year, American distance runner Shalane Flanagan looks for another victory in the Big Apple, but she knows it won't be easy. Watch

  • Meb Keflezighi is the rare example of an elite black marathoner raised in America
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  • 'Just run,' trailblazing marathoner Marilyn Bevans met the challenges and became a champion: As the New York City Marathon nears, the legend talks about her legacy - and welcomes a new generation of U.S. distance runners. Read

  • Race of a lifetime: Allie Kieffer came out of nowhere to finish fifth in the 2017 New York City Marathon, giving rise to a question that can be answered only on Nov. 4: Can she do it again? Read

  • Friends not foes, top marathon runners find common ground ahead of New York: Training for a marathon is intense. That's why friends (and competitors) Bernard Lagat, Juan Luis Barrios and Abdi Abdirahman are sticking together ahead of the New York Marathon on Sunday. Read

  • Coming full circle, from the Miracle on the Hudson to the NYC Marathon: Jan. 15, 2009, was just like any day for Patrick Harten, until he heard the words, "We may end up in the Hudson." Now the Miracle on the Hudson air-traffic controller will run his first NYC Marathon for the survivors he considers family. Read

  • The runner who helped Sully to success on Hudson: The air traffic controller who helped guide Sully's Miracle on the Hudson in 2009 is now running the NYC Marathon. A look at how that life-changing experience led him to the NYC Marathon. Watch

  • 30 for 30 podcast: 'Six Who Sat'

    espnW spoke to the executive producer of the "30 for 30" Podcasts episode about the women who protested the 1972 New York City Marathon and changed women's running forever. Q&A | Listen to the podcast