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By the numbers: New York City Marathon

The world's largest marathon will be held in New York City on Sunday. Here are some of the numbers behind the historic road race.

New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon

The world’s largest marathon is taking place on Sunday.

The TCS New York City Marathon, a point-to-point race that begins at Staten Island before finishing in Central Park in Manhattan, is expected to have upwards of 50,000 finishers on Sunday morning. Three notable Canadians, Rob Watson, Lanni Marchant and Marilyn Arsenault, are in the elite field.

Below are some of the numbers behind the New York City event. It’s believed that CBC Sports will be live streaming the event on race day.



1970: Year of the first New York City Marathon, with 127 starters, 55 finishers, and a $1.00 entry fee
1,107,717: Starters to date
1,074,382: Finishers to date


2:05:06: Male runner course record (Geoffrey Mutai, 2011)
2:22:31: Female runner course record (Margaret Okayo, 2003)
50,530: Finishers in 2014, the most ever in any marathon

2016 race

50,000: Expected finishers
1 million: Spectators along the course (estimate)
3: Canadian elites in the New York City Marathon field (Lanni Marchant, Marilyn Arsenault and Rob Watson)

Super cute cards from some NYC kids. This made me quite happy. I’m a lucky dude. #nycmarathon #nyrr #whyirunNYC

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915: Buses transporting runners to the start on Staten Island
26,000: Runners transported to the start on the Staten Island Ferry
60: Pace leaders for the TCS New York City Marathon
1,952: Portable toilets
40,800: PowerBars
52,000: Bananas
60,000: 8-ounce bottles of water
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)
155,000: Paper cups


50,000: Finisher medals
50,000: Heat sheets
35,000: Marathon finish ponchos
50,000: Finisher recovery bags

Recycling Efforts

264,000: Pounds of material that was recycled at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon
125,100: 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 at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon
20,000: Pounds of unused food that was donated from the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon
1,125,900: Pounds of material has been recycled and diverted from landfills at the New York City Marathon since 2007

Elite start list

Stay tuned for more Canadian Running coverage from the New York City Marathon in the days leading up to the event as well as on race day.

All numbers are from the TCS New York City Marathon media guide.