2024 NYC Marathon - Client Portal

Last updated January 12, 2024

The most recent and important updates, if any, will be listed here.  Everything else will be listed below.

Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K
Wish to partake in the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5k run? This takes place on Saturday, November 2 and will run through Midtown Manhattan and end in Central Park.
This race is open to everyone and anyone aged 8 or older on Race Day and is a wonderful way to shake out the legs prior to the marathon and run with friends or family and the Dream Travel crew!
Please inquire for more details!

Information below is based on the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon, however, we will update this page as information comes in from the NYRR.  Note that there will be very few changes until the summer of 2024.  Use the below information as a guideline.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
It is up to each person to ensure they meet all travel requirements, including but not limited to vaccine status, passport validity, etc.

MASK MANDATES
Currently masks are optional. As this may change, watch this page for updates.

YOUR BOOKING DETAILS
Your booking details will be listed on your deposit invoice, your final invoice and in a separate email that is sent out to everyone. It is your responsibility to read what I send you and let me know if there are any errors or changes.

HOTEL CHANGES/DATES OF STAY CHANGES
To ensure you don’t have to move rooms or hotels, please request your additional nights as soon as possible. Hotels will sell out! It is not possible to cancel nights any more.

RACE BIB COLLECTION
Each runner must pick up their own marathon bib at the race expo using their Confirmation Form and either their driver’s license or their passport.  There is no race day bib collection.

Click here for more information on the Confirmation Forms.

CONFIRMATION FORMS
These are required to pick up your bib from the expo and are available to download from your account at www.nyrr.org.  Your confirmation form includes your race number pickup date and time, start corral, wave start, race (bib) number, and other information.

CHOOSING YOUR EXPO TIME

In August you will be able to choose a time that you want to go to the race expo to collect your marathon and/or their 5K bib/materials by logging into your NYRR account.  Click here for more details.

TRANSPORTATION TIMES/TIMING/WHAT TO DO AT THE START

Everyone will have the opportunity to choose their preferred transportation method to the start area in August by logging into their NYRR account. The three options will be:

1 – bus from Bryant Park (most selected).  Buses go straight to the start area and take around 45 minutes.
2 – East 34th Street Ferry. You’ll need to take both a ferry and then a bus, but all will be set up by the NYRR.
3 – Staten Island Ferry. You’ll need to take both a ferry and then a bus.

Each runner will be responsible for getting to their preferred choice on their own. All hotels are walking distances to the buses (2 – 15 minutes, depending on your hotel) and East 34th Street Ferry, although the ferry is much further away (30-40 minutes).

Keep in mind that whether you travel by bus or by ferry, it can take around 90 minutes for you to arrive and get through security. Note that times may vary depending on what time you depart, queue’s, etc so this is a rough estimate.  Once you arrive you can expect to take another hour to find your Staging Area and corral, find and use the port-o-potties assuming there are no lines. If there are, expect another 10 – 20 minutes.

ABBOTT DASH TO THE FINISH LINE 5K BIB PICKUP
We only have about 25 entries left to this event that will take place on Saturday, November 2 and will run through Manhattan and end in Central Park.  This event is open to anyone and everyone 8 years or older.  Entries are US60 each including tax.

Runners need to pick up their bibs at the Javits Center on Thursday or Friday.  Please click here for more information.  If you are arriving late in the afternoon on Friday, you’ll need someone else to pick up your bib.

If someone else is picking up your 5K bib for you, they will need the QR code from your NYRR account along with a form of photo identification that corresponds to your NYRR account.  Please note, we are unable to collect bibs for you.

*Minimum age to run this event is 8. All runners, child or adult, must bring government issued ID to pick up their bib.

SIX STAR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS w/ ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS
Any runner who is completing their Six Star journey must have a complete profile on the Six Star website, claim all previous results and register no later than 14 days before the sixth race.  If you fail to do this, you will NOT receive the Six Star medal at the finish line.

Please click here to register or access your runner portal and complete the “Set for No.6” section.

BAG PRE-CHECK
Runners that want to pre-check a bag need to do so at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park Friday or Saturday. You may choose this option in August via your NYRR account. Please click here for more information.

RACE EXPO
The race expo will be at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Where: 11th Avenue at West 36th Street
When:   Thursday Nov 2 from 10AM – 8 PM
Friday Nov 3 from 10AM – 8PM
Saturday Nov 4 from 9AM – 5PM

Click here for more information on the expo.

SECURITY MEASURES/PROHIBITED ITEMS
Everyone should be aware of the security measures that will be in place for the marathon as well as prohibited items. An example is that no one is permitted to bring bags to the start areas.

Click here for more information.

PARADE OF NATIONS
Runners will have an opportunity to fill out a survey (sent in August) to be part of the 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines. The survey will also include a place for those who wish to apply to be considered for their country’s flag bearer. The event will run from 5:00PM – 7:00PM, with participants arriving at 4:00PM
Getting to the Marathon Start
Take your assigned transportation at your assigned time to the start of the 2024 TCS New York City Marathon.  As there are 3 departure points and multiple departure times per departure point, each runner is responsible for getting to their assigned transportation on their own.
Marathon Start/Staying Warm
Each Staging Area will be the same and will include port-o-potties, coffee and some tents. If the weather turns cold, however, there will not be enough room for 50,000+ people to have shelter.  That said, it is recommended that you bring disposable clothing to toss before you start the marathon. Discarded clothing will be collected and given to the homeless.
Running with Someone Else
If you and your running partner(s) have been separated by waves or corrals, you may still run together by moving backwards to the highest wave and corral within your group.  You may not move forward in the corrals or waves and note that this is highly policed at the start area.  Note that moving backwards to start with someone else is not guaranteed as it will ultimately depend on the race marshals and volunteers.

GETTING BACK TO THE HOTELS POST MARATHON
Each hotel is walking distance from the finish area, however, you may take public transportation if you want, but there is no group transportation.

START VILLAGES
When the buses drop you off, follow the line of runners to the Start Villages. You may be scanned with a wand and your bag will be searched by security before being allowed into the Start Village / Staging Areas. The only bag that you will be allowed to bring into the Staging areas are the clear plastic ones
that will be issued to you at the expo.

Your Start Village color is listed on your Registration Form and race bib (ie: Village Blue, Orange Wave 3 Corral E) .

Once you determine where you should be in the Start Village, you can take some time to eat, use the washrooms, drop your bag (if applicable), or just sit and relax. Each Start Village has the same setup.

WAVE STARTS
As there will be 55,000+ runners and to alleviate the strain of having everyone start at the same time, the TCS New York City Marathon will be run in waves.

You will each be assigned a Wave Start based on your estimated completion time. Wave start times for 2023 were:

Wave 1 – 9:10AM
Wave 2 – 9:45AM
Wave 3 – 10:20AM
Wave 4 – 10:55AM
Wave 5 – 11:30AM

Do NOT email/phone the NYRR and request a wave or corral change. If it’s absolutely necessary to have this changed (you are a sub 3 hour runner and are seated in the last wave, for example), ask at the Runner’s Help Desk/Solution Desk at the expo. If you want to run with a friend, see above. You do not need to change waves or corrals for this.

THE COURSE
Click here for extensive information on the race course, as well as a map.

THE FINISH AREA
Click here for extensive information regarding the finish area, including where to go if you’ve chosen either the baggage option or the poncho (no baggage option), and information regarding the Family Reunion area.

Getting to Manhattan from a JFK, LGA or EWR Airport
All three airports servicing NYC offer train service and/or shuttle bus service but note that JFK is undergoing renovations so there will be significant delays at that airport. You can purchase shuttle bus tickets immediately after collecting your baggage from the carrousel.

Click here for more information for those traveling into LaGuardia (LGA).
Click here for more information for those traveling into JFK.
Click here for more information for those traveling into Newark (EWR).

The Hotels
Fairfield Inn Central Park 538 W 58th Street
Renaissance Times Square Two Times Square (7th Ave at W48th Street)
Fairfield Inn Times Square 330 W 40th Street
Four Points by Sheraton 326 W 40th Street
Marriott Marquis 1535 Broadway

Checking in to Your Hotel
As this is a group booking, no booking number/reference is required. Simply check in by name, with ID and with a credit card for incidentals.

Daylight Savings
Remember that the clocks fall back one hour on Sunday November 3 at 2AM.  That means one extra hour of sleep before the marathon!

HOW TO FIND SOMEONE AT THE START AREA
Unless text your location, it will be very difficult to find someone at the Start Area so it is highly recommended you travel together.  Set this up before you indicate what form of transportation and time you wish to choose.

Click here for more information on Staging / Start Villages, as well as a map.

PERSONALIZE YOUR SHIRT
Are you interested in having New Yorkers personalize your run? Write your name on your race shirt (or masking tape) in large letters across your chest and people will call out to you and encourage you as you run!

FOOD/SHOPPING
Restaurant Row – W46th Street between 8 and 9th Avenue. 
Best NY cheesecake – Juniors. Multiple locations.
Best Bakery – Magnolia, famous for their banana pudding.  Multiple locations.
Great shopping – Century 21 department store (there is a giant one located at 22 Cortlandt Street) or down at Canal Street
High end shopping – 5th Avenue between 39th and 60th Street

SPECTATORS
There are many great spots to watch the marathon, but the liveliest would be along 5th Avenue or  near the finish line. Grand stand seat tickets will be available at www.nyrr.org or you can watch for free about 300m shy of the finish line in Central Park.

There will be a Friends and Family gathering area for runners after runners exit the park.  More information can be found here

HOCKEY TICKETS

We are now officially selling hockey tickets. If interested, please let me know via this form.
  • November 2nd at 7:00 PM-NY Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes
    • Sections 414-419: $111.00 per ticket
    • Sections 319 & 320-$129.00 per ticket
    • Sections 208 & 227 rows #10-14: $137.00 per ticket
    • Section 102 rows #18-22: $166.00 per ticket
    • Section 112 rows #10-12: $195.00 per ticket
  • November 7th at 7:30 PM-NY Rangers vs Detroit Red Wings
    • Sections 415, 417 & 419: $111.00 per ticket
    • Sections 209 & 213 rows #18-20: $127.00 per ticket
    • Sections 317, 319 & 320-$129.00 per ticket
    • Sections 208 & 214 rows #10-14: $137.00 per ticket
    • Section 102 rows #18-22: $166.00 per ticket
    • Section 112 rows #10-12: $195.00 per ticket

*Some sections and seats are already sold out. For the most up-to-date information, please contact Stephen.

Offline Maps
Consider downloading an offline map of New York so that you are able to search for directions upon arrival, even if you don’t have WiFi.  Services like Google Maps works well for offline maps.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Dream Travel Group 5K
When:   TBD
Where: Meet at the Maine Monument in Central Park by Columbus Circle.
Who:    Anyone and everyone.
What:   Casual group run at your own pace, meet others from the group and your Dream Travel reps.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K
When:   8:30AM.  You need to arrive by 8:30AM
Where: UN building 405 E 42nd Street
Who:     Only those that purchased an entry from me or from the NYRR
Click here for the course map

Click here for more information on this event

*Minimum age to run this event is 8. All runners, child or adult, must bring government issued ID to pick up their bib.

Bib Pickup
This is your last chance to go to the race expo to pick up your race bib and any goodies you may want.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Time Change
Remember you get an extra hour of sleep!

Race Day!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Marathon Monday
When: Monday Nov 4
Where: NYC Marathon Pavilion by Tavern on the Green, Central Park
Who:     Anyone and everyone
Why:     Get your medal engraved, take some finish line photos or buy some last minute marathon gear at discounted prices!
Click here for more information

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5