Mission and Impact
Our mission is to help and inspire people through running, and together with the help of our NYRR members, supporters, participants, and partners, we work hard every day to fulfill that goal. Rest assured that with every stride we take, we’re focused on making as big an impact as we can on community, youth, charity, and every individual runner.
For Charity in 2018
Raised By NYRR Team For Kids
To believe it is to achieve it. At NYRR we believe: We can build communities and better lives. We can be inspiring and lead by example. We can let passion fuel absolutely everything we do. We can aim high while appreciating what’s within reach. We can create, collaborate, and grow. We believe we can change the world through running.
Our history is rich because we run with passion. It all started with a local running club made up of just 40 people, but over the past 60 years, committed runners have joined us in droves. Time, commitment, and our never-ending mission to help and inspire people through running have led us to become the world’s premier community running organization.
Hall of Fame
Since 2011, NYRR has been proud to honor the runners who have continually raised the bar, both on and off the race course.
New York City Marathon History
What has grown to be so big, started out so small. The first New York City Marathon took place in 1970 and was held entirely in Central Park. There were just 127 entrants and only 55 of them finished. Fast forward to 2018 and over 50,000 participants crossing the finish line. It’s amazing to see how much we’ve grown, and how important running is to so many.