Of all the marathons in the world, New York City’s is the largest (at least according to last year’s stats).
Many runners would argue that it’s also the most exciting. Just ask anyone who’s ever finished the world famous 26.2-mile, 5-borough course before. More likely than not, they’ll tell you that the staggering amount of cheering spectators lined all along the city’s streets are what make the New York City Marathon one of the most exhilarating races in the entire world.
This year the iconic race is celebrating its 44th anniversary on November 2. Here’s a look at some of the most remarkable facts and stats that you probably didn’t know about the race.
127— The number of runners at the starting line of the first NYC Marathon in 1970.
55— The number of runners (all men) who finished that race.
19,000+ — The number of women who finished the race in 2013.
$1— The amount of money runners paid to register in 1970.
$227— The amount of money runners (NYRR members) paid to register in 2014.
8,200— The number of participants that ran for charity in 2013.
$25.5 million— The amount of money raised by charity runners in 2013.
4:18:54— The average finish time in 2013.
10,000— The number of race day volunteers.
1 Million+ — The number of race day spectators.
52,000— The amount of clothing in pounds that runners discard at the stating line, and that is later donated to those in need.
50,266— The number of runners who finished the 2013 NYC Marathon, the most of any marathon ever.