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New York City Marathon by the numbers

New York City Marathon by the numbers

Updated: October 31, 2011, 12:43 PM ET

• 127: Number of runners who toed the line at the very first New York City Marathon, held in 1970. Only 55 actually finished.

• 9: New York City Marathon victories by Grete Waitz, a Norwegian track star who turned to the marathon at the suggestion of her husband -- and never looked back.

• 47,000: Number of participants projected to race in this Sunday's marathon.

• 38: Percent of those racers who are women.

• 84: ...

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