The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the largest marathon in the world. Over 1 million people have finished the race since its first running in 1970 with just 127 entrants and 55 finishers running four laps around Central Park. The race expanded to all five boroughs in 1976 and just celebrated its 40th year as a five-borough affair.

Participants from approximately 125 countries tour the city, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan.

Held annually on the first Sunday of November, the race features over 50,000 runners including the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. Participants from approximately 125 countries tour the city, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan.

Kathrine Switzer at the first New York City Marathon in 1974

More than one million spectators and thousands of volunteers line the city streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the television broadcast in 175 countries and territories.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 47th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 5, 2017.

Inaugural running

1970

  • RECENT PARTICIPATION
    YEAR FINISHERS MALE FEMALE
    2006 37,866 25,546 12,320
    2007 38,607 29,072 12,535
    2008 38,096 25,216 12,880
    2009 43,660 28,485 15,175
    2010 45,103 28,948 16,155
    2011 47,340 30,068 17,272
    2012 0 0 0
    2013 50,266 30,699 19,567
    2014 50,530 30,108 20,422
    2015 49,595 28,899 20,696
    2016 51,388 29,931 21,457

Course records

Men 2:05:06 (Geoffrey Mutai, KEN, 2011)
Women 2:22:31 (Margaret Okayo, KEN, 2003)
Men's Wheelchair 1:29:22 (Kurt Fearnley, AUS, 2006)
Women's Wheelchair 1:43:04 (Tatyana McFadden, USA, 2015)

Prize purse

US$803,000 (US$100,000 for male & female open division champions; US$15,000 for male & female wheelchair division champions)

Wheelchair prize purse: US$103,000 (US$515,500 for male & female champions)

USA Division

US$58,000 (US$25,000 for top U.S. male & female open finishers)

Largest field

51,388 finishers (2016)

Estimated spectators

1 million+

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