Okay, so it’s a bit late to join the 47,000 runners who will be racing around the Big Apple this weekend for the annual New York City Marathon. But with our pick of the Top 5 landmarks along the route, you can feel like you’re part of the action.

1. Verrazano Narrows Bridge
Starting on the shores of Staten Island, runners will be off to a scenic start, scaling what is currently the eighth longest suspension bridge in the world. It’s beautifully lit up at night, and sandwiched between two historic forts, Fort Hamilton and Fort Wadsworth on either end.

2. Green-Wood Cemetery
Gunning through Brooklyn up 4th Avenue, runners will catch glimpses of this peaceful cemetery to their right. Far from creepy, its confines boast many famous names including Steinway, Pfizer and Roosevelt. Pick up a free map to explore the exquisite gravestones and monuments.

3. Metropolitan Museum of Art
After clipping the corner through Queens, and racing up to the Bronx, the final leg of the marathon is back down to NYC’s museum mile, which is home to the Met. Containing more than 3 million artefacts (everything from Egyptian mummies to a tartan dress from Vivienne Westwood’s 1994 A/W collection), there’s truly something for everyone.

4. The Frick Collection
Continuing down 5th Avenue, The Frick Collection all about quality, not quantity. Housed in steel magnate Henry Frick’s opulent mansion, his priceless collection of old masters include the works of Vermeer, Rembrandt and Goya. Stop by on a Sunday morning (11am-1pm) and ‘pay what you wish’ instead of the usual $18 admission fee.

5. Central Park
With the finish line in sight, this NYC icon needs no introduction. Home to the Central Park Zoo, two ice-skating rinks and numerous other attractions, its sprawling grounds are also scattered with lakes, gardens, and playgrounds. The perfect place to collapse after a 26.2-mile race, really.

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