The Start

Check out helpful information, maps, and timelines to ensure you have a safe and seamless race start experience. Please note that all information currently refers to the 2018 race and is for reference purposes only. Updates will be made for 2019.

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TimeOfficial Starts
8:30 a.m.Professional Wheelchair Division
8:52 a.m.Achilles Handcycle Category and Select Athletes with Disabilities
8:55 a.m.Foot Locker Five-Borough Challenge
9:20 a.m.Professional Women
9:50 a.m.Wave 1 (including Professional Men)
10:15 a.m.Wave 2
10:40 a.m.Wave 3
11:00 a.m.Wave 4

Start Lines

  • There will be four wave starts. Refer to the wave start timeline chart for start times. Runners are assigned to starts and corrals according to the projected finish time (or pace per mile) provided on the Marathon application. Wave start times cannot be changed.
  • Your start line color is the same as your start village color and is indicated on your registration card and your race number.
  • Your finish time will be your net time from when you cross the start line. The last runners in each wave should clear the start in approximately 10 minutes.

Start Corrals

  • Runners who are assigned to different corrals but wish to start together may do so by going to the corral and wave corresponding to the higher number.
  • Race officials will make multilingual announcements when it’s time for runners to line up in the appropriate corrals. Please follow the instructions of the race officials, and follow the signs and video to enter your corral.
  • If you’re running with a pace team, look for NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze leaders throughout the corrals. Leaders will wear NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze shirts and carry signs printed with their per-mile pace and goal finish time.

Staging/Start Villages

  • The staging area is at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island. Only registered entrants and guides are allowed in Fort Wadsworth and the start area—no spectators. Have your race number or guide number visible to enter. Safety pins are available at the information tents in each village.
  • The base color of your race number indicates your start village. The staging area for AWDs and guides is on New York Avenue adjacent to the green start village.
  • The only bag that you will be allowed to bring into Fort Wadsworth is either the UPS Baggage bag or the Start Village bag that was issued to you at the expo. All bags will be subject to inspection upon entering the start villages.
  • The start villages are outdoors and may be damp and cold; warm clothing is recommended.
  • There are more than 1,700 toilets in the start villages and in the corrals before the bridge. NYRR reserves the right to disqualify anyone who urinates anywhere except in the supplied toilets.
  • Use the appropriate containers for trash, recycling, and clothing donations. Please, no signs larger than 11" x 17", and no signs staked into the ground.
  • Please review our list of prohibited and allowed items.
  • No smoking in the start villages.
  • Medical staff is available in each village. If you feel ill, alert the medical staff. If you are unable to run, a bus will transport you to the finish area after the final wave has cleared the start line. 
  • Therapy dogs will be available in each village.
  • Runner amenities will be available at the start on behalf our sponsors, including Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, Gatorade Endurance products, and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Bagels and tea will also be available. All amenities are free of charge, while supplies last. 
  • We advise that you wear extra layers to keep warm after checking your bag. You may discard these items in Goodwill clothing donation bins before moving to the corrals. Please don’t drop clothing on the bridge.

UPS Bag and Start Village Bag

  • Fort Wadsworth is federal property; therefore all visitors are subject to bag search by NYRR-appointed security, as well as by National Park Service, NYPD, United States Coast Guard, and United States Army Reserve personnel. Even if you are not checking a bag for transport to the finish, you must observe these restrictions on baggage that you bring into Fort Wadsworth.
  • You must use the clear Official Start Village Bag or Official UPS Bag to bring any belongings into Fort Wadsworth. Personal bags inside this bag will be confiscated and will not be returned.
  • Please read our Baggage Policies to understand this year’s baggage options and procedures, and check your email for any additional information and updates.
  • Bring your Official UPS Bag to the UPS trucks in your start village. UPS trucks are identified by bib range. AWDs and their guides should place their bags and everyday non-racing chairs in the trucks in the AWD staging area.
  • NYRR, the TCS New York City Marathon, the City of New York, UPS, and all sponsors are not liable for loss of or damage to bags.