New York City Marathon 83rd & 1st
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The New York City Marathon is an annual marathon foot-race run over a 42,195 m (26.2 mile) course through the five boroughs of New York City. The NYC Marathon is the largest marathon in the world, with 36,856 runners in 2005 and more than 90,000 applicants in 2006. Along with the Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathon, it is considered the pre-eminent long-distance annual running event in the United States.
The race is produced by the New York Road Runners and has been run every year since 1970. In recent years, it has also been sponsored by financial giant ING. It is held on the first Sunday of November and attracts professional competitors and amateurs from all over the world. Because of the popularity of the race, participation is limited to 37,000 entrants chosen largely by a lottery system, with preference given to previous participants. Runners who are members of the NYRRC can also gain entry by meeting the qualifications for guaranteed entry or via nomination from an official running club. Officially recognized running clubs are allowed two guaranteed spots for members who did not make it in via lottery.