4. New Balance Mile-20 Block Party, Bronx (135th Street and Alexander Avenue)

Image via TCS NYC Marathon website

Coming off the Willis Avenue Bridge in the Bronx, runners will come face to face with what is regarded as the most difficult part of the race. To help marathon participants conquer “the wall,” New Balance will be hosting a block party, complete with music by Bronx DJs, a dedicated cheer zone, a local drum line, a large interactive digital scene and cheers from the crowd, of course.

While this location is far from the most popular spot to catch the race, it’s situated at a point where runners need the most encouragement to power through.