TCS New York City Marathon By The Numbers

TCS New York City Marathon By The Numbers

Runners stream into Brooklyn in the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. (Credit: Courtesy NYRR)

The TCS New York City Marathon is my favorite day of the year. I love it even more than I love my birthday. Amazingly, I get to spend the day cheering runners across the finish line as one of the race announcers. It’s truly an honor and a privilege.

Watching the 2006 race in Central Park is what inspired me to tackle it (and the marathon distance) for the first time. I’ve run, worked, or cheered at the race every year since then.

This year, I spent the last seven days emceeing at marathon events, and in the process learned a lot of trivia about the race. Did you know that 130 bands line the course, averaging 5 per mile? Here’s a look at the TCS New York City Marathon through all of its glorious stats.

TCS New York City Marathon By The Numbers

55 finishers in 1970, the first New York City Marathon
50,530 finishers in 2014, the largest marathon in history
49,617 finishers in 2015
1,074,404 finishers to date, including 2015
58% men
42% women
139 countries represented
62% of runners come from the U.S., the most represented country
5% of runners hail from France, the most represented foreign country
4% of runners travel from Italy, the second most represented foreign country
3% of runners come from each the U.K and Germany, which round out the top five countries
50 states represented
32% of runners live in New York, the most represented state
7% of runners hail from New Jersey, the second most represented state
3% of runners travel from California, which comes in third among states
2% of runners come from each Florida and Connecticut, which round out the top five states
1970 year of the first New York City Marathon
1976 year of the first five-borough marathon
2000 year of the first official wheelchair division
2:05:06 male runner course record (Geoffrey Mutai, 2011)
2:22:31 female runner course record (Margaret Okayo, 2003)
1:29:22 male wheelchair course record (Kurt Fearnley, 2006)
1:43:04 female wheelchair course record (Tatyana McFadden, 2015)
Human Power
665 million households worldwide the broadcast reaches
1 million+ estimated spectators along the course
10,000 event volunteers
175 NYRR staff working year-round on the TCS New York City Marathon and other programs
The Start
24,100 runners take the Staten Island Ferry to the start
915 buses transport runners to the start on Staten Island
43 UPS trucks transport participants’ bags from start to finish
8 UPS trucks transport participants’ donated clothing from the start to Goodwill
60,000 8-oz. bottles and 1,200 16.9-oz. bottles of Poland Spring 100% Natural Spring Water
40,800 PowerBars
16,000 servings of Gatorade Endurance Carb Energy Drink
1,800 gallons of Gatorade Endurance Formula
663 pounds of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (approximately 62,000 cups)
1,650 portable toilets
The Course
2,300,000 paper cups
1,500,000 participant photos captured by more than 150 official MarathonFoto photographers
62,370 gallons of Poland Spring Brand 100% Natural Spring Water
60,000 PowerGels at mile 18
32,040 gallons of Gatorade Endurance Formula
1,952 portable toilets at more than 35 locations, including every mile
106 official clocks
53 ChronoTrack timing systems
130+ bands and entertainment acts
5 average number of bands per mile (the most at any marathon)
10 number of hours of continuous music along the course
20 Official Partner and Charity Entertainment and Cheer Zones
35 years that the Bishop Loughlin High School band, “the original Marathon band,” has played
at the race. They will once again perform the Rocky theme (“Gonna Fly Now”) all day near the
Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The Finish
35,000 Marathon Finish Ponchos (for runners who don’t bag check)
50,000+ finisher medals
50,000+ Heat Sheets presented by United Airlines and Foot Locker
50,000+ Recovery Bags presented by Hospital for Special Surgery containing
Poland Spring Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, Gatorade Recover beverage, a PowerBar, a
New York State McIntosh apple, Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels, and Gatorade Thirst Quencher
Medical Aid
53,800 salt packets
52,000 acetaminophen tablets
20,450 tongue depressors
14,000 adhesive bandages
12,530 pounds of ice
475 cots
311 thermometers
220 tubs of petroleum jelly
38 medical aid stations
15 Abbott i-STAT Machines
Prizes and Awards
231 awards from Tiffany & Co.
$705,000 total guaranteed prize purse, plus time bonuses
$100,000 each to the male and female runner champions
$15,000 each to the male and female wheelchair champions
$1,000,000 Abbott World Marathon Majors prize, split between the men’s and women’s AWMM champions, awarded by the six AWMM races at the 2016 Tokyo Marathon
$34.5 million raised by charity runners (2014)
$5 million raised by NYRR Team for Kids runners alone (2014)
8,500 charity runners (2014)
1,700 NYRR Team for Kids runners (2014)
300+ official charity partners
Recycling Efforts
861,900+ pounds of material have been recycled and diverted from landfills since 2007
397,400 pounds of material recycled or donated at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon
207,000 pounds of clothing were collected and donated to Goodwill industries of New York and New Jersey, distributed and sold at Goodwill stores throughout the greater New York area
171,140 pounds of material were recycled through Royal Waste
19,300 pounds of unused food were donated to City Harvest to help feed the nearly 2 million New Yorkers who face hunger each year
Karla’s Stats
10 year anniversary in 2015 of participating in the race as a runner, spectator, or worker
5 years working the marathon (2011-2015: 1 reporting, 2 broadcasting, 2 announcing)
3 years running the New York City Marathon (2007, 2008, 2010)
3 PRs set at the New York City Marathon (2007, 2008, 2010)
2 years cheering along the course (2006, 2009)
1 year singing the national anthem: 2010 professional women’s and wheelchair starts
1 place among my all-time favorite races!

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11 2015