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New York City Marathon Facts

26.2 and Counting: The New York City Marathon in Numbers

While 26.2 is the magic number of miles that will get you a medal in the NYC Marathon, there's a lot more that goes into the making of this annual race.

  • 1 second separates the closet race in the NYC Marathon: Paul Tergat beat Hendrick Ramaala during the 2005 marathon by a blink of the eye.
  • 2:22:31 is the women's course record set by Margaret Okayo in 2003.
  • 5 bridges make up the 26.2-mile course.
  • 8 years old is the age of the youngest finisher to ever run the marathon. In 1977, Wesley Paul finished the race in three hours, 31 minutes.
  • 93 is the age of the oldest competitor in this year's race, Jon Mendes.
  • 127 is the number of participants of the first NYC Marathon in 1970; 55 finished (all men).
  • 6,400 pounds of bananas will be handed out to runners this year.
  • 50,740 is the number of participants in this year's race — a new record.
  • $600,000 in prize money is up for grabs this year.
  • $1 million is the amount of money spent on security this year.
  • 2 million is the number of live spectators cheering along the course.
  • 2.3 million paper cups are used on race day.
  • $340 million is the amount of money NYC makes from the marathon.
Source: Etsy
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