Facts About The New York City Marathon
What do Katie Holmes, Al Roker, Caroline Wozniacki, Tiki Barber, Edward Norton, Pam Anderson, Alanis Morissette, Bobby Flay and Ryan Reynolds all have in common? At one time or another, they have all run the famous 42. 195 km. New York Marathon.
Granted, their times were far from the fastest time ever recorded for this event, an honor reserved for Geoffrey Mutai from Kenya with a record run time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds, the presence of these celebrities and athletes is one of the reasons why people flock to join or watch the marathon.
In 2014, there were 50,530 participants, a stunning number compared to the 127 participants on the first New York Marathon, which was held in 1970. The prizes on that first year were simple wristwatches, recycled basketballs, and trophies that looked very much like bowling trophies.
Of the 127 people who joined, there was only 1 female who dropped out after getting sick. Only 55 finished in a course that was limited to Central Park. In 1970, the entry fee was $1. Today, the fees range from $200 to over $300 with $700,00 in prize money and more than one-third of the participants coming in from around the world.
Poignant and Exhilarating Moments in the New York Marathon
Two of the most memorable moments in the history of NYC Marathon was in 1992 and 1994. In 1992, the founder of the New York Marathon, 60 year old Fred Lebow ran his last marathon while in remission from brain cancer. He died 2 years after and in 2001 was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame.
In 1994, another man enjoyed the spotlight for his participation in the event. He was German Silva, a Mexican runner who competed in international marathon events like the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1990 Central American and Caribbean Games.
During the 1994 New York event, he was neck-and-neck with another Mexican high profile runner, Benjamin Paredes who won first place in the 1990 Caribbean marathon. Unfortunately, Silva made the dramatic mistake of following a police car and going off course with only a half mile to the finish line. And yet Silva, also known as Wrong Way Silva, managed to backtrack, catch up with Paredes and win the race with a 2 second victory over Paredes!
The 2014 Winners
Last year, the men’s winner was Wilson Kiprotich from Kenya who was the bronze winner in the 2012 Summer Olympics for marathon. He used to hold the marathon world record with a time of 2:03:23 and has won in the Berlin and London Marathons.
The women’s title was won by Mary Keitany, also from Kenya. She also has quite a number of long distance achievements like silver medal in the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships, third fastest female runner in the 2012 London Marathon, and champion in the 2009 World Half Marathon. Keitany is also the current holder of the world record for women’s 10 mile, 20 km, and 25 km races.
The Spirit of the New York Marathon
Being the largest marathon run in the United States and one of the events under the World Marathon Majors, the New York Marathon has grown into a community-driven event where participants and supporters engage in uplifting a spirit of hope. Each person who joins the marathon has an agenda other than to finish. The run has become an event that reinforces renewal and sense of purpose.
People from around the world prepare for the event and work all year round to get in the best shape possible because being part of the marathon has become an honour. Not only does it promote fitness among the youth of New York City, it has become a beacon for those who seek some kind of affirmation or who dare to dream.
Now known as the TCS New York Marathon in recognition of its major sponsor, IT company, Tata Consultancy Services, the 2015 event will take place on November 1 which is the first Sunday of November and will start from the toll plaza on Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island and finish at Central Park, Tavern on the Green.
There will be 4 waves for starting time: 9:40am, 10:05am, 10;30am, and 10:55am. However, elite women will be given a separate starting time at 9:10am. Registration for entry started last January 15 and will end on midnight February 15. The 60 non-complimentary entries have been assigned as the deadline ended last December 18, 2014.
How To Qualify for the NYC Marathon
Participation in the New York Marathon is by lottery although members of the New York Road Runners (NYRR) club can qualify for guaranteed entry if they meet the qualifications or are nominated by the club. It is also possible to qualify for the nyc marathon by signing up with an accredited International Travel Partner (ITP) and joining their tour or by running for an accredited charity organisation. Other ways to get guaranteed entry are:
- By 9+1 and the 9+$1K if you live in or around New York
- Runners who signed up for the 2014 event but had to cancel
- If you have completed (finished) 15 or more NYC Marathons
- If you are sponsored, a VIP, or an elite runner
- If you qualify by time through specific NYRR races or accredited non NYRR events
The 2015 registration fee, not including the non-refundable processing fee of $11, are:
- For US residents – $255
- For NYRR members – $216
- For international runners – $347
When you sign up, you will be required to pay the processing fee. If you are selected to participate, then you will be required to pay the entry fee. Winners of the lottery will be announced on March 3. If you are selected, you have up to October 28 to cancel which will guarantee you a place in the 2016 race. When you receive your kit, you will be informed which starting time wave you belong to.
Nothing compares to being a part of the New York Marathon. It is a runner’s dream not just because it is the largest marathon in the world but also because the organisers, volunteers, and the city stop for one day to celebrate with the participants and to cheer them on as they pursue their individual goals for the event.
Put your name down
Sign up for the 2016 lottery using the following link: NYC Marathon Sign up