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9 December 2020   |   Blog   |   

Things You Never Knew About the TCS New York Marathon (3/5)

50 @ 50 for NYC – Part 3 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 (21 – 30) 

21. Of the 127 starters of the inaugural New York City Marathon, only 55 finished.

22. In the wheelchair division, the men’s course record is held by Australian racing legend, and 5 time New York Marathon winner Kurt Fearnley, in a time of 1:29:22. The women’s record is held by American racer Tatyana McFadden, who has also won 5 titles. Her record time is 1:43:04.

23. The race makes up one of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. The other 5 are London, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin, and Boston.

24.The last American man to win was, Eritrean born, Meb Keflezighi. He ran a time of 2:09:15 to become the first American victor since 1982. In 2014 he also became the most recent American winner of the Boston Marathon. The first in over 30 years, with the last home win coming in 1983.

25. In 2017, famous comedian Kevin Hart ran the NYC Marathon. However, another man, also called Kevin Hart, who had his listed hometown as Hollywood FL, became the most tracked runner in marathon history, as a result of mistaken identity.

26. NYC Marathon founder Fred Lebow was a keen tennis player. He had never intended on founding a marathon. In fact he had started running to improve his tennis endurance. As is often the case, he quickly got hooked on the sport.

27. On average, runners training for the New York Marathon run 34 miles per week, to prepare for the race.

28. Irish marathon runner and former firefighter Vince Regan, who founded the Sports Tours International group first ran the New York Marathon way back in 1980. He finished in a time of 2:51:39. That years race was won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:41.

29. Tiffany and Co., the famous New York jewellers, make the trophies for the male and female overall winners of the marathon race.

30. The New York Marathon can be truly life changing. In 1993 a wedding ceremony was held, between 2 runners, at mile 8.

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Have you had a life changing experience on a Sports Travel Tour?  Do you have an only in New York story from, the New York City Marathon? Let us know in the comments below!

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