By the Numbers: 2018 TCS New York City Marathon Becomes World’s Largest Marathon

November 06, 2018 at 5:00am

New York, November 6, 2017—There were a total of 52,812 finishers at the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4, making it the largest marathon in the world.

Below are some highlights and statistical information from the 2018 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.

         53,121 starters

         52,812 finishers

         30,669 male finishers

         22,143 female finishers

         129 countries represented

         50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico represented

         1,229,354 total New York City Marathon finishers all-time (48 total, 1970-2018)


  • Male open race winner: Lelisa Desisa, 28, ETH, 2:05:59
    • Men’s podium Lelisa Desisa, Shura Kitata, and Geoffrey Kamworor ran the second, third, and fourth-fastest performances in race history (2:05:59, 2:06:01, 2:06:26)
    • Four American men finished in the top 10, tied for the most since 1982 (Jared Ward – 6th, Scott Fauble – 7th, Shadrack Biwott – 9th, Chris Derrick – 10th)
  • Female open race winner: Mary Keitany, 36, KEN, 2:22:48
    • Keitany won her fourth TCS New York City Marathon in five years, recording the second fastest time in history in the women’s open division
    • Three American women finished in the top six for the first time since 1978, and four American women finished in the top seven (Shalane Flanagan – 3rd, Molly Huddle – 4th, Des Linden – 6th, Allie Kieffer – 7th)
  • Male wheelchair race winner: Daniel Romanchuk, 20, USA, 1:36:21
    • Romanchuk was first-ever American and youngest athlete ever to win the men’s wheelchair division
    • Romanchuk was first to cross 20K mark, earning eight bonus points on the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XII leaderboard
  • Female wheelchair race winner: Manuela Schär, 33, SUI, 1:50:27
    • Schär’s second consecutive TCS New York City Marathon victory and third consecutive Abbott World Marathon Majors race victory (Berlin, Chicago)
    • Tatyana McFadden was first to cross 20K mark, earning eight bonus points on the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XII leaderboard
  • Top American finishers:
    • Men’s Open Division: Jared Ward, 2:12:24, 6th place overall
    • Women’s Open Division: Shalane Flanagan, 2:26:22, 3rd place overall
    • Men’s Wheelchair Division: Daniel Romanchuk, 1:36:21, 1st place overall
    • Women’s Wheelchair Division: Tatyana McFadden, 1:50:48, 2nd place overall
  • Winners of the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon (1.3 miles):
    • Nolan Defreitas, 17, New York, NY, 6:38
    • Juliette Salazar, 12, New York, NY, 7:21

Celebrities and Notable Personalities

·         Nev Schulman, 2:58:54, Host/producer of MTV’s Catfish

·         Daniel Humm, 3:10:13, World-renowned award-winning chef

·         Meb Keflezighi, 3:10:34, Olympian and New York City Marathon champion

·         Vito Schnabel, 3:14:19, Art curator

·         Annie Hart, 3:16:31, Olympic skier

·         Amelie Mauresmo, 3:27:33, Tennis player

·         Nick Youngquest, 3:29:09, Former professional rugby player and model

·         Brian d’Arcy James, 3:31:26, Actor/Broadway star

·         Dan Churchill, 3:32:58, Celebrity chef

·         Sarah Hendershot, 3:43:13, Olympic rower

·         Michael Chernow, 3:46:28, Co-founder of The Meatball Shop/Seamore’s

·         Yasir Salem, 3:53:37, Competitive eater

·         Kersti Kaljulaid, 4:02:40, President of Estonia

·         Megalyn Echikunwoke, 4:22:21, Actress

·         Tiki Barber, 4:44:47, Former NFL star

·         Mitchell Silver, 4:49:50, NYC Parks Commissioner

·         Ruby Aldridge, 4:50:13, Cover and runway model

·         Erin Hamlin, 4:52:52, Olympic luge medalist

·         Genesis Suero, 4:56:02, Miss New York USA

·         Chase Carter, 5:01:17, SI Swimsuit Model

·         Teri Hatcher, 5:51:21, Actress

Digital and Social Statistics

  • The #TCSNYCMarathon was a trending topic on both Twitter and Facebook throughout the entire day;
    • 433,540 mobile app downloads as of 11/4/2018, a 30 percent increase from last year

Race-day Weather

Start: 50 degrees, 48% humidity, wind 8 mph

Finish: 52 degrees, 43% humidity, wind 4 mph

About the TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world and the signature event of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the world’s premier community running organization. The race is held annually on the first Sunday of November and includes over 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to runners of all ages and abilities, including over 9,000 charity runners. Participants from approximately 140 countries tour the diverse neighborhoods of New York City’s five boroughs—Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Race morning also features the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon, a race within Central Park that finishes at the same finish line being crossed hours later by the marathon field. More than one million spectators and 10,000 volunteers line the city’s streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the globally televised broadcast. 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 49th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 3, 2019. To learn more, visit

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