- The first New York City Marathon was held in 1970.
- The course of the marathon stretches 26.2 miles, passing through the streets of NYC's five boroughs: Staten
Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan.
- The event includes over 12,000 volunteers, countless city employees, more than two million spectators lining the course, and tens of millions
more television viewers around the globe.
- The marathon attracts many world-class professional athletes, who compete for more than $600,000 in prize money and get a chance for
unprecedented exposure in the media capital of the world.
- Both male and female winners receive a prize of $100,000 each
- In 2012, the event was cancelled by Mayor Bloomberg because of the devastation to the region resulting from Hurricane Sandy.
- The 2013 marathon had 50,740 starters and 50,266 finishers, making it the world's largest marathon ever.
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