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9 December 2020   |   Blog   |   

Things You Never Knew About the TCS New York Marathon (2/5)

50 @ 50 for NYC – Part 2 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’. 

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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 (11 – 20) 

11.The entry fee for runners, at the first edition of the race, back in 1970, was just $1.

12.Only 127 runners took on the challenge, most of whom knew each other by name.

13.Now, the NYC Marathon is the World’s biggest. It accounts for around 10% of all marathon finishes in the USA, and had a staggering 53,638 finishers in 2019.

14.Perhaps proof that things get better with age, the average age of runners in the NYC marathon is rising. As of the last New York Marathon (2019), the average age of participants is over 40 (40.6).

15.Rescued Chilean miner, Edison Pena, finished the 2010 NYC Marathon in 5 hrs 40 mins. This was a matter of weeks after spending 2 months confined underground.

16.Over 50,000 lbs of discarded clothing (dumped by runners in the first few miles) is donated after the race.

17.The last time an American won the NYC Marathon was in 2017. Irish – American runner Shalane Flanagan managed to finish 1 minute ahead of firm favourite, and four-time New York Marathon Champion, Mary Keitany, in a time of 2:26:53.

18. 36 UPS trucks are used to transport runners gear to the finish, where they will find it waiting for them after their race.

19. In 1977, 8-year-old Wesley Paul of Columbia became the youngest ever finisher of the NYC marathon, finishing in a time of 3:00:37. The minimum age has subsequently been raised to 18.

20. There is, however, no maximum age on the race. In 2019, the oldest runner in the field was 89-year-old Rosalie Ames of the USA.

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