forty years ago today, 155 runners lined up in central park for the very first nyc marathon! the first edition of the nyc marathon, a multiple loop course of central park, was a shadow of the five borough tour it expanded to in 1976 - thanks to the imagination of fred leblow.
of the 155 starters that september 13, 1970, morning, only 55 runners crossed the finish line. the first winner, with a time of 2:31:38, was gary muhrcke. there was no woman finisher that first year - beth bonner, with a 2:55:22, was the first woman finisher in 1971.
this november, the 40th edition of the nyc marathon will have a world record starting field 0f more than 40,000 runners!!