The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon: It Moved You

The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon: It Moved You


The theme of this year’s race, It Will Move You, highlights the life-changing power of every marathon moment. Relive a day that was physically and emotionally transformative for more than 50,000 finishers with our recap of all the ways the TCS New York City Marathon moved you in 2017.

It amazed you.

Olympic medalist and NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador Shalane Flanagan, 36, became the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon in the open division. “I’ve dreamed of a moment like this since I was a little girl,” Flanagan said through tears after the race. Read our pro athlete race report to learn about four more amazing finishes from this year’s elite field.

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It inspired you.

Youth runners played a bigger role than ever at this year’s TCS New York City Marathon, with more than 3,000 kids ages 2–18 taking part in events throughout race week. (Read about them all here.)

Today, five Rising New York Road Runners—one from each of NYC’s five boroughs—along with Rising New York Road Runners Ambassador & Special Advisor Jenny Simpson, served as grand marshals at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.

It united you.

With more than 350 official charity partners for the race—plus NYRR’s own Team for Kids—thousands of runners came together in groups to add meaning to their miles for a variety of causes. 

Meb Keflezighi welcomed a team of 35 runners in support of his MEB Foundation—one representing each of his 25 previous marathons, plus 10 for his final run here in New York. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training celebrated its 30th year of having runners in the New York City Marathon.

Read more about how runners made a difference through today’s 26.2.

It advanced you.

Once again, title sponsor Tata Consultancy Services helped New York Road Runners make the TCS New York City Marathon the most technologically advanced race in the world.

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Pepper, a humanoid robot, welcomed guests to race-week events while promoting the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services.

Back again this year, Performance Metrics brought new insights and deeper engagement to broadcast viewers by highlighting the effect of the race on athletes’ performance. Several notable runners, including former NFL star Tiki Barber, women’s running pioneer Kathrine Switzer, and two-time New York City Marathon wheelchair champion Amanda McGrory, were outfitted with biometric sensors to track their data throughout the 26.2 miles.

It carried you.

Among the 10,000 volunteers who endured today’s rainy conditions to supply runners with water, Gatorade, bananas, gels, and encouragement were more than 1,400 participants in the U.S. Department of State’s J-1 Exchange Visitors Program. People from around the world visit the United States on special visas, work or study for a period of time, and learn new skills—including volunteerism—to bring back to their countries. (Hear from some of today’s J-1 Exchange volunteers.)

Joining race-day volunteers were an estimated 1 million spectators, who lined the course in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx.

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Before runners entered Central Park at Fifth Avenue and East 90th Street, they were greeted with Cheer Cards, a new addition to the course this year. Using the TCS New York City Marathon mobile app, friends, family, and fans created personalized cheer signs for runners, which appeared on a digital screen at a spot in the race where runners surely appreciated a pick-me-up.

It remembered you. 

Al Eford, a Marathon volunteer in Harlem from 1978 to 2014, passed away in September, and to remember him at this year’s race, a banner hung in the spot where he managed music at Fifth Avenue and 138th Street.

It recognized you.

This year’s field was filled with familiar faces, including former NFL star Tiki Barber, comedian Kevin Hart, model Candice Huffine, chef and restaurateur Daniel Humm, model Karlie Kloss, reality TV star Carole Radziwill, singer Prince Royce, and running legend Kathrine Switzer.

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It completed you.

The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon marked Meb Keflezighi’s 26th and final career marathon. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist, 2009 New York City Marathon champion, 2014 Boston Marathon winner, and NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador finished 11th in today’s race.

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For a run down memory lane, read more about each of Meb’s previous New York City Marathon performances.

It strengthened you.

In areas devastated by hurricanes in recent months, many runners continued their training for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon

Everyone was excited to talk to Puerto Rican record-holder Beverly Ramos when she arrived in New York City for the Marathon.

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It protected you.

This week, New York Road Runners extended its deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and all who were affected by the tragedy in Lower Manhattan on October 31. 

It waited for you.

In his role as president of events at New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon, Peter Ciaccia has made a tradition of ensuring that the race’s final finishers still get rock-star treatment. This year, pros were part of the experience, too!

Meb Marathon Moment Mondays: 2017

Meb Marathon Moment Mondays: 2017

Thousands of Youth Inspire All Week Long at the TCS New York City Marathon

Thousands of Youth Inspire All Week Long at the TCS New York City Marathon