Runners packages include the following:
- Return airfares from Auckland to New York (direct or via Houston)
- Return airport transfers on group flights
- Seven nights’ accommodation in a 4-star prime location
- Guaranteed entry to the TCS New York City Marathon
- Private transport to the Start Village
- Race morning breakfast
- Official TCS New York City Marathon 2020 t-shirt
- Marathon Tours welcome cruise including lunch, race day briefing and Statue of Liberty
- Private Marathon Tours Help Desk
- Seven day metro pass for transportation around NYC
- Post-race celebration dinner and drinks
- Closed Facebook group to allow you to connect with fellow Kiwi runners before departure
- Full service for all pre- and post-travel arrangements, including tailor made itineraries, live webinars and a travel app for your mobile phone
This marathon offers a grand tour of New York, starting on Staten Island and finishing in Central Park you will run through each of the five boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan and has you running over five city bridges.
The TCS New York City Marathon is one of the biggest marathons in the world with 52,812 finishers in 2018, so don’t miss out! The atmosphere alone will get you through those 42.2 kilometres.
Staten Island (Miles 1-2): Not much time is spent in Staten Island: only two miles. When the race starts, runners cross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which offers sweeping views of the New York Harbour and skyline, including the Statue of Liberty. The first mile is an uphill climb up the bridge, while the second mile is downhill, heading off the bridge to Brooklyn.
Brooklyn (Miles 3-12): These next 11 miles is run in the relatively flat streets of Brooklyn. Runners are able to enjoy the colourful quirks of each neighbourhood in the borough, from the trendy restaurants in Park Slope to the charming tree-lined streets on Lafayette Avenue to the lively crowds in Williamsburg.
Queens (Miles 13-15): Near the midpoint of the race, comes the Queensboro Bridge at mile 14. While the vantage point offers beautiful views, the climb up the bridge is tough, and the absence of spectators on this stretch can be mentally challenging. This section is quiet compared to the rest of the race.
Manhattan Part 1 (Miles 16-18): After descending the Queensboro Bridge onto Manhattan’s First Avenue, runners are swallowed by a swell of spectators. This is a flat, three-mile stretch.
The Bronx (Miles 19-20): Whilst crossing into The Bronx, the crowds have thinned from First Avenue. There are bands and dancers at the Entertainment Zone at 139th and Morris Avenue.
Manhattan Part 2 (Miles 21-26.2): The final 10K of the marathon is long and possibly painful but with the roaring crowds in the heart of the Big Apple, plus the final miles through iconic Central Park, the last push is worth it. From here it is a quick spin through Harlem and a run up Fifth Avenue, reaching the northern edge of Central Park around mile 23. The next mile is fairly flat along Fifth. Once inside Central Park around mile 24, there are a couple rolling hills. At mile 25 you’ll be surrounded by deafening crowds near Columbus Circle. Then it’s just two quick turns before the finish.
What do I need to travel to New York?
You will need a current New Zealand Passport to travel overseas, with a validity of six months or more after the date upon which you are scheduled to arrive back in New Zealand. All NZ passport holders must apply online for an ESTA Visa, at least 72 hours prior to departure for your trip to the USA. If you have a passport from another country, or have a previous criminal conviction, a visa may be required. A re-entry visa will be required by travellers leaving New Zealand holding a foreign passport.
Do I need travel insurance?
It is compulsory that each person has travel insurance before travelling for the TCS New York City Marathon. Although it isn’t compulsory that it’s purchased via Allianz Global Assistance (our preferred provider), we do highly recommend it, as unlike other companies, they provide cover for the actual marathon event. We recommend you take out insurance as soon as you book, as it will ensure you are covered in case you injure yourself prior to the event and can no longer travel.
How do I book?
Simply click on the yellow registration link displayed at the top of the page or phone the team on 0800 RUNNING. As this event is extremely popular don't delay. Should the upcoming event already be sold out talk to us about joining our contact list for the following year.
Is it possible to purchase an entry by itself?
It is not possible to purchase an entry by itself. Entries are only valid when purchased as part of a package.