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TCS New York City Marathon

TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and historically has 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 citywide 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 neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, before ending in Manhattan at the iconic Central Park finish line.

This year, the TCS New York City Marathon will celebrate its 50th running on November 7. 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.  

Inaugural running: 1977

Largest field: 53,639 finishers (2019)  

Recent participation:

Years Finishers (Men/Women) 
2019 53,639 (30,893/22,746)
2018 52,813 (30,659/22,154) 
2017 50,773 (29,682/21,091)  

Estimated number of spectators: 1 million+ (2019)

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 men’s and women’s 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 men’s and women’s champions)

Organisation information:

Kerin Hempel: CEO TCS New York City Marathon and
Ted Metellus:
Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon 
Media contacts:;; @nyrrnews
Upcoming event dates: 7 November 2021