Runners from all over the world are competing in the TCS New York City Marathon. This is the 47th time this race has been run, and in the 1970 inaugural event there were 55 finishers. Last years race set the record with 51,394 finishes. This made the event the world’s largest marathon.
Meb Keflezighi will be running in a professional marathon for the final time as one of the greatest distance runners. Since his first marathon in New York City in 2002, he has placed in the top on eight occasions. The celebrities making an appearance include singer-songwriter Price Royce, supermodel Karlie Kloss, comic Kevin Hart and former New York Giant Tiki Barber.
The race is being broadcast nationally on ESPN2. For the attendees, a new virtual reality experience is available at the TCS NYC Marathon Pavilion. The fans will have the ability to experience the sounds and sights of the marathon. For more details on the marathon, please visit Your text to link…
The title sponsor for the marathon is Tata Consultancy Services for the fourth consecutive year. Previously an agreement for eight years was signed by the Dutch financial firm ING in 2013 for $100 million. The first marathon was in 1970 with an entry fee of $1. In 2011, Geoffrey Mutai set the record for the male runner course at 2:05:06. In 2003, Margaret Okayo set the women’s record at 2:22:31.
The Americans won seven women’s championships, fourteen men’s and nine women’s wheelchair. The only other country with more than ten championships was Kenya with 23. The percentage of runners outside the United States is 37 percent. The winners of the men’s and women’s races receive $100,00 in prize money, and $60,00 is paid to those in second place.
Dave Obelkevich has the record for the highest number of marathons completed at 74. The female record is held by Connie Lyke-Brown with 38. The marathon raised $36.1 for charities last year with over 9,000 runners, and this year 2.5 million spectators are expected.