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New York City Marathon
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N59°42´57" E10°9´54"
Altitude: 853ft


Time until start of wave 1 of the New York City Marathon 2017:

The start
Me at 40km
Me at the finish


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I have been running the New York City Marathon 38 times, each year since my debut in 1978. That time it was 9,875 starters. Only 3 have run it more times in the history of the race. All 3 are from New York. 1 has run 41 times and 2 have run 39 times. On this page I give advice for other participants and runners who plan to run NYC Marathon for the first time. The page will gradually be expanded.

Here are some startistics from New York City Marathon 2016:

  • 51,999 started (30,285 men and 21,714 women).
  • 51,394 finished. That's an amazing 98,8%! (29,930 men and 21,464 women).
  • 28,548 US finishers (14,304 men and 14,244 women).
  • 22,846 finishers from other countries.
  • 339 Norwegian finishers (208 men and 131 women).
  • Finishers from all 50 US states. New York had the most with 13,304 finishers.
  • Finishers from 124 countries.
  • Italy had most finishers outside USA with 2,708
  • Oldest man finishing: 84.
  • Oldest woman finishing: 88.
  • The age group with the most finishers was 40-44 years with 8,610 finishers (5,188 men and 3,422 women).
  • These are the countries with most finishers in 2016:

















Good advice and important information for those who are running the New York City Marathon:

The first thing I include is a web page containing good advice to first-timers - and everybody else. The advice is based on my experience running 38 New York City Marathons. I have also included some very important information on the page. Here it is:

Click here for advice and important information for those who are running the New York City Marathon

An interesting story:

I have a lot of interesting stories from my runs in New York. I would like to share a story from 1978, my first run in New York. Then I met Grete Waitz in the starting area several hours before the start, and we talked a long time. I gave her all my best advice. But I was surprised when I met her again after the finish on my way back to the hotel. I asked her how she did, and the answer was "They say that I won and set a new world record!". I have a poster of Grete at home where she has written (in Norwegian): "To Runar: Thank you for all the good advice in 1978 in New York. Greetings, Grete Waitz".

The finishers medal in 2008 had a picture of Grete on the front (see below). On the back it says: "Grete Waitz, the greatest champion in New York City Marathon history". She won 9 times. In November 2011 Runner's World had a large article about Grete, especially about the race in 1978. It's written in a very interesting way. All along they interview people who knew her, and I tell about my meeting with her before and after the race. I recommend everybody to read that article. Click here to read a copy of the article!


I have also made 2 videos of the Marathon course. The newest was made 04/15/2016. This is a greatly improved version over my video from 2012. It is much more realistic. New in this version is also that I show running altitude information. Here I "fly" the corse in Google Earth. It gives a good feeling of the course and contains 3D-buildings that looks very realistic in parts of the course. In both the videos I have used real New York music. I have put the videos on Vimeo. Check that sound is turned on.

Here is the Google Earth video:

New York City Marathon Google Earth video from Runar B. Gundersen on Vimeo.


I have also made a version where I have used Google Street View. Here I have downloaded all the Street View pictures from Google Maps and put them together. It gives a very realistic video seen from street level. For Verrazano Narrows Bridge Street View pictures does not exist. Here I have inserted footage from my other video(see above).

Here is the Street View video:

New York City Marathon Google Earth video from Runar B. Gundersen on Vimeo.


I have also made MP4-versions. You can download them here. They play on both PC and mobile units, also on iPhone og iPad. And you don't have to be online after you have downloaded them. The quality is also much better. They play fine full screen on iPad.

You can download the Google Earth version by right clicking here and saving it on your PC

You can download the Street View version by right clicking here and saving it on your PC

Please give me feedback. You can also ask questions about the New York City Marathon. I have some experience after finishing 37 times!

Here is an animated video I just created. It shows a dialogue between a Marathoner and a non-runner. You can change the quality to HD and watch it full-screen (at the bottom of the video window):

Here are all my bibs and medals from 1978 to 2015. You can click on the pictures to see a larger picture

All medals
All bibs