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Men’s elite field
The men’s field as reported in August was perhaps one for the ages with Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew bringing his 2:02:55 personal best to the starting line. But the five-time top-5 finisher in London is out. Kenyan Evans Chebet with his 2:03:00 is out. Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor is also out. He has run as fast as 2:04:23.
The top men are still fast, but this leaves room for a North American to contend for the win in NY. Cameron Levins, who lives in Portland, OR and is from Black Creek, BC in Canada has run 2:05:36 in March 2023 at the Tokyo Marathon.
Canadian Cameron Levins was slated to compete in the Toronto Marathon on September 24, however, switched to New York for a few reasons. Levins initially set the Canadian record at 2:09:25 on the streets of Toronto and has since improved it to 2:05:36 in Tokyo this past March. Levins burned through a few marathons either with substandard performances (for his own liking) or not finishing. He apparently knew that he could run sub-2:06 and eventually did it under the direction of coach Jim Finlayson. There were a few high-risk, high-reward scenarios in his recent marathons, but his latest is his greatest, so far.
The 34-year-old would like to perform well on the biggest stage. During his career, he has either been fighting an injury or under the weather at global events. For the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, he wants to be ready. Switching from the flat and fast Toronto race to New York is about the field, the course and the timing.
“We wanted a good field and a hillier marathon to test him in that environment and see where his strengths and weaknesses are, with hilly Paris (the Olympic course) on the horizon,” shared his coach Jim Finlayson. “NY made sense, also when considering the spacing before the Games.”
Women’s elite field
The women’s field is stacked, as they say. Having the current world record holder in Brigid Kosgei is impressive, add the Tokyo Olympic champion, who beat Kosgei, Peres Jepchirchir into the mix and NYCM packs a 1-2 punch of historic proportions. But that is not all, folks. Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, who holds the current half-marathon world record is toeing the line. The three boast bests of 2:14:04WR, 2:17:16 and 2:16:49, respectively.
And the NYRR organizing committee didn’t stop there. Add four more sub-2:18 women to the mix including Israel’s Lonah Salpeter, Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Kenyan Edna Kiplagat — it should be the greatest women’s NYCM race ever.
Kenyan Hellen Obiri wants to make a statement on the roads. She has already taken care of the track having won two World Championships gold medals and two Olympic silver medals in the 5000m event. Obiri, age 33, has now run two marathons, the 2022 New York was her debut at 2:25:49 and the 2023 Boston Marathon where she ran 2:21:38. Those times are not going to put her on the top of an elite list, but the courses are challenging and New York was her debut. It was a very good performance.
How to Watch the New York City Marathon?
The race will be covered on ESPN2 (and live-streamed on its app on ESPN.com) from 8:00 AM EST to 11:30 AM EST. Pre-race coverage for the 2023 New York City Marathon will begin at 7:00 AM EST. You can also download the ESPN app or ABC 7 New York App to stream the event.
In Canada, TSN will broadcast the marathon.
Local New York City Viewers:
- Channel: WABC-TV, Channel 7
- Coverage Time: 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST on race day.
- China: SMG Sports
- Europe: Eurosport
- France: L’Equipe
- India: Eurosport
- Italy: RAI
- Japan: TV Asahi
- Mexico and Central America: ESPN International
- Middle East: TBD
- New Zealand: Sky
- South America and the Caribbean: ESPN International
- Southeast Asia: Eurosport
- Spain: TVE/Tv3
- Sub-Saharan Africa: SuperSport
Over 50,000 runners. 26.2 miles. 5 boroughs. ONE week. pic.twitter.com/sCKa8GFD9Y— TCS New York City Marathon (@nycmarathon) October 29, 2023
WATCH TCS NYC MARATHON LIVE VIA RACE APP:
Moreover, enthusiasts can follow the NYC Marathon through the official TCS race app. This platform offers a second-screen experience to enhance the live broadcast, providing continuous coverage of the professional divisions and insights from race connoisseurs. It includes an interactive guide for spectators and live tracking to locate runners throughout the race. Additionally, live camera feeds are available to view runners as they navigate the start, finish, and critical points along the route.
The New York City Marathon will also be broadcast on various television networks across many other parts of the world. It’s recommended to check local listings in your region for specific channels and broadcast times.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE TIME US EASTERN (GMT -4):
- 8:00 AM Professional Men’s Wheelchair Division
- 8:02 AM Professional Women’s Wheelchair Division
- 8:22 AM Handcycle Category and Select Athletes with Disabilities
- 8:25 AM Mastercard Priceless Start
- 8:40 AM Professional Women’s Open Division
- 9:05 AM Professional Men’s Open Division
- 9:10 AM Wave 1
- 9:45 AM Wave 2
- 10:20 AM Wave 3
- 10:55 AM Wave 4
- 11:30 AM Wave 5
|Yenew Alamirew Getahun||ETH||33||2:08:56|
|Ashenafi Ketema Birhana||ETH||35||2:15:27|
|Andreas Myhre Sjurseth||NOR||39||2:16:05|