'Ideal temperatures' expected for New York City Marathon

Course takes runners through the 5 boroughs of New York

NEW YORK – People participating in this year’s New York City Marathon should have what one runner described as "ideal temperatures" for Sunday's race.

This will be the 50th running of the race after last year’s race was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. About 33,000 people from all over the world are expected to run this year's marathon.

The 26.2-mile course takes participants through the five boroughs of New York, starting on Staten Island and ending in Central Park in Manhattan. You can view a course map at nyrr.org.

Professional wheelchair racers will be the first wave of the marathon, starting at 8 a.m. Eastern. The final wave of runners starts at noon.

Roberto Mandje, of New York Road Runners, said people have been paying close attention to the forecast. He said the cool temperatures that is expected is perfect for the race.

"So, a lot of people might not think that, especially because they're training for the TCS New York City Marathon during the summer months when it's warmer and more humid, but those are ideal temperatures for race day," Mandje said.

Starting weather

Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 40s should greet racers at the beginning of the marathon. Winds will be light out of the north-northeast, so there should be very little wind chill.

Ending weather

Clouds will likely increase a bit during the day with temperatures topping out in the mid-50s before settling into the low 50s by Sunday evening. Winds will shift to the south-southeast during the day but are expected to remain light.