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Record Number of Finishers at 43rd ING New York City Marathon
50,304 runners made history as the world’s largest number of marathon finishers

Record Number of Finishers at 43rd ING New York City Marathon

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By New York Road Runners
Posted Wednesday, 6 November, 2013

NEW YORK — More than 50,000 runners finished the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3—the biggest field ever at the event and the largest marathon in history, it was announced by New York Road Runners President and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

Highlights from the event across a number of areas follow:

The Field:

  • 50,740 starters
  • 50,304 finishers (largest marathon ever)
  • 109 countries represented
  • 50 states and the District of Columbia represented


  • Oldest female finisher: Joy Johnson (CA), 86, 7:57:41
  • Oldest male finisher: Colin Thorne (New Zealand), 89, 6:30:09
  • One millionth starter in race history: Julissa Sarabia (NY), 30, 5:19:47


  • Female open race winner: Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya), 2:25:07
  • Male open race winner: Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya), 2:08:24
  • Male wheelchair race winner: Marcel Hug (Switzerland), 1:40:14
  • Female wheelchair race winner: Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, MD), 1:59:13
  • First American male finisher: Ryan Vail (Portland, OR), 13th, 2:13:23
  • First American female finisher: Adriana Nelson (Boulder, CO), 13th, 2:35:05

World Marathon Majors:

  • Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia (second, 2:09:16) won the 2012?2013 World Marathon Majors title with 75 points and earned the $500,000 winner-take-all prize.
  • Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya (first, 2:25:07) won the 2012?2013 World Marathon Majors title with 75 points and earned the $500,000 winner-take-all prize.

Digital Statistics:

  • 4.1 million page views of during Race Week, over half of which were on Race Day (2.4 million)
  • More than 470 million social impressions related to the Marathon from Twitter and Instagram

About the ING New York City Marathon
The ING New York City Marathon is the most popular and inclusive marathon in the world, attracting the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of recreational runners. The race began in 1970 with just 127 entrants racing four laps of Central Park. Today, runners from around the world run through New York City’s five boroughs, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and finishing in Central Park. Participants include Olympians, top age-group competitors, and many thousands who run for charity and to achieve their own personal goals. An estimated two million spectators line the course, and the global broadcast reach is 330 million more. The race is a key part of the World Marathon Majors series, an alliance with the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW Berlin, and Bank of America Chicago marathons that offers a $1 million annual prize purse, split equally between the top male and the top female marathoner in the world. The ING New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners, the world’s foremost community running organization, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running.

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