New York City Marathon
Learn more about New York City Marathon
The New York City Marathon is an annual marathon foot-race run over a 26.2 mile course through the five boroughs of New York City. The NYC Marathon is the largest marathon in the world, with 36,856 runners in 2005 and more than 90,000 applicants in 2006. Along with the Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathon, it is considered the pre-eminent long-distance annual running event in the United States.
The race is produced by the New York Road Runners and has been run every year since 1970. In recent years, it has also been sponsored by financial giant ING. It is held on the first Sunday of November and attracts professional competitors and amateurs from all over the world. 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 the NYRRC can also 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.
 The course
The course begins on Staten Island near the approach to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (time limit: 8 1/2 hours from the 10:10 a.m. start). The bridge, which normally carries only vehicular traffic, is closed for the event. In the opening minutes of the race, the bridge is filled with runners, creating a dramatic spectacle that is closely associated with the event.
The course winds through Brooklyn and Queens, crosses the East River on the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan. It then proceeds north on First Avenue, crosses briefly into the Bronx over the Harlem River before returning to Manhattan. It then proceeds south through Harlem and into Central Park and terminates near Tavern on the Green.
The top male finisher was Marílson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil in a time of 2:09:58, while Jeļena Prokopčuka of Latvia won the female marathon for the second consecutive time in a time of 2:25:05. Gomes de Santos becomes the first South American ever to win the race . Stephen Kiogora of Kenya placed second, and Paul Tergat, the 2005 defending champion, placed third. Retired professional road racing cyclist, Lance Armstrong competed in the 2006 race finishing 856th with a time of 2:59:36.
The top male finisher was Paul Tergat of Kenya in a time of 2:09:30, while Jeļena Prokopčuka of Latvia won the female marathon in a time of 2:24:41. Tops amongst the Americans were Meb Keflezighi of California (2:09:56) and Jen Rhines of California (2:37:07). South African Ernst Van Dyk took the wheelchair race in 1:31:11.
The top female finisher was Britain's Paula Radcliffe in a time of 2:23:10, beating Kenya's Susan Chepkemei by 4 seconds, the closest finish in the history of this race. The top male was Hendrik Ramaala of South Africa with a time of 2:09:28.
A record 34,729 people participated in the race.
The top male finisher was Martin Lel of Kenya in a time of 2:10:30. The top female finisher was Margaret Okayo of Kenya in time of 2:22:31, breaking her previous course record of 2:24:21 set in 2001. In recent years, runners from Kenya have dominated the event.
In a normally trivial mistake, runner Rosie Ruiz was accidentally given a finish time of 2:56:29. This qualified her for the 1980 Boston Marathon, where she crossed the finish line with a record time of 2:31:56. It was quickly determined that she had not run the entire course in either race, igniting the most well-known scandal in the history of modern distance running. New York Marathon chief Fred Lebow rescinded Ruiz' time after determining she had not finished the 1979 race, and officials in Boston quickly followed suit.
Scott Black, age 9, became the youngest runner to ever complete the Marathon, with a time of 4:24. The following year, the race's organizers changed the minimum age requirement to 18.
 See also
 External links
- New York City Marathon Site
- New York Road Runner site
- Official NYC Marathon Training site
- Internet Photo 2006 NYC Marathon Locator
- 2006 Results
- 2005 Results
- 2004 Results
- 2003 Results
- 2002 Results
- 2000 Resultsde:New York City Marathon