Marathon Runners

The ING NYC Marathon took place Sunday, Nov. 6, and was a huge sensation.

Thousands of runners participated in one of the most anticipated contests of the year and the premiere event of the New York Road Runners.

Participants ran from Staten Island, through Brooklyn, into Manhattan, and finished in Central Park.

Spectators lined the course, cheering and rooting for the runners as they passed by.

Each year, the Marathon inspires people to reach goals they never imagined they could.

Take Michael Kacer, 29, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan who lost his left arm when a rocket pierced through his combat outpost.

I never thought I'd ever be able to run, let alone run a marathon, which was always a life goal for me, Kacer told the Daily Mail.

The NYC Marathon started 41 years ago and, thanks to the diversity and persona of New York City, now attracts thousands of participants worldwide.

The New York City Marathon's unique mix of athletics, neighborhood spirit, and international media attention soon attracted the world's best runners to the annual fall race, writes the ING NYC Marathon website.

Take a look at the 2011 NYC Marathon by the numbers.

47,000: Total number of runners chosen to compete Sunday

26.2-Miles: Distance of the race

$650,000: Grand prize total

2:05:06: Amount of time it took Men's Winner, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, to finish

2:23:15: Amount of time it took Women's Winner, Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia, to finish

$33,203,039: Amount of money raised by ING for charities this year

$250 Million: Estimated amount generated into the city after Sunday's marathon, according to NBC

140,000: Total number of applicants

18-Years-Old: Age of the youngest runner at the NYC Marathon, Martta Kelly from River City, NY

84-Years-Old: Age of the oldest female runner at the NYC Marathon, Joy Johnson from San Jose, Cali.

50-Miles Per Week/150 Push-Ups Per Day: The training Johnson underwent before the Marathon

$30,000: Amount of money softball player Jenny Finch raised for the Road Runners youth program by running in the NYC Marathon

563 Pounds: Amount of coffee donated by sponsor Dunkin Donuts

93,600: Number of eight-ounce bottles of water donated by sponsor Poland Spring

1970: Year of the first NYC Marathon

127: Number of runners in that first race

2 Million: Number of cheering spectators

330 Million: Worldwide broadcast reach's audience

*BONUS*100-Years-Old: Age of the oldest marathon runner ever, Fauja Singh, who came in last at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon