List of winners of the New York City Marathon

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The New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world.

The New York City Marathon, one of the six World Marathon Majors, is a 26.2-mile (42.2 km) race which has been held in New York City since 1970. It is the largest marathon in the world; since 2013, every race except one has had over 50,000 finishers.[1][2] From 1970 through 1975, the race was held entirely in Central Park, but since 1976, the course has started in Staten Island and goes through each of the city's five boroughs.[3] The race was canceled in 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York less than a week before the race had been scheduled to take place.[4] The race was also cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the city.[5] In total, 35 men and 30 women have won the open division of the New York City Marathon, while nine men and seven women have won the wheelchair division. The winners have represented 22 different countries: Americans have won the marathon the most, doing so on 32 occasions; Kenyans have won 26 times; and Norwegians 10 times.[6][7][8]

Gary Muhrcke won the first race in a time of 2:31:38. There were 127 entrants, of whom 55 finished – the only female starter, Nina Kuscsik, withdrew partway due to illness. The following year, Beth Bonner became the first female finisher, winning the race in 2:55:22:[9] a time that is officially credited as the first sub-3-hour marathon by a woman.[10] Grete Waitz, a Norwegian female runner, achieved three official world records at the race between 1978 and 1980.[11] Allison Roe and Alberto Salazar set world record times in the women's and men's races in 1981, but a later investigation found that the course was short, and their times do not stand as official world records,[12] though the New York City Marathon maintains them as course records.[13] Waitz dominated the women's marathon between 1978 and 1989, winning nine of the eleven races during that period: her nine wins are the most of any runner at the New York City Marathon. In the men's race, Bill Rodgers has won the most times, doing so in four consecutive years, from 1976 to 1979.[14] The current course records are held by Geoffrey Mutai, who set a time of 2:05:06 in the 2011 men's race, and Margaret Okayo, who set the women's record at 2:22:31 in 2003.[13]

A wheelchair race has been held since 2000, when 72 people finished: Kamel Ayari won the men's race, and Anh Nguyen Thi Xuan won the women's.[15][16] Among the wheelchair racers, Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland and Tatyana McFadden of the United States have the most victories, with five each. McFadden also holds the women's course record with a time of 1:43:04 set in 2015, while Kurt Fearnley of Australia holds the men's record with 1:29:22 set in 2006.[17]

Winners[edit]

Men's open division[edit]

A photo of Bill Rodgers.
Bill Rodgers won the race four times.
A photo of Rodgers Rop in running clothes
Rodgers Rop won the 2002 New York City Marathon.
A photo of Marílson Gomes dos Santos wearing a yellow top and cap
Marílson Gomes dos Santos, who won won the 2006 and 2008 New York City Marathons, is the first and only Brazilian to win the race.
A photo of Geoffrey Mutai running in a road race
Geoffrey Mutai won the 2011 New York City Marathon, and holds the current course record.
  Current course record
  Course record
  Short course
Winners: Men's open division[6][7]
Year Winner Country Time Notes
1970 Gary Muhrcke  United States 2:31:38 Course record
1971 Norman Higgins  United States 2:22:54 Course record
1972 Sheldon Karlin  United States 2:27:52
1973 Tom Fleming  United States 2:21:54 Course record
1974 Norbert Sander  United States 2:26:30
1975 Tom Fleming  United States 2:19:27 Course record, second victory
1976 Bill Rodgers  United States 2:10:10 Course record
1977 Bill Rodgers  United States 2:11:28 Second victory
1978 Bill Rodgers  United States 2:12:12 Third victory
1979 Bill Rodgers  United States 2:11:42 Fourth victory
1980 Alberto Salazar  United States 2:09:41 Course record
1981 Alberto Salazar  United States 2:08:13 Course record (course measured short), second victory
1982 Alberto Salazar  United States 2:09:29 Third victory
1983 Rod Dixon  New Zealand 2:08:59
1984 Orlando Pizzolato  Italy 2:14:53
1985 Orlando Pizzolato  Italy 2:11:34 Second victory
1986 Gianni Poli  Italy 2:11:06
1987 Ibrahim Hussein  Kenya 2:11:01
1988 Steve Jones  United Kingdom 2:08:20
1989 Juma Ikangaa  Tanzania 2:08:01 Course record
1990 Douglas Wakiihuri  Kenya 2:12:39
1991 Salvador García  Mexico 2:09:28
1992 Willie Mtolo  South Africa 2:09:29
1993 Andrés Espinosa  Mexico 2:10:04
1994 Germán Silva  Mexico 2:11:21
1995 Germán Silva  Mexico 2:11:00 Second victory
1996 Giacomo Leone  Italy 2:09:54
1997 John Kagwe  Kenya 2:08:12
1998 John Kagwe  Kenya 2:08:45 Second victory
1999 Joseph Chebet  Kenya 2:09:14
2000 Abdelkader El Mouaziz  Morocco 2:10:09
2001 Tesfaye Jifar  Ethiopia 2:07:43 Course record
2002 Rodgers Rop  Kenya 2:08:07
2003 Martin Lel  Kenya 2:10:30
2004 Hendrick Ramaala  South Africa 2:09:28
2005 Paul Tergat  Kenya 2:09:30
2006 Marílson Gomes dos Santos  Brazil 2:09:58
2007 Martin Lel  Kenya 2:09:04 Second victory
2008 Marílson Gomes dos Santos  Brazil 2:08:43 Second victory
2009 Meb Keflezighi  United States 2:09:15
2010 Gebregziabher Gebremariam  Ethiopia 2:08:14
2011 Geoffrey Mutai  Kenya 2:05:06 Current course record
2012 Canceled due to Hurricane Sandy
2013 Geoffrey Mutai  Kenya 2:08:24 Second victory
2014 Wilson Kipsang  Kenya 2:10:59
2015 Stanley Biwott  Kenya 2:10:34
2016 Ghirmay Ghebreslassie  Eritrea 2:07:51
2017 Geoffrey Kamworor  Kenya 2:10:53
2018 Lelisa Desisa  Ethiopia 2:05:59
2019 Geoffrey Kamworor  Kenya 2:08:13 Second victory
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[5]

Women's open division[edit]

A photo of Paula Radcliffe running on a New York street
Paula Radcliffe won the 2004, 2007 and 2008 New York City Marathons.
A photo of Jelena Prokopcuka running in a road race
Jeļena Prokopčuka, who won the 2005 and 2006 New York City Marathons, was the first and only Latvian runner to win in either division.
  World record
  Current course record
  Course record
  Short course
Winners: Women's open division[6][8]
Year Winner Country Time Notes
1970 No female finishers.
1971 Beth Bonner  United States 2:55:22 World record
1972 Nina Kuscsik  United States 3:08:41
1973 Nina Kuscsik  United States 2:57:07 Second victory
1974 Kathrine Switzer  United States 3:07:29
1975 Kim Merritt  United States 2:46:14 Course record
1976 Miki Gorman  United States 2:39:11 Course record
1977 Miki Gorman  United States 2:43:10 Second victory
1978 Grete Waitz  Norway 2:32:30 World record
1979 Grete Waitz  Norway 2:27:33 World record, second victory
1980 Grete Waitz  Norway 2:25:42 World record, third victory
1981 Allison Roe  New Zealand 2:25:29 Course record (course measured short)
1982 Grete Waitz  Norway 2:27:14 Fourth victory
1983 Grete Waitz  Norway 2:27:00 Fifth victory
1984 Grete Waitz  Norway 2:29:30 Sixth victory
1985 Grete Waitz  Norway 2:28:34 Seventh victory
1986 Grete Waitz  Norway 2:28:06 Eighth victory
1987 Priscilla Welch  United Kingdom 2:30:17
1988 Grete Waitz  Norway 2:28:07 Ninth victory
1989 Ingrid Kristiansen  Norway 2:25:30
1990 Wanda Panfil  Poland 2:30:45
1991 Liz McColgan  United Kingdom 2:27:32
1992 Lisa Ondieki  Australia 2:24:40 Course record
1993 Uta Pippig  Germany 2:26:24
1994 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 2:27:37
1995 Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 2:28:06 Second victory
1996 Anuța Cătună  Romania 2:28:18
1997 Franziska Rochat-Moser   Switzerland 2:28:43
1998 Franca Fiacconi  Italy 2:25:17
1999 Adriana Fernández  Mexico 2:25:06
2000 Lyudmila Petrova  Russia 2:25:45
2001 Margaret Okayo  Kenya 2:24:21 Course record
2002 Joyce Chepchumba  Kenya 2:25:56
2003 Margaret Okayo  Kenya 2:22:31 Current course record, second victory
2004 Paula Radcliffe  United Kingdom 2:23:10
2005 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 2:24:41
2006 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 2:25:05 Second victory
2007 Paula Radcliffe  United Kingdom 2:23:09 Second victory
2008 Paula Radcliffe  United Kingdom 2:23:56 Third victory
2009 Derartu Tulu  Ethiopia 2:28:52
2010 Edna Kiplagat  Kenya 2:28:20
2011 Firehiwot Dado  Ethiopia 2:23:15
2012 Canceled due to Hurricane Sandy
2013 Priscah Jeptoo  Kenya 2:25:07
2014 Mary Keitany  Kenya 2:25:07
2015 Mary Keitany  Kenya 2:24:25 Second victory
2016 Mary Keitany  Kenya 2:24:26 Third victory
2017 Shalane Flanagan  United States 2:26:53
2018 Mary Keitany  Kenya 2:22:48 Fourth victory
2019 Joyciline Jepkosgei  Kenya 2:22:38
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[5]

Men's wheelchair division[edit]

A photo of Kurt Fearnley, in a wheelchair, racing on a track
Kurt Fearnley won the race four times in a row from 2006 to 2009, and holds the current course record.
A photo of Masazumi Soejima, in a wheelchair, racing on the road
Masazumi Soejima won the race in 2011.
  Current course record
  Course record
  Short course
Winners: Men's wheelchair division[17][18]
Year Winner Country Time Notes
2000 Kamel Ayari Tunisia Tunisia 1:53:50
2001 Saúl Mendoza Mexico Mexico 1:39:29 Course record
2002 Krige Schabort South Africa South Africa 1:38:27 Course record
2003 Krige Schabort South Africa South Africa 1:32:19 Course record, second victory
2004 Saúl Mendoza Mexico Mexico 1:33:16 Second victory
2005 Ernst van Dyk South Africa South Africa 1:31:11 Course record
2006 Kurt Fearnley Australia Australia 1:29:22 Course record
2007 Kurt Fearnley Australia Australia 1:33:58 Second victory
2008 Kurt Fearnley Australia Australia 1:44:51 Third victory
2009 Kurt Fearnley Australia Australia 1:35:58 Fourth victory
2010 David Weir United Kingdom United Kingdom 1:37:29
2011 Masazumi Soejima Japan Japan 1:31:41
2012 Canceled due to Hurricane Sandy
2013 Marcel Hug Switzerland Switzerland 1:40:14
2014 Kurt Fearnley Australia Australia 1:30:55 Fifth victory, shortened 23.2 mile course[a]
2015 Ernst van Dyk South Africa South Africa 1:30:54 Second victory
2016 Marcel Hug Switzerland Switzerland 1:35:44 Second victory
2017 Marcel Hug Switzerland Switzerland 1:37:17 Third victory
2018 Daniel Romanchuk United States United States 1:36:21
2019 Daniel Romanchuk United States United States 1:37:24 Second victory
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[5]

Women's wheelchair division[edit]

A photo of Edith Hunkeler in her wheelchair during a race
Edith Hunkeler has won the women's wheelchair race five times, more than any other athlete.
A photo of Tatyana McFadden, in her wheelchair during a road race
Tatyana McFadden, who won the race four times, holds the current course record.
  Current course record
  Course record
  Short course
Winners: Women's wheelchair division[17][19]
Year Winner Country Time Notes
2000 Anh Nguyen Thi Xuan Vietnam Vietnam 2:46:47 Course record
2001 Francesca Porcellato Italy Italy 2:08:51 Course record
2002 Cheri Blauwet United States United States 2:14:39
2003 Cheri Blauwet United States United States 1:59:30 Course record, second victory
2004 Edith Hunkeler Switzerland Switzerland 1:53:27 Course record
2005 Edith Hunkeler Switzerland Switzerland 1:54:52 Second victory
2006 Amanda McGrory United States United States 1:54:19
2007 Edith Hunkeler Switzerland Switzerland 1:52:38 Course record, third victory
2008 Edith Hunkeler Switzerland Switzerland 2:06:42 Fourth victory
2009 Edith Hunkeler Switzerland Switzerland 1:58:15 Fifth victory
2010 Tatyana McFadden United States United States 2:02:22
2011 Amanda McGrory United States United States 1:50:25 Course record
2012 Canceled due to Hurricane Sandy
2013 Tatyana McFadden United States United States 1:59:13 Second victory
2014 Tatyana McFadden United States United States 1:42:16 Third victory, 23.2 mile course[a]
2015 Tatyana McFadden United States United States 1:43:04 Course record, fourth victory
2016 Tatyana McFadden United States United States 1:47:43 Fifth victory
2017 Manuela Schär Switzerland Switzerland 1:48:09
2018 Manuela Schär Switzerland Switzerland 1:50:27 Second victory
2019 Manuela Schär Switzerland Switzerland 1:44:20 Third victory
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[5]

Victories by nationality[edit]

Country Open division Wheelchair division Total
Men's Women's Men's Women's
 United States 14 7 2 9 32
 Kenya 15 11 0 0 26
 Norway 0 10 0 0 10
  Switzerland 0 1 3 6 10
 Mexico 4 1 2 0 7
 United Kingdom 1 5 1 0 7
 Australia 0 1 5 0 6
 Italy 4 1 0 1 6
 South Africa 2 0 4 0 6
 Ethiopia 2 2 0 0 4
 Brazil 2 0 0 0 2
 Latvia 0 2 0 0 2
 New Zealand 1 1 0 0 2
 Eritrea 1 0 0 0 1
 Germany 0 1 0 0 1
 Morocco 1 0 0 0 1
 Poland 0 1 0 0 1
 Romania 0 1 0 0 1
 Russia 0 1 0 0 1
 Tanzania 1 0 0 0 1
 Tunisia 0 0 1 0 1
 Vietnam 0 0 0 1 1

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Due to strong winds in 2014, the wheelchair race start was moved to after the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, reducing the race distance to 23.2 miles.[13]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "By the Numbers: 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Becomes World's Largest Marathon". Running USA. November 5, 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  2. ^ 2019 Media Guide, p. 108.
  3. ^ Juva, Theresa; Monico, Nicolle (October 29, 2018). "The Making of Today's Iconic 5-Borough NYC Marathon". Podium Runner. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "Hurricane Sandy: New York Marathon cancelled as city recovers". The Independent. November 3, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e "2020 TCS New York City Marathon Cancellation: Runner Resolution Options". TCS New York City Marathon. New York Road Runners. June 24, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c 2019 Media Guide, pp. 103–104, 113.
  7. ^ a b "TCS New York City Marathon 2019: Finishers". New York Road Runners. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "TCS New York City Marathon 2019: Finishers". New York Road Runners. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  9. ^ 2019 Media Guide, p. 122.
  10. ^ Menzies-Pike 2016, p. 195.
  11. ^ Robinson, Roger (October 30, 2018). "40 Years Ago, Grete Waitz Changed Women's Running in NYC". Runner's World. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  12. ^ Robb, Sharon (June 28, 1985). "Records fun while they last". Sun-Sentinel. Deerfield Beach, Florida. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c 2019 Media Guide, p. 113.
  14. ^ 2019 Media Guide, pp. 103–104.
  15. ^ 2019 Media Guide, p. 104.
  16. ^ "TCS New York City Marathon 2000: Finishers (Wheelchair)". New York Road Runners. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  17. ^ a b c 2019 Media Guide, pp. 104, 113.
  18. ^ "TCS New York City Marathon 2019: Finishers (Men's Wheelchair)". New York Road Runners. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  19. ^ "TCS New York City Marathon 2019: Finishers (Women's Wheelchair)". New York Road Runners. Retrieved April 28, 2020.

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