New York City Marathon is the world’s largest and most popular marathon, also known as a 26.2-mile block. Held every year at the First Sunday of November, the NYC Marathon attracts tens of thousands of athletes (and many more cheering spectators), who start on Staten Island, run through all five boroughs and finish in Central Park.
NYC Marathon Race week
The actual race day, on Sunday November 2014, is accompanied by a week of health and fitness events including the TCS New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Hall 3E, Eleventh Avenue at West 35th Street on the preceding weekend; the traditional Opening Ceremony parade featuring the athletes and followed by fireworks on Friday 5:30 PM in Central Park and more.
NYC Marathon History
The first NYC Marathon held in 1970 in Central Park, with only 127 participants, including only one woman who did not arrive to the finish line. The 55 athletes who finished the marathon won simple wristwatches and recycled baseball and bowling trophies. Today, each of the marathon champions receive $100,000.
Six years later in 1976, NYC Marathon left Central Park and took over the five bridges that connect New York City five boroughs. By then, the number of participants grew to a couple of thousands.
The marathon continued to grow every year. In 2001, two months after the 9/11 attacks, over 20,000 athletes finished the race, and a national record was broken when the American Bronze medalist Deena Kastor (then Deena Drossin) ran 2:26:58 on her debut marathon.
In 2013, the NYC Marathon broke another record with over 50,000 finishers.
Run the City Deals
If thinking about running 26.2 miles makes you hungry, you will be happy to learn about worthwhile deals available during race week at many local businesses in all five boroughs – from restaurants and bakeries to fitness clubs and Broadway theatres. See full list of participating business on NYRR Run the City Deals.
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