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Racing In Queens

Marathon Closes LIC Streets

The 44th annual New York City Marathon is this Sunday, Nov. 2, and with the race come street closures and thousands of runners through serval Queens neighborhoods

The event’s first running was in 1970 with just 127 entrants, according to New York Road Runners, the event’s organizer. The marathon has grown exponentially over the four decades into a premier athletic event with over 40,000 participants, it was noted.

Beginning in Staten Island, the course will traverse all five boroughs of New York City and end at Central Park. The route includes several major bridges, including the Verrazano Bridge at the southern end of Brooklyn, the first span racers cross.

After going north up the spine of Brooklyn, runners will enter Queens by the Pulaski Bridge in Greenpoint. In Queens the racers will travel through the neighborhoods of Dutch Kills, Hunters Point and Long Island City before crossing the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge to continue the 26.2 mile journey.

Several streets will be closed from early Sunday morning until the afternoon.

Residents in these neighborhoods are advised that cars parked on many streets will be relocated during the race by the Department of Transportation and NYPD tow trucks.

Road closures in the borough include the following: Pulaski Bridge southbound; 48th Avenue between 11th Street and Vernon Boulevard; Vernon Boulevard between 48th Avenue and 10th Street; 10th Street between Vernon Boulevard and 44th Drive: 44th Drive between 10th Street and Hunter Street; Hunter Street between 44th Drive and Crescent Street; Crescent Street between Hunter Street and Queens Plaza South; Queens Plaza South between Crescent Street and 23rd Street: 23rd Street between Queens Plaza South and Queens Plaza North; and the eastbound Ed Koch- Queensboro Bridge.

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