The New York City Marathon!
This Sunday over 40,000 runners will hit the road in New York City for the world's largest marathon. It's a national event as much as it is a sporting event, traveling through all five boroughs of NYC.
My own personal experience with the marathon came back in 2001 when, two months after 9/11, my wife ran in the race.
While the wounds from the attacks were still incredibly fresh, the mere fact that the race took place was a major victory.
This years race, 10-years later, has special meaning as well with members of Families of Flight 93 Runners participating!
New York City Marathon Facts
• 127: Number of runners who toed the line at the very first New York City Marathon, held in 1970. Only 55 actually finished.
• 9: New York City Marathon victories by Grete Waitz, a Norwegian track star who turned to the marathon at the suggestion of her husband -- and never looked back.
• 47,000: Number of participants projected to race in this Sunday's marathon.
• 38: Percent of those racers who are women.
• 84: Age of Joy Johnson, the oldest female entrant this year.
• 3,538: Number of entrants from Italy, the country with the most participants outside of the U.S. France and Germany rank second and third for foreign entries.
• 1,663: Number of attorneys entered in this year's race. Also in the top 10 of professions? Physicians (1,073 entries), good in case of injury along the course ...
• 8,000: Number of event volunteers during Sunday's race.
• 2.5 million: Expected spectators along the course.
• 74: Number of UPS trucks that will take participants' bags from the start in Staten Island to the finish in Manhattan's Central Park.
• 18,000: Cans of Coors Light ordered for the pre-marathon pasta dinner on Saturday night, which will host 15,000 runners and their families.
• 4,500: Pounds each of rigatoni pasta and elbow macaroni to be served at the pasta dinner.
• 17,000: Pounds of clothing discarded at the start line of the race and collected for local charities.
• 368: Number of portable toilets positioned throughout the course, at more than 35 locations including every mile.
• 62,370: Gallons of Poland Spring Natural Spring Water available to runners.
• 32,040: Gallons Gatorade G Series Pro Endurance Formula along the course.
• 2,300,000: Paper cups used during the race.
• 60,000: Number of PowerBar Gel packets for runners at mile 18.
• 130,000: Amount in dollars awarded to the male and female runner champion (amount increases to $200,000 if last year's winner wins again).
• 31: Amount in millions expected to be raised by all 210 2011 race charities combined.(Source)
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