Boston Marathon vs. New York City Marathon, By the Numbers

Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the 2013 New York City Marathon. (Photo by MTA/flickr)

Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the 2013 New York City Marathon. (Photo by MTA/flickr)

This year’s New York City Marathon arrives this weekend, so we thought it interesting to take a look at how the NYC Marathon and the Boston Marathon, running’s two biggest and most prestigious events in the U.S., stack up against each other:

Boston Marathon New York City Marathon
Cost $175 $255
Average temperature 49°F/9°C 51°F/10°C
Time standard for men 18-39 3:05 (or 3:10 for ages 35-39) 2:45*
Time standard for women 18-39 3:35 (or 3:40 for ages 35-39) 3:10*
Men’s course record 2:03:02 2:05:06
Women’s course record 2:18:57 2:22:31
First race year 1897 1970
Starting line Hopkinton, Mass. Staten Island, N.Y.
Finish line Boylston Street in Boston, Mass. Central Park
Average finish time** 4:02:30 4:28:57
Number of spectators 500,000 2,000,000

*Time standard is only to guarantee entry into the NYC Marathon, but runners can still apply without meeting the standard. The Boston Marathon requires runners to meet the time standard.

**2014 Boston Marathon average, 2013 New York City Marathon average.

1 comment… add one
  • Tony Wesley October 27, 2014, 11:14 pm

    The number of runners in each event should be part of the comparison.

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