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ING New York City Marathon 2013
Photograph: Filip WolakNew York City Marathon

17 things you should know about the New York City Marathon

By
Jillian Anthony
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The New York City Marathon is almost here! Whether you’re watching your friends and cheering on strangers or running the race yourself, check out some interesting tidbits on the 26.2-mile race, now in its 40th year here in NYC.

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4 hours, 38 minutes and 27 seconds
Average runner’s finish time

8 hours, 28 minutes and 24 seconds
Last runner’s finish time in 2015

2 hrs, 24 mins and 25 secs
The 2015 winning time by Mary Keitany of Kenya, who also won in 2014 and is defending her title again this year

2 hrs, 10 min & 34 sec
The 2015 winning time by Stanley Biwott of Kenya

$100,000
Prize to the female and male winner

98.6%
Percentage of starters who finish the race

50,530
Finishers in 2014, the most of any marathon ever

3 hrs, 16 mins and 30 secs
Time it would take a rat to complete a marathon

1-million–plus
Number of spectators

12
Number of 2016 Olympians running this year

150+
Live bands along the course

132
Countries represented

50,530
Finishers in 2014, the most of any marathon ever

1,074,382
Number of people who’ve run the NYC Marathon

84
Age of oldest runner in 2015

$33.9 million
Amount raised for charity last year

256
Number of runners racing on their birthday

The New York City Marathon takes place Sun 6 at 9:20am

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