TCS New York City Marathon

World’s largest marathon and one of the world’s great road races, the TCS New York City Marathon is the the premier event of New York Road Runners, draws more than 100,000 applicants annually. The race is part of the World Marathon Majors series of Big-5 marathons, the others being London, Chicago, Boston and Berlin. With the exception of 2012, has been run every year since 1970. The 2014 New York City Marathon had 50,564 finishers, making it the largest marathon ever.

The race attracts many world-class professional athletes, and is broadcast around the world to an estimated 315 million worldwide television viewers. The New York City Marathon is the brainchild of  Fred Lebow, who transformed this race from one with 55 finishers in 1970 to one of the largest marathons in the world.

Race Date
Nov 5, 2017
Race Location
New York City, New York, USA
Event Type
Start Times

Professional Women: 9:10 a.m.
Professional Men and Others: 9:40 a.m.

No. Runners
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Race Registration

Entry fees for U.S. Residents (those who live in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia) NYRR Members: US $216 and Non-Members:US $255. And for Non-U.S. Residents (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories) is $347. To participate you can register on the official website of TCS New York City Marathon.

Registration for the race opened January 15 and closed on February 15. The drawing for non-guaranteed applicants will be held March 3.

Runners who do not have guaranteed entry can enter through lottery, but the chances of getting in through that route are relatively low. 14,326 number of applicants entries will be accepted from a total of 80,080 lottery entrants. Last year, about 9,250 runners gained entry from a pool of 77,087 lottery applicants. Last year, 9,170 of the 77,087 lottery applicants were granted a spot in the race, a rate of just under 12 percent.

Course / Route Map

The race goes through all the five New York boroughs, run from Staten Island through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx to Manhattan. It crosses five bridges, and finishes at Tavern on the Green in world-famous Central Park. View the full course details here.

Bridges on the route:

  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
  • Bay Ridge
  • Pulaski Bridge
  • Queensboro Bridge
  • Willis Avenue Bridge
  • Madison Avenue Bridge

More than 130 bands and entertainment zones along the course will motivate and entertain runners and spectators alike.

Race Profile / Elevation Map

The Run has a total ascent of 167.0 m and has a maximum elevation of 68.0 m.

Time Limits & Cutoffs
  • The time limit for this course is 8½ hours.
  • Your timing device for the ING New York City Marathon is the ChronoTrack B-tag, which is attached to your race number (bib).
Course Records

Men: Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 2:05:06 (2011)
Women: Margaret Okayo (KEN) 2:22:31 (2003)

Prize Money & Awards

The total prize money is more than $800,000. Age group awards will also be given.

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
  • All finishers will be given finisher medals and HeatSheet™ presented by United Airlines and Foot Locker.
  • Finisher certificates will be available in digital and print versions through MarathonFoto. Details on downloading and ordering your certificate will be available the week after the race.
Water Stops & Refreshments
  • Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water will be available at the start and at official fluid stations every mile beginning at mile 3.
  • Gatorade® G Endurance Formula™ will be available at official fluid stations every mile beginning at mile 3 except at mile 17.
  • At the PowerGel Energy Zone at mile 18, assorted PowerGels (Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry-Banana, Pomegranate Açai, Double Latte, Orange Dream) will help you hurdle “the wall” and energize you to the finish.
  • Fruit will be available at the fluid stations at miles 20–23.
Expected Race Day Weather

Average temperatures from past New York City Marathons:

  • Average high: 62°F/17°C
  • Average low: 47°F/8°C
  • Mean average: 55°F/13°C
Additional Race Info

World Records at New York City Marathon

The New York City Marathon route is not the most conducive for fast times, and has seen just a few marathon world records.


  • 1981 – Alberto Salazar (USA) 2:08:13

  • 1978 – Grete Waitz (Norway) 2:32:30

New York City Marathon – world’s largest marathon, this is one run you will not want to miss (if you can make it through the lottery).

9 thoughts on “TCS New York City Marathon


I run the 2005 Chicago marathon, 1/2 marathon in 2007. Unfurtunaly I was just diagnose with breast cancer; yesterday I run 5 miles and realize that the word “cancer” is not stronger than me therefore I’m going to train for a reason New York in November sounds great, 26.1 miles is nothing!!! and cancer will know that I am stronger than him.

Luis Garcia

I am a retired Army First Sergeant Combat Veteran. I ran and finished the Honolulu Marathon in 2005 (in Hololulu) and again in Iraq on 2006 while deployed at war. I am currently 42 years old and would like to make this run for my wife and 4 kids.

Clyde Torgerson

I am a retired US Navy Chief of 25.6 years as an air traffic controller and 20 years as a physical fitness instructor. I will be turning 65 June 27th 2012 and have tried to register for your run on several occasions with no luck I am the Commander of our VFW post here in Cordova Alaska, and my fellow veterans have been pushing for me to run not only the NY but also the Boston, (I have yet to check with them). I also want to run for my family 4 children and 8 grand.

I have run over 300 full marathons and more than I can count half and 10k s. I ran my first in Bermudas first marathon in 1976, I also ran the 10k the day before, I finished both, ran in Ca. Az, Ak. Fl. NY. Japan, and many ultra marathons in Fl .AK. and CA. If I am out of line I’m sorry but I do wish to run your run and don’t know how else to go about it. My troops are wanting this in such a way that they have offered to pay for all. Thank you for your consideration in this mater and whatever assistance you can provide. Run to Live Clyde

I also carried the Olympic Torch in 1984.

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