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TCS New York City Marathon

About the TCS New York City Marathon

Overview

The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and has historically been the largest marathon in the world. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational and charity runners.

The race began in 1970 with just 127 entrants running four laps around Central Park and expanded to the whole city in 1976. Each year, runners tour New York City’s five boroughs, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and running through the neighbourhoods of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan at the iconic Central Park finish line.

The race will be back to full capacity in 2022 after a reduced field size in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. 

Key stats

  • Inaugural running: 1977
  • Largest field: 53,639 finishers (2019)
  • Estimated number of spectators: 1 million+


Recent participation

Year Finishers (Men/Women/Non-binary)
2021 25,020 (13,634/11,370/16)
2019 53,639 (30,893/22,746)
2018 52,813 (30,659/22,154) 
2017 50,773 (29,682/21,091)   


Course records

  • Men: 2:05:06 (Geoffrey Mutai, KEN, 2011)
  • Women: 2:22:31 (Margaret Okayo, KEN, 2003)


Most victories

  • Men: 4 (Bill Rodgers, USA)      
  • Women: 9 (Grete Waitz, NOR)
  • Runner prize purse: US$855,000 (US$100,000 for male and female open division champions; US$25,000 for wheelchair division champions)


Wheelchair course records

  • Men: 1:29:22 (Kurt Fearnley, AUS, 2006)
  • Women: 1:43:04 (Tatyana McFadden, USA, 2015)


Most wheelchair victories

  • Men: 5 (Kurt Fearnley, AUS)
  • Women: 5 (Edith Wolf Hunkeler, SUI; Tatyana McFadden, USA)
  • Wheelchair prize purse: US$103,000 (US$25,000 for male and female champions)


Organisation information