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30 November 2020   |   Blog   |   

Things You Never Knew About the TCS New York City Marathon (1/5)

50 @ 50 for NYC – Part 1 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, 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 (1 – 10) 

1.The inaugural edition of the race, held in 1970, took place entirely in Manhattan, and consisted of runners completing four laps of Central Park.

2.That first race was also held on a very tight budget. The entire event cost just $1000 USD.

3.The highest elevation on the course comes when runners pass over the Verrazano- Narrows Bridge. Just 3/4 of a mile into the course, this long drag can trick even the most seasoned of runners. In New York, it is important to run a tactical race, and not use up your fresh legs in the first miles!

4. Grete Waitz of Norway won 9 New York City Marathon Titles between 1978 and ’88. She is the most decorated athlete in New York City Marathon history. She also won 2 London Marathon titles, and the Marathon World Championships in 1983. Waitz is the most decorated athlete of all time in terms of marathon majors.

5. The average finish time in 2019 was 4:38:00, with the average for men being 4:23:47, and for women 4:52:15.

6. The race route has changed a lot from its Central Park beginnings. It still ends in Central Park, but now sets out from Staten Island, before traversing all 5 New York City boroughs.

7. Over 2.5 million spectators line the streets, to cheer the runners on, on marathon day.

8. The New York Marathon features a unique finishers medal each year. You can see every single one, on display at the NYRR run centre, while you are in New York.

9. In Brooklyn, the marching band from Bishop Loughlin High School, play the Rocky Theme Tune ‘Gonna Fly Now’, all day long, to motivate runners. They continue until every single one has passed through.

10. The founder of the New York City Marathon was from Transylvania. Fred Lebow (born Fischl Lebowitz) fled from Romania, with his Jewish family, after surviving the Nazi occupation of the country. Lebow spent time in Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands and Ireland, before finally settling in the United States in the early 60’s. A statue of Fred can now be found in Central Park.

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