1. United Stage: Columbus Circle

Image via TCS NYC Marathon website

You can catch runners at United Stage: Columbus Circle before they head through Central Park and make a beeline for the finish line at 67th Street on West Drive. You’ll need to purchase a Grandstand Seating ticket in advance to catch the final stretch of the race; otherwise the United Stage offers a great view.

The post-finish area is not open to spectators. However, if you’d like to reunite with a runner, head to the Family Reunion section, located on Central Park West between West 60th Street and West 65th Street. It’s open from 12pm to 5pm, and visitors can enter from Broadway at the cross-street that correlates with the first letter of the last name of the participant (see map).

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