Did You Know? NYC Marathon by the Numbers

Did You Know?

3,358: Finishers from Italy,
the country outside the U.S.
with the most finishers:

3,213:Finishers from Britain,
second to Italy
Total countries represented
Total finishers from the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT)
Time of the oldest female finisher, Yolande Marois, age 83
Time of the oldest male finisher, Peter Harangozo, age 87
Volunteers that assisted with ING New York City Marathon operations
Percentage of male finishers
Percentage of female finishers
Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit at the start of wave one
Page views of the ING New York City Marathon website on race day
Total funds raised by New York Road Runners Foundation Team for Kids
Overall weight in tons of recycled material at start, including cardboard
and plastic
Overall weight in tons of recycled material at finish, including
cardboard and plastic

Breaking Down the Numbers

This year‰Ûªs
ING New York City Marathon had 38,832 starters and 38,096 finishers.
Nearly 105,000 people applied to run the ING New York City Marathon 2008.

The Champions

It was a day for
repeat champions on November 2, with Paula Radcliffe winning her third
ING New York City Marathon title in 2:23:56 and Marilson Gomes dos Santos outlasting
Abderrahim Goumri in the final mile to claim his second ING New York City
Marathon crown in 2:08:43.

Kara Goucher set an American debut record of 2:25:53, surpassing Deena
Kastor‰Ûªs mark of 2:26;58, set in 2001 at the New York City
Marathon. She also became the third-fastest American woman ever behind
Kastor (2:19:36) and Joan Benoit Samuelson (2:21:21). Goucher is the
first American woman to reach the podium in New York since Anne Marie Letko in

Female wheelchair winner Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland finished in
2:06:42, capturing her fourth ING New York City Marathon title. Male
wheelchair defending champion Kurt Fearnley of Australia finished in 1:44:50
to claim his third consecutive crown.

New York Road Runners awarded $814,300 in prize money and time bonuses
this year, up from $809,300 awarded last year. Radcliffe and Gomes dos Santos each earned

World Marathon Majors

Irina Mikitenko of Germany was voted the winner of the World
Marathon Majors (WMM) series for 2007-08 over Gete Wami of Ethiopia.
The two athletes were tied at 65 points and equally matched in
head-to-head races (1-1); a vote by the five race directors broke the tie
and awarded Mikitenko her first WMM title.

Martin Lel of Kenya,
the ING New York City Marathon 2007 champion, won the 2007-08 World
Marathon Majors series with 76 points. Lel had planned to compete in New York, but he broke his foot at the RTP Portugal
Half-Marathon in Lisbon
on September 28.

Record-Setting Field

Ginette Bedard, 75,
from Howard Beach, NY, set a pending U.S. age-group record at the
ING New York City Marathon 2008 with a time of 4:08:31. The previous
(un-aided) record was 4:38:12 by Helen Klein, 79, of Rancho Cordova, CA,
set in 2002 at the Oklahoma City Marathon.

Paula Radcliffe’s 2:23:56 ING New York City Marathon winning time is the
fastest women’s marathon recorded in North America
in 2008. It is also the ninth-fastest time in the world this year.

Marilson Gomes dos Santos’s winning time in New York is the
fourth-fastest marathon in North America this year behind Evans Cheruiyot
(2:06:25) and David Kipkorir Mandago (2:07:37) in Chicago and Robert
Cheruiyot (2:07:46) in Boston.

This year‰Ûªs race featured the strongest American men‰Ûªs field
in recent history, with Abdi Abdirahman (sixth), Josh Rohatinsky
(seventh), Jason Lehmkuhle (eighth) and Bolota Asmerom (10th) finishing
in the top 10. The last time four or more American men placed in the top
10 in New York
was in 1982.

The 40th
running of the ING New York City Marathon
will be held on November 1, 2009.

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