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2016 TCS New York City Marathon is World’s Largest Marathon Ever

November 09, 2016

A record 51,388 finishers crossed the iconic TCS New York City Marathon finish line on Sunday, November 6

New York, November 9, 2016—There were a record 51,388 finishers at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6, making it the largest marathon in the world in history, it was announced today by New York Road Runners. The previous mark for the world’s largest marathon was the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon with 50,530 finishers.

Below are some highlights and statistical information from the 2016 race.

The Field
Note: All finisher numbers and results are unofficial pending race results review. Final official results will be released later this month.

• 51,995 starters
• 51,388 finishers
• 29,931 male finishers
• 21,457 female finishers
• 124 countries represented
• 50 states and the District of Columbia represented
• Oldest male runner: Richard Gonzalez, 84, Louisiana, 7:18:47 (second year as oldest male finisher)
• Oldest female runner: Bertha McGruder, 88, New York, 7:30:15

• Male open race winner: Ghirmay Ghebreslassie 20, ERI, 2:07:51
      - At 20 years, 358 days, was the youngest male runner to have ever won the New York City Marathon
      - Winning time was fastest marathon on American soil in 2016

• Female open race winner: Mary Keitany, 34, KEN, 2:24:26
     - Third consecutive victory; first to win three straight titles since Grete Waitz won five straight from 1982-1986
     - 10th New York City Marathon victory for a Kenyan woman

• Male wheelchair race winner: Marcel Hug, 30, SUI, 1:35:49
     - Won the race by sixth hundredths of a second over Australia’s Kurt Fearnley
     - Was his sixth consecutive win in an Abbott World Marathon Majors scored race, which is unprecedented for a male wheelchair athlete

• Female wheelchair race winner: Tatyana McFadden, 27, USA, 1:47:43
     - Fourth consecutive and fifth overall New York City Marathon victory; now tied with Edith Hunkeler and Kurt Fearnley for most wins by a wheelchair athlete
     - Has now won Boston, London, Chicago and New York City Marathons each of the last four years

• First American male finisher: Abdi Abdirahman, 39, Tucson, AZ, 2:11:23 (Third)
     - Highest finish by an American man since Meb Keflezighi won the race in 2009
     - Five American men finished in the top 10, the most since 2009
     - His time was the fourth best marathon performance by an American man in 2016

• First American female finisher: Molly Huddle, 32, Providence, RI, 2:28:13 (Third)
     - Highest finish by an American woman since Shalane Flanagan was second in 2010
     - Her time was the third best marathon performance by an American woman in 2016

• Winners of the NYRR Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon (1.8-miles):
    - Darius Gordan, 17, Bronx, NY, 10:17
    - Rainn Shepard, 10, New York, NY, 11:05

Celebrities and Notable Personalities
• Sean Astin, 6:02:33: Actor who is best known for his roles in “The Goonies,” “Rudy,” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy
• Marion Bartoli, 5:40:04: 2013 Wimbledon Singles Champion and former top-ten player who ran in support of NYRR’s Team for Kids charity, raising over $5,000 for NYRR’s free youth running programs
• Cynthia Erivo, 3:57:07: 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical for The Color Purple; she also sang the national anthem at the start line
• Raúl González Blanco, 3:26:05: Spanish soccer legend who played for Real Madrid
• Jax, 5:17:37: American Idol finalist who ran her first marathon after overcoming thyroid cancer and raised money for the charity group Tuesday’s Children, an organization that supports youth impacted by terrorism.
• Nev Schulman, 3:21:58: Host and executive producer of the hit MTV series, CATFISH: THE TV SHOW; ran on behalf of New York City Ballet, Inc.

• Additional notable personalities who ran the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon include:
    - Professional football player and radio personality Tiki Barber, 4:28:26                                                                    
    - Restaurateur Joe Bastianich, 4:08:25
    - Chef Richard Blais, 4:47:16
    - NYRR President and CEO Michael Capiraso, 3:54:31
    - Chef Elizabeth Faulkner, 5:40:01
    - Personal Trainer Jeannette Jenkins, 4:32:57
    - Media Personality Andy Katz, 5:10:25
    - Actor Duane McLaughlin, 4:30:43
    - Chef George Mendes, 4:19:27
    - Artist Alexander Mijares, 4:13:59
    - Actor Eric Millegan, 5:32:29
    - Actor Lee Pace, 4:44:02
    - Sportscaster Sam Ryan, 4:51:53
    - DJ Tigerlilly, 4:41:24

Grand Marshals
• The 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team served as the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Grand Marshals, riding in the Grand Marshal Vehicle with the TCS New York City Marathon Race Director, Peter Ciaccia and taking part in race-week festivities and the live broadcast.

Digital and Social Statistics
• More than 18 million impressions on Facebook, 556 million on Twitter and 148 on Instagram during race week (Monday, October 31 to Monday, November 8). This year saw an incredibly large increase in engagement on Instagram.

• Top tracked runners via TCS New York City Marathon Live Results
1. Gwen Jorgensen
2. Molly Huddle
3. Raul Gonzaelz
4. Marion Bartoli
5. Dathan Ritzenhein

• The #TCSNYCMarathon was a trending topic on both Twitter and Facebook throughout the entire day; Snapchat had a reporter at the finish and in the mixed zone to capture live content

• 316,283 mobile app downloads as of 11/6/2016

Race-day Weather
Start (Wave One): 58 degrees, 48% humidity, wind NW 15mph.
Finish: 57 degrees, 39% humidity, wind NW 7mph.

TCS New York City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo
Thursday, November 3 – Saturday, November 5 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
• 129,000 visitors

About the TCS New York City Marathon
The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the largest marathon in the world. Over 1,000,000 people have finished the race since its first running in 1970 with just 127 entrants and 55 finishers running four laps around Central Park. The race expanded to all five boroughs in 1976 and just celebrated its 40th year as a five-borough affair. Held annually on the first Sunday of November, the race features over 50,000 runners including the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. Participants from over 125 countries tour the city, 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. The NYRR Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon covered 1.8 miles of the race course in Central Park, beginning near mile 24 and finishing at the famed TCS New York City Marathon finish line. More than one million spectators and thousands of volunteers line the city streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the television broadcast in 175 countries and territories, including viewers in the New York area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, nationally on ESPN2, and via various international broadcast partners. The race is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowns the top professional male and female marathoners each year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 47th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 5, 2017. To learn more, visit

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