Last year’s New York City Marathon set the previous record for the largest field in history with a total of 50,266 finishers. That 2013 total eclipsed the previous record — from New York in 2011 — by more than 3,000 after the 2012 race was cancelled in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Only 305 of the 50,869 runners who started on Staten Island did not make it to the finish line in Central Park. Compared to other marathons, New York City has a high finish rate.
New York also hit another milestone during Sunday’s race when its one-millionth finisher crossed crossed the line. Katherine Slingluff of Brooklyn completed her race in 4:43:36.
Here is a look at the largest fields ever at each of the five most popular marathons in the world.
- New York City: 50,564 (11/2/2014)
- Chicago: 40,802 (10/12/2014)
- Paris: 38,690 (4/07/2013)
- London: 36,672 (4/22/2012)
- Boston: 35,868 (4/15/1996)
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source: ESPN by Brian Dalek