New York City Marathon 40km New York City Marathon
New York City Marathon


Time until start of wave 1 of the New York City Marathon 2019:

The start
Me in 1979m
Me at the finish


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I have been running the New York City Marathon 40 times, each year since my debut in 1978. That time it was 9,875 starters. Only 4 have run it more times in the history of the race. All 4 are from New York. 1 has run 43 times and 3 have run 41 times. On these pages I give advice for other participants and runners who plan to run NYC Marathon for the first time, and for those who have run previously.

After running NYCM 40 times it's finally time for me to create my own Facebook NYCM Help Group.

I will contribute as much as I can with my experience myself. And other members can help each other. Let's make it a great group. First-timers can get all the information that they need there. The name is "New York City Marathon 2019 Help Group". The link is New York City Marathon 2019 Help Group It is a Closed group. That means that anyone can apply, but I have to accept it. Please apply if you are interested. WELCOME!


These pages are updated frequently when I have news. Several have asked me what is changed since the last version. So I will highlight changes and new text since the last update in RED. You always see the last time one of the pages have been updated at the bottom of this page!


Here are some startistics from New York City Marathon 2018:

  • 53,315 started.
  • 52,813 finished. That's an amazing 99.1%! (30,659 men and 22,154 women).
  • Finishers from all 50 US states.
  • Finishers from 154 countries.
  • Oldest man finishing: 86.
  • Oldest woman finishing: 88.
  • 28,310 US finishers (14,255 men and 14,055 women).
  • 24,503 finishers from other countries.
  • 360 Norwegian finishers (225 men and 135 women).
  • New York had the most with 13,635 finishers.
  • Italy had most finishers outside USA with 3,125
  • The age group with the most finishers was 40-44 years with 8,486 finishers (5,108 men and 3,378 women).
  • These are the countries with most finishers:



















Number of finishers for each year that I have run (1978 -2018):

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Click HERE to see the numbers in a table.


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!

Here are all my bibs and medals from 1978 to 2018. You can click on the pictures to see a larger picture.

All medals
All bibs


Runar B. Gundersen. The pages was last updated: October 16, 2019

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