Marathon start on the bridge - Photo by NYRR

As the 35th annual ING NYC Marathon approaches on Sunday, runners (including Gothamist) are getting anxious for weather forecasts. A hot day like last year can mean tough times for runners as they deal with dehydration and heat exhaustion. Cold weather can mean rethinking race wear for warmth but also being able to shed that gear as the day gets warmer. Rain, sun, wind, every type of weather mother nature can throw at us can affect the runners and their race. Ultimately runners want a cool overcast day. Spectators, however, just want it to be sunny and warm enough to stand out on 4th Ave in Brooklyn, or 1st Ave in Manhattan and have a couple of beers and cheer people on.

So we will provide a couple of crystal ball forecasts for Sunday from our trusty variety of sources:

weather.com51 Partly CloudyW 10 mph
Weather Undergroundmid 50sPartly cloudyn/a
Intellicastupper 40sTimes of sun and cloudsn/a
Accuweather52Mostly cloudySW at 12 mph (gusts to 24mph)
NOAAmid 50s Partly cloudyn/a

For now, it's looking pretty good for the runners, but check back later this week and we'll provide more details as the Nov 7th race gets closer. Any Gothamist readers running?

photo from New York Road Runners Club