Best spots to watch the NYC marathon

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This year might be the last the ING New York City marathon is a one-day bonanza only, so grab a good spot.

The MTA slotted out the best viewing locations in the city, from the first few miles in Brooklyn to mile 21 in the Bronx. Wave 1 starts at 9:40 a.m., according to the race website.

One great place to catch the race is 43rd Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, where runners are still fresh while hitting mile five.

Or catch them at mile 25 of the 26.2-mile race, at 59th Street and Central Park South.

To prepare for the race, MTA workers sweep up the Verrazano-Narrows bridge, which runners race across after leaving from a plaza in Staten Island.

In the days right before the race, MTA officials will “go over the bridge with a finetooth comb,” according to the MTA, clearing small debris and evening the pavement — trying to get rid of anything that could trip up a runner.

Due to its popularity, officials are considering turning the marathon into a two-day event in the future.

Celebrity runners

Keep a lookout for these celebs on Sunday:
   
Edison Pena, one of the rescued Chilean minors, ran the race in 2010 and will be back again this year.
   
Christy Turlington Burns, the former model and philanthropist, running on behalf of her maternal health charity, Every Mother Counts.
   
“Survivor” winner Ethan Zohn plans to run despite finding out recently that his Hodgkin’s lymphoma has returned.
   
Supermodel Veronica Webb is running again; it will be her third year in a row participating.
 

1: Brooklyn, mile 5 43rd St., Fourth Ave.  to 45th St.

2: Brooklyn, mile 8 Fourth Ave., Ashland Place near Brooklyn Academy of Music to Pacific St. to Atlantic Ave.

3: Brooklyn, mile 11.5 Bedford Ave., South Third St. to Bedford Ave.

4: Brooklyn, mile 12 Nassau Ave., Lorimer St.  to Greenpoint Ave.

5: Queens, about mile 15 Crescent St., Queens Plaza South Downstairs from 7 subway station and Manhattan-bound 7 to Queensboro Plaza to Queens Plaza

6: Manhattan, mile 16-18 First Ave. between 60th and 86th sts. to 59th St./Lexington Ave. to 68th St./Lexington Ave. to 77th St. /Lexington Ave.

7: Bronx, mile 21Madison Ave. Bridge, West End to 138th St./Grand Concourse

8: Manhattan, miles 23-24 Central Park-East Driveto 86th St./Lexington Ave.to 77th St./Lexington Ave.

9: Manhattan, mile 25 59th St., Central Park?Southto Fifth Ave./59th St.



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