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18 December 2020   |   Blog   |   

Things You Never Knew About the TCS New York City Marathon (4/5)

50 @ 50 for NYC – Part 4 of 5 

2021 will be a landmark year for the iconic New York City Marathon. Next year the race will be celebrating its 50th edition on the streets of New York. This landmark event will be the perfect festival of running; an ideal way to celebrate the return of the New York City Marathon. We expect it will be a party that only emulates the old adage ‘Only in New York’. 

Over the years, many weird, wonderful, and often awe-inspiring things have happened at the New York City Marathon. Doubtless the 50th edition will be no exception to that rule.

So, to get you in the mood for some incredible milestone moments, over the next few weeks we’re going to bring you 50 of our favourite fun facts for the New York Marathon 50th Edition!

TCS NYC Marathon 50 Facts @ 50 (31 – 40) 

31.The race always features the odd famous face. Some of the most familiar faces to take on the challenge are Alanis Morissette, Ed Norton, Pamela Anderson, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.

32. Only 1 woman took part in the 1970 NYC marathon. Sadly, she did not finish. Things have however improved significantly. Women now make up over 40% of the field at New York.

33. In 1971, the New York City Marathon had its first female winner. Her name was Beth Bonner. Her time of 2:55:22 is believed to be the first official sub 3-hour marathon performance by a woman.

34. 32,000 Gallons of Gatorade and 62,000 gallons of water are used to keep runners hydrated as they run.

35.Brooklyn is the flattest of the five boroughs. This makes the Brooklyn segment of the race the fastest for many runners.

36. Lebow, the founder of the New York Marathon, ran his final marathon in 1992. He ran at New York to celebrate his sixtieth birthday, despite having been diagnosed with cancer several months previously. His friend, and New York Marathon heroine, Grete Waitz ran every step of the race with him. They crossed the finish line in 5:32:35.

37. In 2019 NYC Marathon runners raised over $40 million for various charities.

38. The winner of the first NYC Marathon was Gary Muhrcke. The former New York firefighter almost didn’t race. He had been suffering with a leg injury and had just come off a night shift in Queens. “I only signed up 15 minutes before the race started.” Muhrcke claims. He took victory in 2:31:39 and is still a keen runner!

39. American rapper, Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy, or Diddy) raised over 2 million dollars for charity, when he raced in 2003. He finished in a very respectable 4:14:54.

40. In 1994, Mexican runner, and eventual winner German Silva, took a wrong turn in Central Park, less than a mile from the finish. As a result, he was briefly overtaken by compatriot Benjamín Paredes. However, he ran a 5:15 final mile to reclaim the lead and take the title. The feat earned him the epithet ‘Wrong Turn Silva’.

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