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50,766 Runners Cross the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon Finish Line on Sunday, November 5

November 07, 2017 at 5:00am

New York, November 7, 2017—There were a total of 50,766 finishers at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5, making it the largest marathon in the world this year, it was announced today by New York Road Runners.

Below are some highlights and statistical information from the 2017 race.

The Field

Note: All finisher numbers and results are unofficial pending race results review. Final official results will be released later this month. This data is based on registration information provided by individual runners.

  • 51,307 starters
  • 50,766 finishers
  • 29,678 male finishers
  • 21,088 female finishers
  • 139 countries represented
  • 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico represented
  • Oldest male runner: Manfred Ritter, 82, Liechtenstein, 5:25:27
  • Oldest female runner: Ginette Bedard, 84, New York, 6:12:53
  • 1,176,542 total New York City Marathon finishers all-time (47 total, 1970-2017)


  • Male open race winner: Geoffrey Kamworor, 24, KEN, 2:10:53
    • It marked his first marathon win after seven attempts
    • Six countries represented in men’s top-10 finishers, tied for most diverse Abbott World Marathon Majors race of 2017
  • Female open race winner: Shalane Flanagan, 36, USA, 2:26:53
  • First American women’s winner in the open division since 1977
  • Second-fastest performance ever by an American woman in New York in the open division (Kara Goucher)
  • Three American women ran under 2:30:00, the most in race history (Shalane Flanagan, Allie Kieffer, Kellyn Taylor)
  • Six countries represented in women's top-10 finishers, the most diverse Abbott World Marathon Majors race of 2017
  • Male wheelchair race winner: Marcel Hug, 31, SUI, 1:37:21
  • Second consecutive and third overall victory in New York
  • Female wheelchair race winner: Manuela Schar, 32, SUI, 1:48:09
    • First TCS New York City Marathon victory after finishing as runner up the last three years
    • First time ever the pro wheelchair division winners have both been from the same country – a Swiss sweep
  • Top American finishers:
    • Men’s Open Division: Abdi Abdirahman, 2:12:48, 7th place overall
    • Women’s Open Division: Shalane Flanagan, 2:26:53, 1st place overall
    • Men’s Wheelchair Division: Brian Siemann, 1:44:18, 12th place overall
    • Women’s Wheelchair Division: Tatyana McFadden, 1:51:02, 2nd place overall
  • American marathon legend Meb Keflezighi raced the 26th and final marathon of his professional athlete career:
    • Wearing bib No. 11, he raced his 11th New York City Marathon, finishing in 11th place in 2:15:29
  • Winners of the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon (1.66 miles):
    • Nolan DeFreitas, 16, Peekskill, NY, 8:17
    • Rainn Sheppard, 11, Brooklyn, NY, 9:02

Celebrities and Notable Personalities

  • Daniel Humm, 3:12:10, Chef and restauranteur, seven-time James Beard Foundation Awardee, recipient of three Michelin Stars, and owner of the recently reopened No. 1 restaurant in the world (Eleven Madison Park)
  • Kevin Hart, 4:05:06: American actor, comedian, writer and producer
  • Tiki Barber, 4:38:15: All-time rushing leader for the New York Giants, co-host of Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Radio, and founder & chairman of Thuzio, Inc.
  • Prince Royce, 4:39:30: Multiple award-winning singer, songwriter and co-star of the Fox live musical broadcast of “The Passion”
  • Yasir Salem, 4:41:33: Competitive eating ultra-endurance athlete, ranked No. 12 in the world by Major League Eating, 8-time Tour de Donut champion and six-time Nathan’s famous hot dog eating contest finalist
  • Karlie Kloss, 4:41:49: American fashion model and entrepreneur, former Victoria Secret model
  • Kathrine Switzer, 4:48:21: Pioneer marathon runner, author, TV commentator, known for becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry
  • Sam Ryan, 4:49:51, MLB Network sportscaster
  • Richard Blais, 5:15:16: Chef, television, personality, restaurateur and author
  • Candice Huffine, 5:43:03: Fashion model, designer and body activist
  • Carole Radziwill, 6:42:06: Best-selling author, award-winning journalist and star of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City”

Grand Marshals

  • Five New York City students, one from each of New York City’s five boroughs, served as the 2017 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. The Grand Marshals are all participants in Rising New York Road Runners, a free youth fitness program launched by New York Road Runners at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Digital and Social Statistics

  • There were more than 1 billion impressions on social media accounts during race week Monday, October 30 to Monday, November 6), which is a 38 percent increase from last year. This includes 22 million impressions on Facebook, 687 million on Twitter and 295 million on Instagram during race week.
  • 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
  • 329,305 mobile app downloads as of 11/5/2017, a 4% increase from last year

Race-day Weather

Start: 57 degrees, 81% humidity, wind 6 mph

Finish: 56 degrees, 90% humidity, wind E 7 mph

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. 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 started on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and rand through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan. The Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon took place 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 10,000 volunteers lined the city streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the television broadcast. 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 48th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 4, 2018. To learn more, visit www.tcsnycmarathon.org.

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