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2016 New York City Marathon: Ideal weather conditions to benefit runners

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More than 50,000 runners will trek through the five boroughs of New York City on Sunday, Nov. 6, for the 46th annual New York City Marathon.

A chilly but dry morning is in store for the runners. However, light winds should ease the difficulty of the grueling 26.2-mile course.

The first wave to take the starting line will be the professional women racers at 9:20 a.m. EST. The last wave is set to start at 11 a.m. EST.

"Runners can leave rain gear behind as dry and partly sunny conditions will dominate on Sunday, but a chilly breeze from the northwest may force onlookers to out the jackets," AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said.

Winds will most likely be out of the northwest between 7 to 14 mph during the event.

How quickly a storm system departs from New England and southeastern Canada will ultimately determine how much wind impacts the runners and how high temperatures will rise by the end of the race.

"Should the system depart quickly by Sunday, race day will feature calmer winds and milder conditions," Duff said.

Even though temperatures to start the race are expected to be in the middle 40s F, temperatures will slowly rise into the lower 50s by the time the event concludes at 2 p.m. EST.

The forecast for this year's event looks promising for runners, according to Bart Yasso, chief running officer for Runner's World.

The light wind is key, because the start of the marathon is at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island and it can be "really breezy up there," Yasso, who has run the marathon three times, said.

Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

"Very little wind will be a very big advantage to the runners," Yasso said.

Temperatures in the 50s are favorable, Yasso said. Highs in the upper 60s or lower 70s would be too warm, and temperatures in the high 30s or low 40s would be too cold for a lot of runners, he continued.

Temperatures for the majority of the race will center around 50 and seem ideal to the majority of runners.