The 2023 New York Marathon today will see the world's top athletes duke it out over 26.2 miles, starting on Staten Island and finishing in Central Park. Albert Korir in the men's elite race, and Peres Jepchirchir in the elite women's race, will be joined by 50,000 runners who have trained for months to raise money for charity. Don't miss it.
The runners are beginning to gather for both the elite race and the charity runners, with conditions bright, sunny and unseasonably warm. Temperatures will be 12C for the beginning of the event. There have been no major drop outs, so both men's and women's events have all their big stars. It'll be the first time the reigning New York, Boston and Olympic marathon champions line up together in the Big Apple.
Read on and we'll show you how to watch the New York Marathon from anywhere with a VPN, and likely for FREE.
The men's elite race today may not feature defending champion Evans Chebet, fellow Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge, Kelvin Kiptum or Geoffrey Kamworor, plus Ethiopian Gotytom Gebreslase but there's still going to plenty of talent on show in what promises to be a remarkably even race on Sunday. Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia has the fastest recorded time of among 2023's entrants, while compatriot Tamirat Tola was 2022 world champion and should finish well. It will be fascinating to see how debutant Edwin Cheserek, the most decorated athlete in NCAA history, does in such a big race, while fellow Kenyan Albert Korir knows how to win in New York after his 2021 success.
In the women's event, there's a stacked field. The 2021 New York champion Peres Jepchirchir – the only woman to win Olympic, New York City, and Boston Marathons – returns after finishing third in London in April and Kenyan compatriot Hellen Obiri goes in search of a second victory in her third career marathon. Completing the Kenyan charge are 2022 NY winner Sharon Lokedi and Olympic silver medallist Brigid Kosgei, who held the world record until September. Tokyo Marathon 2023 winner Rosemary Wanjiru will also line up, while the Ethiopian challenge will come from world half-marathon record holder Letesenbet Gidey. Molly Huddle flies the flag for the U.S.
If you know anyone running in the marathon, you can keep tabs on them too. Here's how to track any runner at the NYC Marathon.
Ready to see them pound the streets of the Big Apple? Here's how to watch a 2023 New York Marathon live stream online from anywhere.
FREE New York Marathon live streams
The 2023 New York Marathon is being live streamed for FREE on the ABC 7 New York App in the U.S., on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website (with a TV license) in the U.K., L'Equipe TV in France, the RaiPlay streaming service in Italy and on RTVE in Spain.
But what if you're based in one of those countries but aren't at home to catch that free New York Marathon coverage? Maybe you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on pay TV in another country, when you'd usually be able to watch the race for free at home?
Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below.
New York Marathon live streams around the world
It's only natural that you might want to watch a New York Marathon live stream from your home country, but what if you're not there during the event?
Look no further than a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.
They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN. It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Safety, speed and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. It's also compatible with loads of devices and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you want to try it out.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view coverage from Spain, you'd select Spain from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to RTVE or another website and watch the 2023 New York Marathon live stream.
New York Marathon 2023 start times and schedule
(All times ET)
- 8:00 a.m. Professional Wheelchair Division
- 8:22 a.m. Handcycle Category and Select Athletes with Disabilities
- 8:40 a.m. Professional Women’s Open Division
- 9:05 a.m. Professional Men’s Open Division
- 9:10 a.m. Wave 1
- 9:45 a.m. Wave 2
- 10:20 a.m. Wave 3
- 10:55 a.m. Wave 4
- 11:30 a.m. Wave 5
Watch the NY Marathon around the world
How to watch New York Marathon live streams in the U.S.
As mentioned above, viewers in the U.S. can live stream the 2023 New York Marathon for free on the the ABC 7 New York website, with coverage running from 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT to 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.
ABC 7 New York is available to stream via Roku, Samsung TV Plus and Xumo too.
The race is also being televised ESPN Plus as a pay-TV option. You can take out an ESPN Plus subscription for $10.99 a month or $109.99 per year.
ESPN Plus won't unlock all regular ESPN content, but it will grant you access to thousands of live events, original shows and series that can't be found anywhere else (not even on the standard ESPN service).
If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can live stream the New York Marathon by using a good VPN. And if, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money-back guarantee with ExpressVPN.
How to watch New York Marathon live streams in the U.K.
Discovery Plus is also live streaming the 2023 New York Marathon in the U.K. as a pay TV option, with coverage getting underway at 1 p.m. GMT on Sunday afternoon.
A subscription is available for £6.99 per month or £39.99 per year, but you can pay £29.99 per month to add TNT Sports to the mix, bringing with it Champions League and Premier League soccer.
If you're not in the U.K. right now, you can still follow the New York Marathon live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch New York Marathon live streams in Australia
Aussies can watch the 2023 New York Marathon on Kayo Sports, which offers access to over 50 sports live and on-demand. Prices start at $25.
Aussies who aren't in the country right now can sign up for a VPN such as ExpressVPN to watch the action as if they were back home.