Just in case you might want to follow me (or anyone else) on Sunday at the New York City Marathon, here's how you can do it.
For $2.99, you can download an app to your Android Smartphone. I have downloaded it to mine and I'll be using it during the race. So, you'll be able to see me step by step as I run the race. No timing mats needed, wherever I am, you'll see me. That being said, I use an app called JuiceDefender that monitors my battery usage and might make it update just a little less frequently.
The app allows you to track up to 10 runners, and you'll be able to watch a live stream of the race from your phone. If you are in NYC, you can use it to meet up with runners after the race.
The Android app can be found in the Android Market.
For free, you can download an app to your iPhone or iPad. However, it won't let you do much. To get the same features as listed above for Android, you'll have to upgrade to the premium version for $2.99.
The iOS App can be found in the App Store.
If you would like to receive text messages on race day, you can sign up for that as well. Just go to this website to sign up for the service. This is also $2.99 to track up to 3 runners and receive text messages as they cross over timing mats. This service will be available to sign up through Saturday. After that, you'll have to text my bib number (which is 65088) to 99731 on race day.
Via the Web
I'm pretty sure live results will be available for free on race day. Just go to the ING New York City Marathon website to see the live results. Click on "Runner Tracking" on the left side.
Watch the Race
If you want to watch the race on television, you will want to tune in to NBC4 in New York. If you're not in New York, you can stream it live from the New York City Marathon Website, or tune in to Universal Sports. Race coverage starts at 9:00am EST. Remember though - I am in the third wave, so I don't cross the starting line until 10:40am.
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