Largest New York Marathon

Posted: November 3, 2007 in New York Marathon

Marathons dont come bigger than New York marathon tomorrow.  Drawing more than 90,000 applicants.

The 26.2 mile course runs through all five boroughs of New York City. It is the largest marathon race in the world, with an amazing 37,866 finishers in 2006.

Because of the popularity of the race, participation is limited to 37,000 entrants chosen largely by a lottery system, with preference given to previous participants. Runners who are members of New York Road Runners can gain entry by meeting the qualifications for guaranteed entry or via nomination from an official running club. Officially recognized running clubs are allowed two guaranteed spots for members who did not make it in via lottery.

From a humble  127 competitors in 1970, who ran severall loops around central park,  Only about one-hundred spectators watched Gary Muhrcke win the race in 2:31:38. In fact, a total of only 55 runners crossed the finish line.

Over the years, the marathon participation has grown large, larger and now 37,000.

Tomorrows winner will excel in the media capital of the world before two million cheering spectators and 315 million worldwide television viewers. Whether you will be one of the 2 million  spectators in the streets of New York or 315 million views around the world, Have Fun!

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