New York City Marathon Pins

New York City Marathon Pins.  A little over a week ago marked the 44th New York City Marathon. Since 1970, runners have been coming out in increasing numbers to run in what has become one of the most popular marathons in the United States. As an established tradition for 45 years, it must be commended for holding only as many races, missing only 1 year. We at PinProsPlus recognize that is has become an experience acknowledging human achievement that bonds and strengthens community. The fan base for the New York City marathon has grown considerably with friends and family, or just fans of the experience, coming out to support the runners. To honor the marathon and those who make it work, we would like to give a crash course on the course and its history.

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The current banner for the New York City Marathon.

History of the New York City Marathon

In 1970, the Presidents of the New York Road Runners Club, Fred Lebow and Vincent Chiappetta, founded what would grow to become the New York City Marathon. The inaugural group was composed of 127 runners, only 55 of whom would complete the race. There were only about 100 spectators during the initial race. Six years later, the city auditor, George Spitz, decided to do something special for the nation’s bicentennial celebration. He proposed (and received approval) to change the course of the marathon. It had originally been a series of laps around Central Park. Spitz’s idea was to have the runners move through all 5 boroughs. It was originally to be for the one year, but it would become the main course of the marathon.

The NY City Marathon is famous for its fierce competition. Its most famous runner may be Grete Waitz, a Norwegian runner. In 1978, she set a course record for women on her first run. She would go on to win 8 more times, and still holds the record for most victories. Her final race is exemplary of the unity that the marathon fosters. Lebow had been diagnosed with brain cancer. After surgery, to celebrate his 60th birthday, he ran in his marathon one last time. Waitz ran with him and they finished simultaneously. Sadly, Lebow died two years later.

This marathon would continue to give hope to the community and show New York’s concern for it. In November of 2001, after the attack on the World Trade Center, the marathon was still held. It showed that in the face of tragedy, people would continue to strive and not let adversity defeat them. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy struck the United States. Although it did not affect the race, the marathon was not run. Some people were upset that it was to be held and the mayor did not want this schism. The marathon was to be a symbol for hope and community. If keeping that image meant postponing a year, they would make that sacrifice. Racers who would have otherwise participated actually stayed to help relief efforts for those affected by the hurricane. Thus, they proved for what the marathon stands.

 The New York City Marathon Today

The New York City Marathon continues to bring participants and spectators closer under the love for the race. It has grown to incorporate the entire marathon, a half race, and wheelchair races. It has also been sponsored by two different groups over the course of its existence: ING and now TCS. However, the spirit of the event has not changed and doesn’t appear like it will any time in the future. PinProsPlus supports the event and wants to help you support your favorite runner. If you have any need for buttons, lapel pins, or banners to promote your racer, contact us today! We’ll be more than glad to help you with a free quote on running pins, custom race medals and more! Order custom New York City Marathon Pins today from PinProsPlus.