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18 December 2020   |   Blog   |   

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

50 @ 50 for NYC – Part 5 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, here’s our final installment of our favourite fun facts for the New York Marathon 50th Edition!

TCS NYC Marathon 50 Facts @ 50 (41 – 50) 

41. The current course record is 2:05:06, set by Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai in 2011.

42. The current women’s record for the course is 2:22:31, set by Kenyan Margaret Okayo in 2003.

43. The marathon is the most followed in the world. It has more people tracking online than any other, and over 300 million spectators watching on TV!

44. The New York City Marathon has NO OFFICIAL CUT OFF TIME. As such, it is a firm favourite for first time marathoners.

45. In 2001, the New York City Marathon was held just 9 weeks after the attack on the Twin Towers. Clifford Chanin described that year’s marathon as; “the most powerful moment of collective solidarity”. The 2001 New York City Marathon adopted the phrase, ‘United We Run’.

46. Almost 15,000 bananas are used to help runners through the final few miles of their marathon (offered at miles 20 and 23).

47. Currently the best Irish performances at the New York City Marathon were set by Mark Carroll, who finished sixth in a time of 2:10:54 in 2002, and Sinead Diver, the native of Belmullet in Mayo, who now runs for Australia who finished in 2:26:23 to place fifth last year. 42 at the time of her achievement, Diver only took up running at 33 and works full time as a software developer.

48. In 1986, Vietnam veteran, and endurance sports hero, Bob Wieland completed the NYC Marathon in 98 hours (over a period of 4 days). A double amputee, this feat made him the first person to complete a marathon by walking on his hands.

49. Tiffany and Co., the famous New York jewellers, make the trophies for the male and female overall winners of the marathon race.

50. In 2019, runners came from 141 countries to run in New York. Ireland was well represented though, with 473 athletes representing our nation!

“I have decided to try do the 6 majors

I just want to say a thank you for my recent trip to do the NYC marathon. Thank you for all the help provided. It was a magnificent trip. Having run overseas and, seeing how good it is, I have decided to try do the 6 majors.”

Have you had a life changing experience on a Sports Travel Tour?  Do you have an only in New York story from, the New York City Marathon? Let us know in the comments below!

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