21. The eerie quiet on the Queensboro bridge due to the lack of spectators allowed on the bridge, coupled with its steep incline, makes it one of the toughest stretches of the race.
22. According to ESPN, people are super nervous at the start of this particular race. Their median max heart rate clocked in at 172, instead of a normal race average of 165.
23. Norwegian runner Grete Waitz was the first woman to run the marathon in under two and a half hours, and won a total of nine NYC Marathons -- the biggest winner in the marathon’s history.
24. Tiffany & Co. makes the silver Samuel Rudin Trophy for the elite male and female finishers, just the fancy thing you want to be touching while you're covered in 26 miles worth of sweat.