TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 race day (Courtesy NYRR)

The TCS New York City Marathon 2016 was the largest 26.2-miler in history with 51,388 runners crossing the finish line on Sunday, November 6. The final finisher count won’t be ready until a full review of all the results, but it will likely top 2014’s final number of 50,530. And it takes a village to put on an event of that magnitude.

I spent nine days emceeing marathon events (I’m a race announcer for New York Road Runners, the organization that puts on the marathon), and in the process learned a lot of trivia about the race. Here’s a look at the TCS New York City Marathon 2016 through some of its glorious stats.

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

35,000 Marathon ponchos were on hand at the finish. (Courtesy NYRR)

TCS New York City Marathon 2016 By The Numbers


55 finishers in 1970, the first New York City Marathon
51,388 finishers (initial count) in 2016, the largest marathon in history
50,530 finishers in 2014, previously the largest marathon in history
51,995 starters in 2016
1,107,717 starters from 1970 through 2016
1,125,770 finishers from 1970 through 2016 (initial count)
4:38:27 average finish time in 2015


76% runners tackling the New York City Marathon for the first time
58% men
42% women
1,108 runners who completed more than 15 New York City Marathons leading into race day
256 runners celebrating their birthday on marathon day
88 oldest runner
40.6 average age
18 youngest runner
34 miles the average TCS New York City Marathoner runs per week in training

132 countries represented
36,430 registered runners come from the U.S., the most represented country
2,790 registered runners hail from Italy, the most represented foreign country
2,511 registrants travel from France, the second most represented foreign country
1,794 registered runners come from the U.K
1,464 registrants from Germany, rounding out the top five countries

51 states and Washington, D.C. represented
18,175 registered runners live in New York, the most represented state
3,744 runners hail from New Jersey, the second most represented state
1,954 registrants travel from California, which comes in third among states
1,290 runners come from Massachusetts, in fourth
1,178 registered runners reside in Florida, rounding out the top five states

History, Records & Winners

1970 year of the first New York City Marathon, held entirely within Central Park
1976 year the marathon stormed city streets and all five boroughs for the first time
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)
20 years and 358 days age of 2016 champ, Eritrea’s Ghirmay Gebreslassie, the youngest male runner to ever win the New York City Marathon
9 New York City Marathon victories by Grete Waitz (1978–80, 1982–86, 1988), the most of any athlete
3 years in row 2016 champion Mary Keitany of Kenya has won the race
2 Americans on the podium in 2016–Molly Huddle and Abdi Abdirahman, who each placed third in the women’s and men’s competition

Human Power

$415 million in economic impact in 2014, according to AECOM economic analysts
1 million+ estimated spectators along the course
12,000 volunteers during race week, including 10,000 on race day
160 NYRR staff working year-round on the TCS New York City Marathon 2016 and other programs

The Start

155,000 paper cups
26,000 runners take the Staten Island Ferry to the start
915 buses transport runners to the start on Staten Island
35 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 Gatorade Prime packets
2,880 12-ounce Gatorade Thirst Quencher bottles
840 12-ounce Gatorade® Endurance Formula bottles
700 pounds of ground coffee (approximately 65,000 cups)

The Course

1.6 million paper cups
1,700,000+ participant photos captured by more than 150 official MarathonFoto photographers at 20 locations
61,770 gallons of Poland Spring Brand 100% Natural Spring Water
60,000 PowerGels at mile 18
32,040 gallons of Gatorade Endurance Formula
14,400 bananas provided by Chiquita between miles 20 and 23
1,952 portable toilets at more than 35 locations, including every mile
106 official clocks
60 pace leaders for the TCS New York City Marathon Pace Team Powered by TAG Heuer
53 ChronoTrack timing systems: at the start, every 5K, the 13.1-mile mark, every mile mark from 8 to 26, and the finish
37 live broadcast cameras


150+ bands and entertainment acts
36 years that the Bishop Loughlin High School band, “the original Marathon band,” has played at the race. They perform the theme from Rocky (“Gonna Fly Now”) all day near the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
15 Official Partner and Charity Entertainment and Cheer Zones
10 number of hours of continuous music along the course
5 average number of bands per mile (the most at any marathon)

The Finish

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
35,000 Marathon Finish Ponchos (for runners who don’t check a bag)

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 Vaseline
38 medical aid stations

Prizes & Awards

231 awards from Tiffany & Co
$803,000 total guaranteed prize purse, plus time bonuses
$100,000 each to the male and female runner champions
$25,000 each to the top male and female American runners
$15,000 each to the male and female wheelchair champions
$1,000,000 Abbott World Marathon Majors prize, to be split between the Series X male and female running champions
$100,000 Abbott World Marathon Majors prize, to be split between the Series X male and female wheelchair athlete champions


$200 million raised by charity runners over the past decade
$33.9 million raised by charity runners (2015)
$5.5 million raised by NYRR Team for Kids runners alone (2015)
8,700 charity runners (2015)
1,600 NYRR Team for Kids runners (2015)
340 official charity partners


1,125,900 pounds of material have been recycled and diverted from landfills since 2007
264,000 pounds of material recycled or donated at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon
125,100 pounds of clothing collected and donated to Goodwill Industries of New York and New Jersey, distributed and sold at Goodwill stores throughout the New York area in 2015
20,000 pounds of unused food from the 2015 race donated to City Harvest to help feed the nearly 2 million New Yorkers who face hunger each year

Karla’s Stats

11 year anniversary in 2016 of participating in the race as a runner, spectator, or worker
6 years working the marathon (2011-2016: 1 reporting, 2 broadcasting, 3 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!





11 2016