Record-Breaking Numbers At The 44th Running Of The TCS New York City Marathon

50,564 runners made history on November 2 as the world’s largest number of marathon finishers, surpassing 50,000 finishers for the second year in a row

Press Release
November 3, 2014

New York—More than 50,000 runners finished the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon for the second year in a row on Sunday, November 2—the biggest field ever at the event and the largest marathon in history, it was announced today by New York Road Runners President and CEO Mary Wittenberg.


The Field

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  • 50,869 starters
  • 50,564 finishers, as of Monday, November 3 (298 more finishers than in 2013)
  • 30,144 male finishers
  • 20,420 female finishers
  • 130 countries represented
  • 50 states and the District of Columbia represented
  • One-millionth finisher to cross the line in race history: Katherine Slingluff (Brooklyn, NY), 40, 4:43:36


  • Female open race winner: Mary Keitany (Kenya), 2:25:07
    • Last year’s champion Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) ran the same time
    • The top four women are all mothers
  • Male open race winner: Wilson Kipsang (Kenya), 2:10:59
  • Female wheelchair race winner: Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, MD), 1:42:16*
    • Second consecutive win
  • Male wheelchair race winner: Kurt Fearnley (Australia), 1:30:55*
    • First New York City Marathon win (fifth total) since four consecutive victories from 2006-2009 (course record in 2006)
  • First American female finisher: Desiree Linden (Washington Township, MI), fifth, 2:28:11
  • First American male finisher: Meb Keflezighi (San Diego, CA), fourth, 2:13:18

* Due to high winds, the race distance of the Professional Wheelchair Division was adjusted to 23.2 miles after the start line was moved to the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.


  • Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark), top-ranked tennis star and running as an Ambassador for NYRR’s charity running team, Team For Kids, to support NYRR’s free youth running programs, 3:26:33 (She has raised more than $83,000 as of November 3 for NYRR’s Team for
  • Teri Hatcher, Golden Globe Award winning actress and Desperate Housewives star, running for J/P HRO, 5:06:42
  • Tiki (Atiim) Barber, all-time rushing leader of the New York Giants and co-host of CBS Sports Radio’s morning show, running for the PitCCh In Foundation, 5:14:37

The NBA Relay

  • The NBA Relay, a 24-leg relay team led off by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and anchored by NBA Global Ambassador and New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets legend Dikembe Mutombo, ran the TCS New York City Marathon course with a relay comprised of students from NYRR’s free, year-round youth running programs
  • First relay in New York City Marathon history
  • Total Relay Time – 4:35:37

o   Greg Anthony – NBA TV analyst

o   Tiny Archibald – Bronx native and NBA legend

o   Mike Breen – NBA on ABC broadcaster and MSG Network Knicks announcer

o   Amy Brooks –NBA Executive Vice President, Team Marketing & Business Operations

o   Swin Cash – Three-time WNBA champion and Liberty forward

o   Jason Collins – Former Nets center

o   Darryl Dawkins – Nets legend

o   Bob Delaney – NBA Vice President, Referee Operations

o   Teresa Edwards – WNBA legend and Atlanta Dream assistant coach

o   Allan Houston – Knicks Assistant General Manager

o   Albert King – Brooklyn native and Nets legend

o   Bernard King – Brooklyn native and Knicks and Nets legend

o   Felipe Lopez – NBA Cares Ambassador and former St. John’s University star

o   Chris Mullin – Former St. John’s University star and Olympic gold medalist

o   Dikembe Mutombo – NBA Global Ambassador and Knicks and Nets legend (anchor-leg)

o   Charles Oakley – Knicks legend

o   Sam Perkins – Brooklyn native and NBA legend

o   Ruth Riley – Two-time WNBA champion

o   Adam Silver – NBA Commissioner (lead-off leg)

o   Katie Smith – Two-time WNBA champion

o   Steve Smith – NBA TV analyst

o   Tad Smith – Madison Square Garden President and Chief Executive Officer

o   Mark Tatum – NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer

o   Brett Yormark – Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO

Digital and Social Statistics

  • 4.1 million page views  of during  Race Week, over half of which were on Race Day (2.6 million)
  • More than 557 million social impressions related to the Marathon from Twitter and Instagram on race day
  • Over 9.4 million people reached on Facebook during race week, including more than 4.3 million people reached on Facebook during race-day

About the TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners and is the most popular and inclusive marathon in the world, attracting the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of recreational runners. The race began in 1970 with just 127 entrants racing four laps of Central Park. Today, approximately 50,000 runners from around the world tour New York City’s five boroughs. Millions of fans cheer the runners from the streets and watch the global television broadcast. The race is part of the World Marathon Majors, an alliance of the world’s six most important marathons that each year determines the world’s top male and top female marathoner. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the Premier Partner of NYRR and is the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. To learn more, visit

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