with more than 50,000 runners expected to participate in this year’s event. The race attracts top professional runners from around the world as well as casual runners looking to complete their first marathon.
The New York City Marathon is organized by the New York Road Runners Club (NYRR)
A not-for-profit organization that promotes running and fitness through a variety of programs and events for both professional and amateur athletes.
The NYRR was founded in 1958 by a group of runners who wanted to bring the sport of running to the people of New York City. Today, the NYRR has more than 60,000 members and hosts more than 150 running events each year, including the world-famous New York City Marathon.
The race began in 1970 with just 127 runners and has grown exponentially since then. In 2014, there were over 50,000 finishers for the first time in history. The current men’s course record holder is Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, with a time of 2:05:06 set in 2011. The women’s course record holder is Mary Keitany of Kenya, with a time of 2:22:48 set in 2014.
The race begins on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and runs through all five boroughs before finishing in Central Park. The course is largely spectator-friendly, with over two million spectators lining the route in 2016.
Chebet, who also won the Boston Marathon this year, finished in 2:08:41, while his countrywoman Lokedi won in 2:23:23. A field of some 50,000 amateurs was following behind.
The temperature in Central Park was 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius) at 11 a.m., shortly before the elite runners crossed the finish line. The previous November record, as measured at the time the first runner finished, was 70 degrees on Nov. 14, 1993, according to New York Road Runners, which organizes the marathon.