The New York City Marathon got its start in 1970 with a little over 120 runners racing four laps around Central Park. Since then, the race has grown to cover all of the city’s boroughs and include 37,000 participants. Though the runners have eight and a half hours to finish the race, the winners cross the line in less than two and a half hours.
Though Kenyans seem to dominate the race with nine wins out of thirty nine races (so far), the truly dominant presence is all American. American men won the first thirteen races, plus a fourteenth win in 2009. The only four-time winner was an American icon by the name of Bill Rogers.
After the US and Kenya, the third place title is a tie between Italy and Mexico, though few members of the general public think of either of these countries as the source of world-class distance runners.
While Kenyans, and Africans in general, will likely increase their win count over the years, the New York City Marathon continues to be a multi-national event with winners from every corner of the globe.