NYC Marathon 2019: NYC Marathon 2019 Live Stream Online Watch The TCS New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world and the signature event of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the world’s premier community running organization. The race is held annually on the first Sunday of November and includes over 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to runners of all ages and abilities, including over 9,000 charity runners. Participants from over 125 countries tour the diverse neighborhoods of New York City’s five boroughs—Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan.
Last year, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia became a surprise winner when he dethroned defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya. After several years of podium finishes–third in 2015 and 2017, and second in 2014–the two-time Boston Marathon victor finally tackled the demanding New York City course. And he did it in a winning time of 2:05:59, the second-fastest time in the race’s 48 years.
The momentum continued 11 months later in October at the IAAF World Championships. Desisa withstood the heat in Doha, Qatar, to become the world champion in the marathon. Less than a month later, Desisa will toe the line in New York City once again, and he will face familiar competitors looking for redemption.
Shura Kitata, the 2018 runner-up who lost by two seconds, is returning to this year’s race after earning a fourth-place finish at the London Marathon.
Kamworor, who finished third in 2018, is also scheduled to compete after achieving a breakthrough in September. In a dominant performance, the 2017 New York City Marathon champion broke the half marathon world record in a time of 58:01 in Copenhagen.
In 2018, Mary Keitany continued her winning streak and became the second woman to win the New York City marathon four times. Keitany and Grete Waitz are the only women who have earned four titles. Last year, Keitany recorded the second-fastest time in event history, when she covered the course in 2:22:48.
So far in 2019, Keitany has notched a fifth-place finish at the London Marathon (2:20:58) and a fourth-place finish in the half marathon at the Great North Run in September.
One of her biggest challengers on November 3 will be 2019 Tokyo Marathon champion Ruti Aga. Aga will return to the starting line looking for redemption after dropping out of the marathon at the IAAF World Championships due to the scorching temperatures in Doha.
New York City will likely be the last major marathon before the Americans compete at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on February 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Leading the women’s field is 2018 Boston Marathon champion and two-time Olympian Desiree Linden who is returning from a fifth-place finish at the Boston Marathon in April. Last year, Linden clocked a sixth-place finish in 2:27:51 at the New York City Marathon.
Just over a month after tackling a brutal marathon at the IAAF World Championships, Roberta Groner will be returning to the starting line in New York City. Groner, 41, finished sixth as the first American across the finish line while battling 90-degree heat and high humidity in Doha.
Seven American women with personal bests under 2:36 are set to compete, including Nicole DiMercurio, Kaitlin Goodman, Alia Gray, Danna Herrick, Katy Jermann, Kate Landau, and Lindsey Scherf, as well as up and coming runners like Jennifer Bigham and Paula Pridgen.