Interesting Notes And Stats On The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

49,617 finishers crossed the iconic TCS New York City Marathon finish line on Sunday, November 1

Press Release
November 4, 2015

New York—49,617 runners finished the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 1, making it the world’s largest marathon of the year, it was announced today by Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.


The Field

Note: All finisher numbers and results are unofficial pending race results review. Official results will be released later this month.

  • 50,235 starters
  • 49,617 finishers
  • 28,914 male finishers
  • 20,703 female finishers, highest in event history
  • 125 countries represented
  • 50 states and the District of Columbia represented
  • Oldest male runner: Richard Gonzalez, 83, Lousiana, 6:54:51
  • Oldest female runner: Agnes Roest-Bomers, 84, Netherlands, 5:40:23


  • Female open race winner: Mary Keitany, 33, KEN, 2:24:25
    • First repeat champion since Paula Radcliffe (2007, 2008)
    • Eighth woman to win multiple New York City Marathon titles
    • 13th fastest performance in event history
  • Male open race winner: Stanley Biwott, 29, KEN, 2:10:34
    • First TCS New York City Marathon victory, and Abbott World Marathon Majors race win
  • Female wheelchair race winner: Tatyana McFadden, 26, USA, 1:43:04 (event record)
    • Shattered the event record by 7:20
    • Third consecutive New York City Marathon victory, and fourth New York City Marathon title
    • Captured her third straight Marathon Grand Slam (winning the London, Boston, Chicago, and New York City Marathon titles in the same calendar year)
  • Male wheelchair race winner: Ernst Van Dyk, 42, RSA, 1:30:54
    • Second-fastest time in event history
    • Second New York City Marathon victory, and first New York City Marathon victory since 2005
  • First American male finisher: Meb Keflezighi, 40, San Diego, CA, 2:13:32 (Seventh)
    • Fastest New York City Marathon Masters (40+) performance in history
    • U.S. Masters (40+) marathon record
  • First American female finisher: Laura Thweatt, 26, Boulder, CO, 2:28:23 (Seventh)
    • Seventh-fastest American woman New York City Marathon performance in history
  • Winners of the first-ever NYRR Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon (1.8-miles):
    • Matthew Nieves, 16, New York, NY,  9:42
    • Julianne Yotov, 12, Brooklyn, NY, 11:16

Additional Professional Athlete Statistics

  • In her marathon debut, Beverly Ramos broke the Puerto Rican national record (2:41:56)
  • Finishing fifth, Christelle Daunay set the French masters record with her 2:26:57 performance
  • With their 2015 TCS New York City Marathon victories, Tatyana McFadden and Ernst Van Dyk both won theChicago-New York Challenge and earned $10,000 each

Celebrities and Notable Personalities

  • Alicia Keys, 5:50:52: Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress; ran on behalf of Keep A Child Alive, an official charity partner of the TCS New York City Marathon
  • Ethan Hawke, 4:25:30: Academy Award nominated actor, writer, and director; ran on behalf of The Doe Fund
  • James Blake, 3:51:19: Retired professional tennis player; ran on behalf of his foundation, the James Blake Foundation, an official charity partner of the TCS New York City Marathon
  • Additional notable personalities who ran the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon include:
    • New York Giants legend and radio personality Tiki (Atiim) Barber, 4:50:56
    • Actress Katrina Bowden Jorgensen, 4:19:39
    • Chef Daniel Humm, 3:35:30
    • Professional snowboarder Chris Klug, 4:13:51
    • Soprano for the Metropolitan Opera Susanna Phillips, 5:01:31
      • Susanna sang the national anthem at the start of the TCS New York City Marathon
    • Chef and restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson, 3:36:42
    • Producer, actor, photographer Nev Schulman, 3:34:31
    • NYRR President and CEO Michael Capiraso, 3:54:05

Grand Marshal

  • Spike Lee, the New York University tenured film professor, writer-director, actor, producer, author, and iconic New York City figure, served as the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon Grand Marshal, first Grand Marshal from New York City and third in event history; he rode in the Grand Marshal Vehicle with the TCS New York City Marathon Race Director, Peter Ciaccia and held the men’s finish line tape

Digital and Social Statistics

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  • Nearly 26 million impressions on Facebook during race week (Monday, October 26 to Monday, November 2), including more than 6.5 million impressions during race-day and more than 9.7 million impressions during Marathon Monday
  • Top tracked runners via TCS New York City Marathon Live Results (Note: Alicia Keys ran under a different last name):
  1. Ethan Hawke
  2. Alana Hadley
  3. Meb Keflezighi
  • From 12:06 to 12:07 p.m. ET on race day, there was a peak of 290 tweets per minute using the hashtag #tcsnycmarathon
  • 268,567 mobile app downloads as of 11/1/2015
  • #TCSNYCMarathon Journey Video platform,, was built for marathoners, fans, and volunteers to create race-day recap videos to share socially, this is a first by any brand outside of Facebook itself

o   5,000+ signed up to participate

o   1,065 videos created so far

Race-day Weather

Start (Wave One): 60 degrees, 62% humidity, wind 7 mph.

Finish: 62 degrees, 60% humidity, wind 6 mph.

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