The Growth of the New York City Marathon

Craig Bonn enjoys leading a healthy, active lifestyle. To this end, he participates in SoulCycle and runs marathons.

Fred Lebow and Vince Chiappetta organized the first New York City Marathon in 1970. Held entirely in Central Park, the event drew just 127 participants, of which 126 were male. Only 55 men finished the first marathon, which had a total budget of $1,000 and carried a $1 entry fee. Six years later, the marathon expanded its route to include all five of the city’s boroughs and, showing a growth in popularity, welcomed more than 2,000 participants.

Nearly five decades after the first event, the New York City Marathon has evolved into one of the most prominent races of its kind in the world. The 2016 marathon saw 51,388 individuals cross the finish line, the most in the event’s history. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea emerged as the marathon’s youngest male winner, while Mary Keitany of Kenya finished first among women for the third consecutive year. The next New York City Marathon has been scheduled for November 5, 2017.